Dick Youngblood, a longtime business columnist and editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune who wrote up to three columns weekly from 1983 until his retirement in 1998, died last month at the age of 85.
Neal St. Anthony of the Star Tribune writes, “In the 1970s, Youngblood pioneered an annual special section about executive compensation. Dave Beal, retired business editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, recalled that some executives were unhappy with that.
“Youngblood admired candid executives. In 1998, in his last column as an employee, Youngblood reminisced about some of his favorites, including a deceased securities industry CEO.
“‘And there’s the stunning combination of wit and courage with which the late Tom Dale, then CEO of [the former] Dain Bosworth, confronted the death sentence attached to the diagnosis of liver and pancreatic cancer he’d just been handed,’ Youngblood wrote. ‘The good news, he told a friend, is that I’m not a hypochondriac.'”
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