Charles Rowe, former Free Lance-Star editor-publisher, dies

AP News
Posted: Mar 15, 2015 3:01 PM

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Charles S. Rowe, the former editor and co-publisher of The Free Lance-Star and a leading voice for press freedom, has died. He was 89.

The Free Lance-Star ( reports that Rowe died Friday at a hospital in Florida.

He and his brother, Josiah P. Rowe III, took over as co-publishers of the newspaper after their father died in 1949. He retired in 1997.

Rowe served as president of The Associated Press board of directors from 1976 until 1985. He argued before Congress and in editors' forums for fewer governmental restrictions on the flow of information.

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He is survived by his wife, Lee Pelham Rowe, three children, two stepchildren, and his brother. A memorial service is scheduled March 21 in Fredericksburg.