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DILLARD MUNFORD, FORMER GANNETT FOUNDATION AND FREEDOM FORUM TRUSTEE, DIES AT 75

 ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Dillard Munford, a former trustee of The Freedom Forum and its predecessor organization, the Gannett Foundation, died on Wednesday in Atlanta of heart failure, The Freedom Forum announced. He was 75.
 Munford was the founder and former chairman and chief operating officer of Munford, Inc., an Atlanta firm that began in 1946 as a manufacturer of rock wool insulation for Sears Roebuck & Company and grew over the years into a far-flung business empire that operated and franchised convenience food stores, gasoline outlets and import stores for home decorations, arts and crafts. When the firm was sold in 1988, it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, had sales of about $460 million a year and employed more than 8,000 people.
 Born May 13, 1918, in Cartersville, Ga., Munford earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. At the time of his death, he was the author of an editorial column that appeared in more than 30 weekly newspapers in Georgia and in the Highlander in Highland, N.C., where he had a summer home. Munford also spent two years as a weekday commentator for WCNN-AM radio in Atlanta.
 Munford, who was active in a variety of Atlanta civic affairs, was elected in 1984 to the Gannett Foundation's board of trustees, where he was a member of the board's local grants committee. In 1989, he became an advisory trustee of the Gannett Foundation, which became The Freedom Forum in 1991. His term as an advisory trustee ended in April 1993.
 "Dillard Munford was a good friend of The Freedom Forum and a tireless supporter of our mission to promote free speech, free press and free spirit. His wisdom and counsel will be sorely missed," said Charles L. Overby, president and chief executive officer of The Freedom Forum.
 Funeral services for Munford will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta. In lieu of flowers, his family asked that donations be made to Emory Hospital Heart Center in Atlanta.
 The Freedom Forum is a non-partisan, international organization dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. It does not solicit or accept contributions and is supported by an endowment established by Frank E. Gannett in 1935 that has grown to more than $720 million in diversified, managed assets. Its headquarters is The Freedom Forum World Center in Arlington.
 The Freedom Forum's main operating programs are The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University in New York City, the nation's first institute for the advanced study of mass communication and technological change; and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
 Other activities include journalism education and professional programs; support for minority journalism students and education; free press initiatives in Eastern and Central Europe; and exchanges, internships and fellowships in Asia, Latin America and other regions around the world.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry W. Friedheim, vice president/public affairs, 703-284-3520, or Cheryl Arvidson, director/media relations, 703-284-3507, both of The Freedom Forum/


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