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Albert Delacorte, Journalism Trust Administrator, Dies at 90

Albert Delacorte, administrator of the trust that founded the George T. Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism and the Delacorte Professorship in Magazine Journalism, died on Aug. 23 at his home in San Francisco. He was 90 years of age. The cause was prostate cancer complicated by emphysema.

Born on Oct. 30, 1913, Delacorte graduated from Princeton in 1935 and received master's degrees from Teachers College in 1963 and 1984. Delacorte was a son of George T. Delacorte, the founder of Dell Publishing and noted philanthropist. The younger Delacorte worked at Dell until 1961, editing two magazines as well as pocket-sized books.

Established in 1984, the George T. Delacorte Center coordinates magazine study within the Graduate School of Journalism. The center operates the Delacorte Magazine Lab and provides workshops for those in the industry who seek to improve their skills and technical expertise. It generates a continuing exchange of ideas with the magazine community through the annual George T. Delacorte lecture series as well as informal meetings between students and industry professionals. The center also provides technical assistance to students interested in launching their own magazine ventures.

Delacorte is survived by his wife, Letitia; his son Peter; his daughters Erika, Kate and Fifi Spangler; and five grandchildren.

Published: Oct 08, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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