Former Salem, Ore., editor McMillan dies at 80

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A former editor who oversaw the 1980 merger of the Oregon Statesman and the Capital Journal has died at the age of 80.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://is.gd/MwPrfd ) that John Hartshorn McMillan died Thursday at his Salem home. His wife of 54 years, Carolyn, said he died of cancer.

McMillan was executive editor of the Statesman and the Journal in Salem during the 1970s and oversaw their merger into the Statesman Journal.

In 1985, he became publisher of the Gannett Co. paper in Utica, N.Y.

He and his wife returned to Salem in 1991. They chaired a task force to identify community priorities in Marion and Polk counties, an effort that led to the creation of Marion-Polk Food Share. He also taught writing at Willamette University's Atkinson School of Management.

A May 26 memorial is planned at the Salem Public Library.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, two grandchildren and a brother.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com