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LEXINGTON, Kentucky (AP) — John S. Carroll, former editor of the Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times, which won 13 Pulitzer Prizes during his five-year tenure, has died. He was 73.

Carroll died Sunday morning at his home in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was once editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, said his wife, Lee Carroll. He had been suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare and debilitating neurological disorder.

Carroll was editor and senior vice president at the Baltimore Sun from 1991 until 2000, when he took the head position at the Times that would become his last journalism job in a career spanning 40 years.

His years at the Times were considered a high point in the newspaper's recent history, and he and his managing editor Dean Baquet, who would succeed Carroll there and go on to lead The New York Times, were given credit for reviving newsroom morale after a 1999 issue of the paper's Sunday magazine whose revenue sharing agreement with the new downtown Staples Center arena became an ethical crisis and source of discord.

The paper's 13 Pulitzers during Carroll's five years came after it won just eight in the 1990s.

Carroll's departure came amid increasing tensions over newsroom budget cuts and the paper's direction with corporate owner, the Tribune Company.

He received a standing ovation from the staff when he announced his resignation, and the Times' then-publisher Jeff Johnson told The Associated Press that Carroll left behind an "extraordinary legacy of journalistic excellence."

Born in New York and raised in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., Carroll graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania in 1963 and took his first job as a reporter for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island.

He served two years in the Army and in 1966 went to work as a reporter for the Sun, where he covered the Vietnam War and the Nixon White House.

Carroll shifted to editor with a move to the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1973. He was hired by editor Gene Roberts, who successfully sought to transform that paper into a major force in journalism in the 1970s.

Carroll moved to Lexington in 1979, becoming editor at the Lexington Herald, which later became the Lexington Herald-Leader.

While there, he oversaw an investigative series titled "Cheating Our Children," focusing on the flaws in Kentucky's public education system and helping lead to a major series of legislative reforms in 1990.

Associated Press writer Ben Nuckols in Washington contributed to this report.

