Obit – George Killenberg

George A. Killenberg, 91, St. Louis, a longtime editor of the old St. Louis Globe-Democrat, died May 20, 2008, at his home.
Mr. Killenberg grew up in St. Louis and attended St. Louis University, where he worked as sports information director.
He was hired as a reporter at the Globe-Democrat in 1941. He served in the Army medical corps during World War II.
After the war he returned to the Globe and to SLU, where he earned a master’s in American history. Among the stories he covered was the coal mine disaster in Centralia, Ill., in 1947 that killed 111 miners.
In 1956 Mr. Killenberg was promoted to city editor, then to managing editor 10 years later and to executive editor in 1979. He retired when the Newhouse family sold the newspaper in 1984, two years before the Globe closed for good.
Mr. Killenberg served as president of the St. Louis Press Club and the Mid-America Press Institute. He was known as a strong advocate of local news.
His wife, Therese, died in November after 64 years of marriage. Survivors are three daughters, two sons, a sister, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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