Sentinel publisher, IJHF member dies

This story was posted on May 25, 2010.


Owner and president of The Rochester Sentinel Jack K. Overmyer, 85, died May 21 after a life spent in journalism and in devotion to his Fulton County hometown.

Overmyer, ’46, was managing editor of The Rochester News-Sentinel and Sentinel from 1952 to 1966. He became editor and publisher in 1966, president of The Sentinel Corp. in 1970 and assumed full ownership of the newspaper in July 1976. He had started working at the newspaper as a high school student.

At IU, Overmyer was an athletic information director; president of his social fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon; president of the campus chapter of professional journalism fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi; and a member of the Blue Key and Skull and Crescent honorary organizations. He was sports editor of the Indiana Daily Student campus newspaper and the Arbutus yearbook.

He was author of A Stupendous Effort: The 87th Indiana in the War of the Rebellion, which traced Fulton County soldiers in the Civil War. He wrote and published three other books, all compilations of his speeches and pieces from his long-running Sentinel column, “Considered Comment.” His final Sentinel column ran three days before his death.

Overmyer's newspaper career began as sports editor for The Rochester News-Sentinel prior to his senior year in high school. He remained on staff as general news reporter for a year after high school graduation, then enrolled at Indiana University in May 1942. He worked at the Indianapolis Star as a sportswriter for six years before rejoining the News-Sentinel.

Overmyer was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1999. Read his column on his bio page.


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