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Services set for former Miami Herald editor John McMullan

In this January 2007 file photo, Herald sports columnist Edwin Pope, left, joked with former executive editor John McMullan and his wife Betty at the Rusty Pelican.
In this January 2007 file photo, Herald sports columnist Edwin Pope, left, joked with former executive editor John McMullan and his wife Betty at the Rusty Pelican. Miami Herald file

Services have been set for the end of the week for John McMullan, former executive editor of the Miami Herald, who died July 25 at age 95.

A viewing will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, at Stanfill Funeral Homes, 10545 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest. Burial will follow at Woodlawn North, 3260 SW 8th St., Miami.

During McMullan’s two-term tenure as the Miami Herald’s highest-ranking editor in the late 1960s and again from 1976 to 1983, the paper won five Pulitzer prizes. He was a tough-minded editor who opened domestic and foreign bureaus and oversaw popular sections like Neighbors, Weekend and the former Sunday magazine, Tropic.

Tributes poured into the Herald after his death.

“John was a great newspaperman in the tradition of newspaper people,” said Merrett Stierheim, former Miami-Dade county manager, who had his battles with McMullan during the 1970s and ’80s.

“In John’s time, we all felt almost omnipotent, as if the paper’s great influence came from our own personal power, but it really came from McMullan,” said Arnold Markowitz, a retired Herald reporter.

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