Alexander Joseph ‘Al’ Hruby, former publisher of The Duncan Banner, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at his home in Duncan. He was 84. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church, 704 W. Ash Ave., Duncan, Okla., under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. Hruby served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. In 1965, he went to work at The Duncan Banner, and in 1978 he took over as editor and publisher upon the death of his father-in-law, Harrington Wimberly. Al retired in 1997 when The Banner was sold to American Publishing Co. Hruby was a director and president of the Oklahoma Press Association, a trustee of the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, and a member of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Complaint Review Board and the Higher Education Alumni Council of Oklahoma. He was a board member and a district chairman of the Black Beaver Council, Boy Scouts of America and president of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association. He also was a director of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.
Posted on Mon, November 15, 2010
by Jennifer Gilliland