Former Joplin Globe Publisher John N. Wilcox, 73, of Centerville, Massachusetts, passed away on May 2, 2018.
John was born February 7, 1945, in Faribault, Minnesota. He grew up in Elysian, Minnesota, and worked for the family-owned newspaper, the Waterville Advance. He came from a newspaper family. His grandfather, father and brother were newspaper publishers. His mother was a columnist.
He graduated in 1967 from Mankato (Minnesota) State University with majors in political science and business administration, and a minor in journalism. He edited and published the weekly Lakeville Times in Minnesota from 1967 to 1970, when he joined Ottaway Newspapers Inc. as a Free Press advertising representative before being elevated to marketing director and circulation manager. He worked at the Ottaway paper, the Owatonna People's Press, in separate stints as general manager and publisher until serving as general manager of the News-Times in Danbury, Connecticut from 1983 to 1987. He came to Joplin in 1987 as publisher.
John served as publisher of the Globe for nine years. In 1996 he became publisher of the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Massachusetts. In 2002 he joined the Ottaway corporate staff as Executive Vice President. He was named President and CEO of the Local Media Group in 2003. He was also a Senior Vice President of Dow Jones. He retired in 2008.
John married Patricia Dudley on Sept. 3, 1966.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jessica Mary Heydon.
John is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Jennifer Rohman and husband, Kevin, Jim Wilcox and wife, Kari, John Wilcox and wife, Carly; son-in-law Jonathan Heydon; 10 grandchildren; and brother Allan Wilcox and wife, Mary Ann.
Published on May 16, 2018