Other Notable Deaths


June 21, 2008


Traced his ancestry

to Associated Press founder

The Rev. Brewster Yale Beach, who presented proof that the Associated Press originated two years earlier than the date previously accepted by historians and the news cooperative itself, died in his sleep Tuesday in a nursing home in Staatsburg in upstate New York, said his wife, Sandra.

Mr. Beach was an Episcopal priest and psychotherapist who traced his ancestry to the founder of the AP. His great-great-grandfather, Moses Yale Beach, was the second owner-publisher of the New York Sun, whose innovative idea for an alliance of New York newspapers sharing Mexican War dispatches in 1846 led to the creation of the news service.

In 2005, Mr. Beach presented the AP, the world's largest news organization, with family papers detailing his ancestor's role in that history. They showed that the news agency was founded two years before 1848, the year the AP had always cited as its own birth date.

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