Randolph A. Hearst, the former chairman of the Hearst Corporation and last surviving son of press lord William Randolph Hearst, died Dec. 18 in New York City. He was 85 and had suffered a massive stroke. Mr. Hearst served as chairman of the board at Hearst from 1973 to 1996 and held the title chairman emeritus until his death. Mr. Hearst, who shied away from the spotlight as much as his father sought it, was nevertheless thrust into it in 1974 - when, while president of the family's flagship San Francisco Examiner - his paper covered the kidnapping of his daughter Patty, as well as her subsequent stint in the Symbionese Liberation Army and her trial and conviction for armed robbery.
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