Walter T. Ridder, a former member of the Knight-Ridder board of directors whose newspaper career spanned 50 years, died Saturday. He was 72.
Ridder died at his home in suburban McLean, Va., after a long illness.His first paying newspaper job was an $18-a-week reporting job at the Hartford (Conn.) Times. He later worked for Ridder newspapers in Duluth and St. Paul, Minn., and served as publisher of the Gary, Ind., Post-Tribune.
After serving as a war correspondent in Europe during World War II - he covered the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Dachau in 1945 - he ran the information service for the Marshall Plan in Paris and for many years headed the Ridder papers' Washington bureau.
His last job was on the board for Knight-Ridder, a post he retired from last year.