Randolph Apperson Hearst (December 2, 1915 – December 18, 2000)
was the fourth and last surviving son of
William Randolph Hearst
William Randolph Hearst and
Millicent Hearst. His twin brother, David, died in 1986. Randolph is
the father of Patty Hearst.
After his graduation from
Harvard University in 1938, Randolph Hearst
joined the family business, the Hearst Corporation. Long active in
management of the San Francisco Examiner, he eventually became
chairman of the Hearst board (1973–96). He retired in favor of his
nephew, George Randolph Hearst, Jr.
Randolph Hearst never had the opportunity to become Chief Executive
Officer. His father's will established a trust that had five family
(initially his sons, then their heirs) and eight non-family trustees.
All trustees served for life and elected their successors, which
maintained the proportions of family and non-family trustees. The
trustees name the corporation's board of directors, and the trust does
not dissolve until all grandchildren of
William Randolph Hearst
William Randolph Hearst alive
at his death have died. It was under Randolph Hearst's chairmanship
that the chief executive inherited from his father, Richard E. Berlin,
finally retired, but the next three presidents were all also
Randolph Hearst was married three times, first in 1938 to Catherine
Wood Campbell of Atlanta, Georgia, who was the mother of his five
daughters: Catherine, Virginia, Patricia (Patty), Anne and Victoria.
Catherine Hearst was a Roman Catholic and a conservative Regent of the
University of California
University of California before resigning in 1976.
Patty Hearst made front pages nationwide when she was
kidnapped by an extremist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and
was soon after caught on film helping the group to rob banks. She
renounced the SLA soon after her arrest. The ordeal placed enormous
strain on the Hearst marriage, eventually leading to divorce. After
their divorce, the first Mrs. Hearst moved to Beverly Hills.
Randolph Hearst divorced his second wife, Maria Cynthia Scruggs (née
Pachì), originally of Rome, Italy, in 1987 to marry a third wife,
Veronica de Gruyter (formerly de Beracasa y de Uribe) that same year.
Thirteen years later, the third Mrs. Hearst survived and inherited
from him after Hearst died at the age of 85. His seat as a trustee
of his father's will went to Virginia Hearst Randt, second-oldest of
his five daughters.
^ In 1979, after 22 months in prison, Patty Hearst's sentence was
commuted by President Jimmy Carter. She was fully pardoned in 2001 by
President Bill Clinton.
^ Barringer, Felicity (December 19, 2000). "Randolph A. Hearst, Whose
Father Built Newspaper Empire, Is Dead at 85. Randolph A Hearst, last
surviving son of William Randolph Hearst, dies at age 85". New York
Times. Retrieved 2008-07-24. Randolph A. Hearst, the last surviving
son of the man who shook American journalism and politics in the early
part of the 20th century, died yesterday at New York Presbyterian
Hospital. In the 1970s, he ran his father's flagship, The San
Francisco Examiner, as it covered the kidnapping and brief criminal
career of his own daughter. Mr. Hearst, who was 85, died of a stroke,
according to a statement issued by The Hearst Corporation. Mr. Hearst
lived in New York with his wife, Veronica de Uribe.
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