Former McDowell News owner/publisher Gene Fowler dies at 91


Gene Fowler, former president of Great Southern Media Inc. and publisher of The McDowell News from 1969 until 1982, died Monday at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the age of 91.

Fowler took over the newspaper from former owner-publisher John W. Setzer, who had overseen operations since 1944. Fowler came to Marion from Spartanburg, S.C., where he had been classified advertising manager for the Spartanburg Herald Journal with previous newspaper experience in Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Georgia and Florida.

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