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David Esden Archie ’50

Published in July 2, 1997, issue

Dave Archie died Jan. 6, 1997, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines of a respiratory ailment. He was 71.

He graduated from Shenandoah H.S. and Phillips Exeter Academy before serving for two years as a radioman in the Navy during WWII. While at Princeton he was managing editor of Tiger.

After graduation from Princeton, Dave worked as an editor for Look magazine and then returned to his native Iowa in 1952 where he founded the Iowan magazine. He helped turn the family business, Mid

American Publishing Corp., into an empire that stretched across Iowa. One of his first successes for which he received national recognition was the reissue of Harpers Weekly from 1861 to 1865 as a part of the Civil War Centennial. His biggest success was the Conservative Chronicle followed by the Liberal Opinion, whose views more closely adhered to his.

In addition to publishing, Dave was a patron of the arts and a charter member of the Iowa Arts Council. An avid supporter of the art department of Drake U., he established a student art show prize fund in the name of his late son, David Thaddeus Archie.

Dave is survived by his wife, Joyce, a daughter, Jeanette, and a sister, Louise Tinley, to whom we offer our deepest sympathies.

The Class of 1950

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