Frank Leeming, a member of the University City High School class of 1956, spent nearly 60 years as a journalist, editor and publisher at newspapers from coast to coast.
After graduating from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Leeming became a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In seven years there, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
He was a correspondent for Life magazine and became editorial editor of seven Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers based in Decatur, Ill.
Leeming became business editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1971. A year later he was named city editor and then assistant to the executive editor. In 1976, he was named circulation sales and marketing manager for both The Inquirer and Daily News.
In 1978, he was named publisher of the Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News. In 1982 and 1983, the newspaper was judged the best large-circulation newspaper in Tennessee.
In 1983, Leeming and his wife, Joyce, purchased The Journal of the San Juan Islands and moved to Friday Harbor, Wash., to publish the weekly newspaper serving a county composed of 172 islands in Puget Sound.
Nine years later, they sold the paper and a commercial printing company and retired to Hot Springs Village, Ark., the nation’s largest gated community.
After playing golf for 12 years on the Village’s seven courses, he became editor of the Hot Springs Village Voice, a weekly paper serving the community, from 2005-8. In 2012, Leeming was elected to the board of directors of the Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association, representing 34,000 property owners.
Over the years, Leeming was a member of the American Newspaper Publishers Association, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, National Conference of Editorial Writers and served as a director of the Tennessee and Washington state press associations.
Leeming and his wife have five children six grandchildren.
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