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Charles McKinley, emeritus member of Penn State Fayette Advisory Board, dies

3/12/2010 —
Charles “Chas” William McKinley, 86, of Brownsville, Pa., died Thursday, March 11, at his home. McKinley was an emeritus member of the Penn State Fayette Advisory Board, which he joined in 1965.

McKinley was born April 5, 1923, in Clinton, Iowa. He earned a degree in economics from the University of Iowa, where he was the drum major of the university’s marching band. He served his country during World War II in the United States Air Force, as part of the Caribbean Defense Command, 32nd Fighter Squadron 6th Air Force.

McKinley was president of the Brownsville Publishing Corp., which published the Telegraph, a daily newspaper. He worked at the Telegraph for 39 years before selling the paper in 1988.

McKinley was active in a variety of community organizations well into retirement. He was a past-president of the Fayette County Development Council and was active with the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, Brownsville General Hospital, and the Brownsville Planning Commission. He served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank & Trust, Integra, and National City Bank. He was an elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Brownsville and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of California. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers’ Association (1967) and president of the PNPA Foundation.
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