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Tom Leathers, publisher of The Squire, dies

By JIM SULLINGER
The Kansas City Star

Tom Leathers, a Kansas City area journalist and publisher of The Squire, died Monday at age 77.

In addition to editing and publishing weekly newspapers for many years, he was the host of talk shows on area radio stations and cable television in Johnson County.

He also appeared in several movies shot in the Kansas City area: “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge” with Paul Newman, “Truman” with Gary Sinise and Robert Altman’s “Kansas City.”

Leathers was president of The Ad Center, an advertising agency, and publisher of more than 150 books by area and Midwest authors.

He was raised in Kansas City and attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, where he earned a degree in journalism. He formerly covered police and city government for The Kansas City Star.

During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Navy as a naval air intelligence officer.

Leathers founded the Best in Theatre Awards and was formerly a member of advisory boards for the Dream Factory, ALS Society and St. Joseph Health Center. He was on the advisory board of Avila College and was program chairman of the Men’s Breakfast Club at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

He was married to Patty Leathers, a post-anesthesia nurse, and had two sons — David Leathers, publisher of Kansas City Homes & Gardens, and Kevin Leathers, a New York attorney.
Published in Kansas City Star on Sept. 13, 2005
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