F. Gilman Spencer

Published 5:23 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2011

F. Gilman Spencer of New York died on Friday, June 24 in Manhattan after a brief illness.
Mr. Spencer, known as Gil, was the husband of Isabel Spencer (formerly Isabel Brannon) and the son-in-law of Isabel Child of Tryon.
The Spencers were married at Mulberry Farm in Tryon in 1965.
Gil worked in the newspaper business for nearly half a century, starting as a copy boy and becoming editor of the Trentonian in New Jersey, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Daily News in New York and the Denver Post.
In 1974, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for crusading editorials related to corruption in New Jersey government.
Gil was well known for his energetic, fun-loving approach to life and his great enjoyment of horse racing. He is survived by his wife, Isabel; their daughter, Isabel Spencer (known as Charlie); his sons, Gilman and Jonathan; his daughters, Amy Becker and Elizabeth Mergel; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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