Tom Kelly, former Post Editor, dies at 84



Kelly led The Post from 1973 to 1987 as it went through a key period in its growth.

Tom Kelly, who from 1973 to 1987 helped to lead The Palm Beach Post through a key period in its growth, died Sunday at 84 in West Palm Beach, his family said.

Kelly “set the groundwork to turn The Post from a scrappy midsize newspaper into one of the best newspapers of its size in the country,” Jan Tuckwood, a longtime Post senior editor and now director of revenue content, wrote Monday.

And Kelly wrote in his Jan. 18, 1987, farewell column that in just two decades, “The Post has gone from ‘little paper’ to ‘good little paper’ to ‘good middle-sized paper’ to ‘good-and-getting better metropolitan paper.’ ”

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