Harry McQuillen, a top K-III exec, dead at 51

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Harry A. McQuillen, exec VP-chief operating officer, K-III Communications Corp., died at his home in Darien, Conn., the company said June 30. He was 51.

Mr. McQuillen's death was ruled a suicide by Dr. Thomas Gilchrist, a staff member in the Connecticut's chief medical examiner's office. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head. No motive was indicated in the note left for his wife of 27 years, Barbara, and son, Harry.

Mr. McQuillen joined K-III in 1991 as president-CEO of K-III Magazine Corp., from MacMillan Publishing, where he had been president.

Mr. McQuillen had group responsibility for 63 K-III magazine properties (including New York Magazine and Seventeen), Channel One (the in-school TV news network), Weekly Reader and Films for the Humanities. "He had done a remarkable job in building these businesses and he leaves a legacy of well-run, profitable businesses," said K-III Chairman-CEO William F. Reilly.

"One of Harry's greatest strengths was his ability to develop strong leaders," Mr. Reilly continued. "The people whom Harry so expertly trained will continue to run their businesses." Mr. Reilly will assume Mr. McQuillen's duties for the time being, the company said.

Copyright June 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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