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Former <i>Post-Dispatch</i> editor William Woo dies


PALO ALTO, Calif. – Former Post-Dispatch editor William Woo has died at the age of 69.

Woo's 34-year journalism career included stints as Post-Dispatch reporter, foreign correspondent, Washington columnist, and editor in chief. He was the paper's first editor not from the Pulitzer family.

He left for California in 1996, and died Wednesday at his home in Palo Alto of complications from cancer. The announcement came from Stanford University, where he was interim director of the Stanford Graduate Journalism Program.

Woo was born in Shanghai and started his journalism career in 1957 as a reporter for the old Kansas City Times. Woo received a Gold Medal Honor Award from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1991.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Shirk, and three sons, Thomas, Bennett and Peter Woo, all of Palo Alto, California.

To read the Post-Dispatch's rememberance of Woo, including some reprinted columns he wrote while in St. Louis, click here.


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