HOUSTON (AP) -- C. David Burgin, a longtime editor who oversaw the Alameda Newspaper Group for seven years, died Monday at his home in Houston after a lengthy illness. He was 75.

Burgin died of the effects of four serious strokes he had suffered since 1997, said his wife, Judy Burgin.

Burgin had served as editor-in-chief of seven U.S. daily newspapers, starting with New Jersey's Paterson News in 1977.

He hired such young talent as future New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and sportswriter Ira Berkow. He talked two Washington bartenders, future Boston Globe business writer Chris Reidy and future Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Daley, into trying newspaper work.

After serving as editor-in-chief of the Paterson News, The Tribune Co. hired him a year later to merge two of its San Francisco Bay Area dailies into the Peninsula Times Tribune, then later sent him to improve and expand the Orlando Sentinel.

In 1985, Hearst Newspapers hired Burgin to revive the fading fortunes of its flagship San Francisco Examiner. He was fired seven months later.

After doing consulting work for a year, Burgin took the offer of former Washington Star colleague William Dean Singleton to be editor-in-chief of the Dallas Times Herald. From 1986 to 1990, Burgin worked to try to save two Singleton dailies from extinction, running the Dallas daily for two years before the owner of its crosstown rival, The Dallas Morning News, bought and folded it.


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Singleton took the proceeds to buy The Houston Post and hired Burgin as its editor-in-chief.

In 1990, Singleton hired Burgin to run the Alameda Newspaper Group, which included the Oakland Tribune. He oversaw the group until 1997, when he suffered the first of his strokes.