William Schwartz, a former president of Cox Enterprises, died Sept. 9 of prostate cancer in Atlanta. He was 63.
He spent 35 years as a media executive. He was president and chief operating officer of Cox Enterprises from the early 1980s until 1987 and oversaw Cox Enterprise’s purchase of TV stations nationwide for the Cox family.
He began his broadcasting career at NBC in New York and helped put WUAB-TV on the air when he moved to Cleveland. He also worked in San Francisco and spent the last 23 years in Atlanta.
Since 1994, when he was diagnosed with cancer, he dedicated himself to raising research money and increasing awareness of the disease. He became volunteer chief executive officer of the National Prostate Cancer Coalition and a board member of CaP CURE, a prostate cancer fund-raising and awareness group.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters and his brother.