Alan S. Grigsby
CLAREMONT, NH - Former editor of The Register-Star, Alan S. Grigsby, 75, of Claremont, NH died Sunday, July 26, 2020 from complications of Multiple Myeloma at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Mr. Grigsby was also vice president and secretary of Record Printing and Publishing Company, the corporate entity of the newspaper.
He had a 19-year career with The Register-Star starting in 1967 as a reporter. Later that year at 22 years of age he was named managing editor, the youngest in New York State at that time. “Local news and lots of it,” he often maintained, “is the chief ingredient for the success of a local daily newspaper. If that service to the community is placed second to profit, then the newspaper will gradually lose circulation and advertising support. The reader must come first.” At the time he left the newspaper in 1985 when it was sold to Park Newspapers, The Register-Star had two editions and averaged 160 local news and sports stories and photographs a day. “I was fortunate to get my start in newspapers with Raymond C. Kennedy,” Mr. Grigsby said, “because he taught me to care for the little guy and value all types of local news.” The late Mr. Kennedy was owner and publisher of the newspaper. During Mr. Grigsby’s tenure at the newspaper, circulation grew from 9,500 to almost 16,000 with two editions and offices in Hudson, Valatie and Red Hook.
In 1979, he was named secretary of Record Printing and Publishing and named vice president and editor in 1980. After working in Hudson, Mr. Grigsby became general manager of the Valley News in Lebanon, NH, vice president and general manager of The Times Argus in Barre, VT, and publisher of the Eagle Times in Claremont. Mr. Grigsby was an officer of the New York State Society of Newspaper Editors, a member of the New York State Library’s newspaper preservation committee, and a member of the New England Newspaper Association. He was instrumental in getting many Columbia County newspapers preserved on microfilm.
Locally, he was president of the Hudson Area Association Library’s board of trustees, director and cofounder of the Hudson Men’s Athletic Club, a member of the Columbia Greene Management Association, the Hudson Lions Club, and the Mount Pleasant Reformed Church where he served on the Consistory and was a representative to Classis. Grigsby was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he majored in English and wrote for the college newspaper and a college magazine. He was the son of the late Jack W. and Evelyn (Daniels) Grigsby of Foxborough, Mass. A brother, Sgt. Mark W. Grigsby, was killed in Vietnam.
He is survived by his former spouse, past Lebanon City Councilor Theresa Grigsby, and their sons, Casey Grigsby and wife Amanda of Sharon, Vt., and Greg Grigsby and wife Margy of Grantham, Nh., and grandchildren, Claire Grigsby of Hartford, Vt., and Jack and Sam Grigsby of Sharon and step-grandchildren Paige Torres of Wallingford, Vt., Elye Ashline of Sharon, Vt., and Justin DeCarlo of Grantham, N.H..
A public walk through visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, NH. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral home and the Grigsby family ask those attending the visitation to please wear a face covering and observe social distancing. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at Rockhill Cemetery in Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Reformed Church in Greenport or the Hudson Area Library.