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Subject: Irma Connolly, Tempe Daily News publisher

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Date Posted: April 14, 2003 6:52:30 EDT

Irma Connolly, 85, who published the Tempe Daily News along with her husband Francis Connolly for almost 40 years, April 6 in Mesa, Ariz.

She helped publish the newspaper, a predecessor to the East Valley Tribune, from 1944 to 1980. She sold the paper to Cox Newspapers in 1980 to settle the estate of her husband, who died in 1978.

Frank Connolly gave up his job as the news editor of KTAR in 1944 to buy the Tempe Daily News from the heirs of its founder, Curt Miller, who started the paper in 1887. The paper had a circulation of just 110 and was largely composed of legal advertising.

Before Frank's death, the paper reported 15,000 subscribers.

The couple's longtime commitment to the community led the Tempe Elementary School District to name a middle school in their honor.

Survivors include a son.

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