Former TV academy president Hank Rieger dies

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This 1999 photo provided by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences shows Henry "Hank" Rieger, left, with Tom Sarnoff, former presidents of the Television Academy, at Rieger's retirement ceremony in Los Angeles. Rieger, 95, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from old age in Oceanside, Calif, according to family members. In his 40 years with the TV academy, Rieger served as president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as president of the TV academy's Hollywood chapter and editor and publisher of Emmy magazine. (AP Photo/Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Craig Mathew)
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This 1999 photo provided by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences shows Henry "Hank" …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Family members say the former president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has died in Oceanside, Calif.

Henry "Hank" Rieger was 95. He died on Wednesday.

In his 40 years with the TV academy, Rieger also served as president of the organization's Hollywood chapter and editor and publisher of Emmy magazine.

Before joining the TV academy, Rieger worked for United Press International and in publicity for NBC, promoting such series as "Bonanza," ''Star Trek" and "Sanford and Son." He later started his own publicity firm, which counted ESPN among its clients.

In 1994, Rieger was honored with the TV academy's Syd Cassyd Award for his long and distinguished service to the organization.

Rieger's wife of 65 years, Deborah, died last year.

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