William C. Boyne, 95,longtime publisher of Rochester Post Bulletin


William C. Boyne, a former publisher and general manager of the Post Bulletin in Rochester, Minn., died there Aug. 16. He was 95.

A World War II veteran and graduate of Cornell University, Boyne, spent his entire career in newspapers, including 24 years at the Post Bulletin. He joined the paper in 1979 as general manager, became editor in 1980, and editor and publisher in 1982. He retired in 2003.

"Bill Boyne was a giant in our profession. His commitment to fair and ethical news coverage was unrelenting," Post Bulletin Publisher Len R. Small said in an obituary in the Post Bulletin written by Tom Weber.

He left behind a tradition of excellence and community leadership that is a central part of the heritage of the Post Bulletin. He will be badly missed, but his legacy will endure."

Boyne attended Cornell from 1940 to 1942 before serving as a warrant officer on the staff of the Army's 63rd Division in Europe from 1942 to 1946. After being discharged from the Army, Boyne returned to Cornell, earning a bachelor's degree in English in 1948.

Boyne began his professional career at the old East St. Louis (Ill.) Journal, rising from reporter to city editor. In 1956, he became managing editor of the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Ill., before returning in 1961 to the Journal as editor.