Leroy F. Aarons, founder of Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, Nov. 28

Leroy F. Aarons, former Oakland Tribune editor and founder of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, in Sebastopol, Calif., after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. Aarons was a national correspondent and editor at the Washington Post for 14 years, including during the Watergate scandal that led to the 1974 resignation of President Nixon. In 1982, he spent a year in Israel as a freelancer the Time Magazine. In 1983, he joined his friend and colleague Robert Maynard, the then-new owner of the Oakland Tribune, as features editor. In 1985, he was named executive editor and in 1988, senior vice president for news. During his tenure, the Tribune won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for its photojournalism during the 1989 earthquake.
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