John L. Cobbs, 1917 1991

For almost two-thirds of BUSINESS WEEK's 62-year history, John L. Cobbs brought distinction to its editorial staff. Armed with a magna cum laude BA and an MA from Stanford University, he started his long career during World War II in Washington--a base from which he helped our readers penetrate the mysteries of such matters as wage and price controls. Moving to New York, he advanced to such posts as finance editor, business policy editor, and managing editor. From 1969 until his retirement in 1982, he held the title of editor, presiding over the editorial page with grace, wisdom, and wit.

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