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Published in KPCNews on Jun. 14, 2015.
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November 25, 2016
Valenda Newell
August 19, 2015
Dear Lee, I just realized that John passed; I didn't know he was ill. He touched many of us at The Los Angeles Times. I only knew him for a short while but I'll never forget him. I hope he died peacefully and I send my love to your family.
July 22, 2015
dear Lee - we were dismayed to learn of John's death. we have always been appreciative of the care and guidance you both gave us when we lived in Lexington. so glad to have you look us up when you were in RI.
Joel & Janeen Rawson
Harrisville, RI
June 23, 2015
Dear Lee,
My heart is breaking for you....sending much love.
Trish Hennessy
June 22, 2015
It was an honor to work under John Carroll at the Herald-Leader many years ago. A truly great man and one of the giants in American journalism. Heartfelt sympathies to the family.
Kevin Cassady
June 19, 2015
I would like to offer my deepest condolences for your loss. May your family find peace and comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be gone for this has been promised.
June 19, 2015
Dear Lee,
I send my heartfelt sympathy to you and family.
Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer, SBC '64
June 18, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 17, 2015
Dear Lee and family. My heart breaks for you, as I just lost my Mother to CJD in April. I understand your pain and hope that you can find comfort in this time of sorry. It is such a terrible disease, that takes our loved ones so suddenly, and without warning. God Bless you and your family.
Michelle Silverstein, Pepper Pike Ohio
Michelle Silverstein
June 17, 2015
Dear Lee,
We send our love and condolences from Massachusetts.
Lee Acker & Linda Connolly
June 17, 2015
Dear Lee and family...I'm so saddened to hear of your great loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Much love to you...Barbara Watson
June 16, 2015
Dear Lee, what an amazing man your husband was. It was our privilege to get to talk to him occasionally at Starbucks. We will be in California during the memorial service but will be thinking of you. Ellen and Mike Karpf
Ellen karpf
June 16, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
J Jones
June 16, 2015
Beloveds, I know he will truly by missed. May you find peace and comfort from God who assures us he won't leave us bereaved.
June 16, 2015
Thank you for raising journalistic standards and for nurturing Pulitzer Prize winning work. RIP.
J Graduate
June 15, 2015
To all the friends and family of Mr. Carroll, please accept my condolences. May our dear father in heaven comfort you, strengthen you and give you peace. Romans 15:13
June 15, 2015
I had the opportunity to work for and with John Carroll. There was never a person before or after him that I valued their opinion and insight more. I will give you one example of the man's character. I was covering the NAIA basketball championships in Kansas City. I checked out of my hotel because there was a great likelihood that the team that I was covering was going to lose. So, I was gong to catch the first plane back to Kentucky so that I could then get to Spring Training for the Reds. Unfortunately, for me, the team pulled one of the biggest upsets in tournament history and won. When I went to check back into the hotel, the staff informed me that my credit card had been hacked and I had no resources to pay for the room. At nearly midnight, the fine folks that worked in Mr. Carroll's office got in touch with him. And, he sent his personal credit card info to the hotel so that I could re-check back in and then he wired me money. Upon my return, I went to see John and repay him for his kindness and he simply smiled and said: "I will never let one of my reporters down." He never did. He and the late Creed Black were two people that stood very tall and very firm in building the Herald-Leader into a newspaper that all could be proud to call their own. They were pillars. And, when you worked for those two gentlemen, you worked for the right side. God bless you John, in your next journey. May the winds carry you as far as you carried us. All the best, my good and faithful friend. You will be missed.
June 15, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathy for loss of a Humanitarian and a friend to all mankind.
Susan Sadr
June 15, 2015
It was a pleasure to work with such a kind and generous man. John had an open door for even a more junior colleague. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Megan Easton
June 15, 2015
To the family of John Carroll I'm very sorry for your loss. May God comfort the entire family during this difficult and sad time.
June 15, 2015
We sure were sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts are with you and the family. John was a terrific person and we will be making a contribution to the Scholarship Fund at Alice Lloyd College.
Peter and Lana Perlman
June 15, 2015
May the family find strength from God to get through the challenging days ahead.
June 15, 2015
June 15, 2015
May the true God comfort and your broken hearts and heal your pain (Psalm119:76) My condolences to the Carroll family
June 15, 2015
To the CARROLL FAMILY in their time of grief, drawing close to the 'God' of all comfort is what will sustain you. (2 Cor. 1:3)
C. Wilson
June 15, 2015
My condolences to the family. May God give you the comfort you during this difficult time. 2Cor 1:4
June 15, 2015
Offering my condolences for your loss. May your cherished memories help to strengthen and comfort your heart. God loving provides a guaranteed promise to soon remove "sickness and death" forever. May you find peace and joy during this most difficult time.

June 15, 2015
With deepest sympathy to the Carroll family.
May the God of Comfort (Psalm 83:18) grant you the needed strength and the sweetest peace during your time of grief. And may you always cherish the many fond memories of times spent with John.
Juanita, Florida
June 15, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 15, 2015
We'll miss you !
Adrian Barnette
June 15, 2015
May the love of God carry family and friends through this grievous time. 1 John 3:20.
June 15, 2015
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving - kindness comfort and help you through this difficult time (Psalms 119:50,76)
June 14, 2015
John was not only an Editor of Integrity. He was a man of integrity in every area of his life.If you were fortunate to know him as a professional colleague or friend, as I was,his honesty, kindness, fairness and dazzling intelligence were always obvious.I hope that his modesty did not keep him from realizing how many people he influenced in the best of ways.The lessons I learned from him as a journalist and friend will stay with me forever

Sue Wylie
June 14, 2015
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
June 14, 2015
No memories of the man. I do have admiration for his work. I'm figuring he was a good man.
Sorry to hear of his death.
david benjamin
June 14, 2015
No finer person has lived among us in Lexington for some great while. He was a good friend to our family and will be missed.
Harrison Pettit
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