Kenneth H. MacQueen, a former VP and general manager of WABC-TV New York, died of cancer May 3 in St. Louis. He was 64.
A Detroit native, MacQueen began his career at WXYZ-TV Detroit and after several promotions made the move to WABC.
MacQueen was promoted over a number of senior managers at the ABC affil and took the station to No. 1 in the ratings.
He later served as president and general manager of KTVI-TV St. Louis until a station buyout by Fox in 1995.
Active in social issues, MacQueen was lauded by Emma Bowen of Gotham group Black Citizens for Fair Media for his efforts to provide uplifting programming for African-Americans during the early 1970s.
He also received recognition from the New York City Police and Fire Line-of-Duty-Widows-and-Orphans for his seven-year successful editorial campaign to increase their benefits.
MacQueen also was a charter fundraiser for the Firefighters Burn Center Foundation at the Cornell Medical Center.
MacQueen is survived by his wife, Janet Dietrich MacQueen; a son; two daughters; and two grandchildren.
Family suggests donations to the Ladue Chapel Memorial Fund, 9450 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO.