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Ex-managing editor of Gainesville Sun dies at 79

A former managing editor of The Gainesville Sun who edited a book celebrating the University of Florida's first-ever national football championship has died.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. —

A former managing editor of The Gainesville Sun who edited a book celebrating the University of Florida's first-ever national football championship has died.

Curt Pierson was 79. Family members tell the Sun ( http://bit.ly/YZGpQK) that Pierson died Tuesday of prostate and bone cancer in Warren, Vt.

Pierson joined the north Florida newspaper in 1991 and worked as managing editor until 1998, when he retired. During his time at the Sun, Pierson also edited "Gator Glory," a book published by the newspaper about Florida's 1996 football championship.

He began his newspaper career with The Day of New London, Conn. He subsequently served as editor or managing editor at newspapers in Gardner, Mass., Bremerton, Wash., Spokane, Wash., and Middletown, N.Y.

Pierson was born May 11, 1933, in Norwich, Conn.

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Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com

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