Cecil Carle; Former Publicity Director at Paramount Studios
Cecil (Teet) Carle, who began a media career as a cub reporter under the legendary William Allen White, furthered it by starting USC’s Sports News Bureau under coaches Howard Jones and Dean Cromwell and went to films, where he retired as publicity director for Paramount, has died.
Jackie Cochrane, a longtime friend, said Carle was 92 when he died Monday at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank.
He was editor of the high school paper in his native Emporia, Kan., where he grew up as “Teet” because a younger sibling couldn’t pronounce Cecil.
After three years of college, he went to work for White’s Emporia Gazette, then among the most authoritative, respected suburban newspapers in the country.
Carle moved to Los Angeles in 1922 to complete his education at USC and after graduation began the Sports News Bureau as the Trojans were drawing increasing national attention for athletics.
He joined Paramount’s publicity department in 1927, became a founder and early president of the Screen Publicists Guild and for six years was on the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He also wrote several successful mystery novels for Random House under the pseudonym Michael Morgan.
A widower, he is survived by two daughters, Gwen Lindahl and Dolores Crowley, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.