Jim McClure, editor of the Oxford Mail, has resisted the temptation to work until he is 65 in October 2004 and will retire at the end of the year.
McClure first joined the paper in 1966 and worked in various editorial roles. He left in 1974 to pursue a successful career as a crime novelist.
Since rejoining Newsquest Oxfordshire in 1986, McClure has edited The Oxford Times, the Herald Series, the Bicester Advertiser, the Witney & West Oxfordshire Gazette and the Oxford Star, as well as the Oxford Mail.
An award-winning editor, he was praised by colleagues for his contributions to Newsquest Oxfordshire over many years.
Shamus Donald, managing director of the Oxford business, said: “Everyone who knows Jim will understand the extraordinary qualities he has brought to our business. On behalf of all his colleagues, I wish him a long and happy retirement.”