|Larry Israel and Kathine Graham|
Friday, July 31, 2015
Larry Israel Dead
Larry H. Israel, a veteran media executive who served as president of The Washington Post Co. from 1973 to 1977, and led an expansion of the company’s radio and television holdings, died July 29 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. He was 95.
The cause was complications from a recent heart ailment, said his daughter, Susan Israel.
Mr. Israel spent most of his decades-long career in broadcasting, starting out as a radio journalist shortly after World War II. He crossed from editorial to corporate operations and was president of the Westinghouse Broadcasting stations group before joining The Post Co. in 1968.
Mr. Israel was hired as chairman and chief executive of Post-Newsweek Stations Inc., a Post Co. subsidiary that owned the WTOP radio and TV stations in Washington and WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla.
Also a director and vice president of the parent Post Co. — led by President Katharine Graham and board chairman Frederick S. “Fritz” Beebe — Mr. Israel oversaw the acquisition of a television station in Miami and a radio station in Cincinnati, among other projects.