Tom E. Paro, a former general manager of WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., and a past president of the Assn. of Maximum Service Telecasters, died Jan. 11 at Suburban Hospital in Washington. He was 77.

Paro came to D.C. in 1972 and served as WRC general manager until retiring from the network in 1979. He then served as AMST’s president until retiring in 1988.

An Illinois native, he was a graduate of the U. of Missouri journalism school. He served in Europe during World War II, receiving a battlefield commission. He began his broadcast career with the Mutual Broadcasting System in Chicago in 1948 and worked for NBC in New York before transferring here.

His wife of 35 years, Aileen Nance Paro, died in 1986. Survivors include his wife, Jan Miller Paro of Potomac; three children from his first marriage, two stepchildren, a brother; and eight grandchildren.

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