CHARLESTON, S.C. - Peter Manigault, the longtime head of the Evening Post Publishing Co., has died, his company's flagship newspaper reported.
Mr. Manigault died Monday at age 77, according to The Post and Courier. A cause of death was not given.
He was remembered by CNN founder Ted Turner as "one of my closest friends." Mr. Turner said the two shared an appreciation for the outdoors and a "love of all living things."
"He was one of the most decent, kindhearted, intelligent, well-read men I've ever known," Mr. Turner said.
In addition to leading Evening Post Publishing, whose holdings include The Post and Courier among its four daily newspapers, 11 weekly newspapers and 10 television stations, Mr. Manigault was remembered as a leader in land conservation and historic preservation in his native Charleston.
"He provided the leadership for the newspapers to make preservation issues important news. He gave ink, he gave space, he gave coverage," Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said.
"Without all that, Charleston would have been a very different place."
Mr. Manigault also preserved large parcels of Lowcountry land,
A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Manigault attended Naval Intelligence School at Anacostia Naval Station. He earned the Legion of Merit with a Combat V and the Order of Military Merit from the Republic of Korea.
In 1959, he followed in his father's footsteps and became president and publisher of Evening Post Publishing Co. He became chairman of the board in 1984.
Mr. Manigault graduated from Episcopal High School in Virginia and from Princeton University. He studied business and finance at the University of Pennsylvania's graduate business school.
He began his journalism career as a reporter for the Columbia Record and the Charleston papers before moving into the business and management side of the company.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; children, Pierre and Gabrielle; and three grandchildren.