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Richard Betts Scudder

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Richard Betts Scudder

AGE: 99 • Navesink

Richard Scudder, 99, died peacefully at his home in Navesink, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Difani of New Mexico, Dr. Charles Scudder of Oregon, Carolyn Miller of Pennsylvania and Jean Scudder of Maine, his eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Mr. Scudder graduated from Princeton University with honors in Economics in 1935, and began a long and illustrious career in the newspaper business. He worked for the Boston Herald before joining his father, Edward Wallace Scudder, at the Newark Evening News. He became publisher in 1952, until it's sale in 1970. Scudder served in the Army during WWII, from 1941 to 1945, earning the rank of Major, and a bronze star. He was given an intelligence assignment with the 12th Army Group on Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's staff in Europe. He later served in Germany and Washington, D.C. He married Elizabeth Armstrong Shibley in 1944, and made his home in Monmouth County in 1948. They were married for 60 years until her death in 2004. He is known to his children as a dear friend and constant supporter. Mr. Scudder is best known for pioneering the development of the first newspaper recycling process and plant in the world, opening a plant in Garfield, NJ in 1961, and for his continued newspaper career with partner, Dean Singleton at Media News Group, Inc. Singleton and Scudder first met in 1977, and together built Media News from one small local paper, The Gloucester County Times in Woodbury, NJ, into the second largest privately held newspaper group in the country in circulation, until he retired in 2010. He was passionately devoted to the workings of the newsroom and mentored many reporters and editors, becoming known as "the conscience of the business." Mr. Scudder loved the outdoors and was a committed conservationist. He, and longtime friend, Dr. Charles Houston hiked to the base camp of Mt. Everest when Scudder was 68. He was a trustee of the Princeton Environmental Institute and Rutgers University and received an honorary Doctorate from Monmouth College. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are known and loved in the community for their generosity and inclusiveness, and are both deeply missed by friends and family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 28th, 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church Of Rumson, 4 E. River Road, Rumson, NJ. Donations may be sent in lieu of flowers to New Jersey Audubon Society or The Nature Conservancy.

Published in Asbury Park Press on July 13, 2012
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