Andrew Viglucci, Ex-San Juan Star Editor, Dies

Published January 9, 2012 5:27PM (EST)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The longtime editor of Puerto Rico's San Juan Star who was an early colleague of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy has died.

A New York funeral home says Andrew Viglucci (vihg-LOO'-chee) died Saturday from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 84.

Viglucci graduated from Albany High School, served in the Navy during World War II and earned a degree from Clark University. In the late 1950s, he and Kennedy, a friend and fellow Albany native, helped launch the English language daily San Juan Star.

Viglucci was managing editor and editor in chief before retiring in 2006 and returning to Albany.

He's survived by his wife, Betsy Lopez Abrams, and five children.

A memorial service was scheduled for Monday evening at New Comer-Cannon Funeral Home in the Albany suburb of Colonie.

By Salon Staff

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