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Former Herald-Examiner publisher George R. Hearst Jr. dies at 84

June 26, 2012 | 10:36 am

George Randolph Hearst Jr., the eldest grandson of newspaper titan William Randolph Hearst who went on to become publisher of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and ultimately chairman of the Hearst Corp., died Monday in Palo Alto. He was 84.

Hearst died at Stanford University Medical Center of complications from a stroke, the company said in a statement.

Born July 13, 1927, in San Francisco to George Randolph Hearst and the former Blanche Wilbur, he followed in the family tradition of newspaper work in 1948 at the Los Angeles Examiner.

After serving in the Army during the Korean War, the younger Hearst returned to the print world, first at the San Francisco Examiner then at the Los Angeles Evening Herald-Express and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, eventually becoming publisher of the L.A. papers.

Hearst took over as chairman of the Hearst Corp. in 1996, overseeing the company’s publishing interests as well as vast real estate holdings. He was also president of the Hearst Foundation and director of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

His survivors include his wife, Susan; three children from his marriage to Mary Thompson that ended in divorce, George R. Hearst III, Stephen T. Hearst and Erin Hearst Knudsen; stepchildren, six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and his twin sister, Phoebe Hearst Cooke. His oldest child, Mary “Bunny” Hearst Ives, died in 2004.

A complete obituary will follow at latimes.com/obits.

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