James C. Weeks, the first publisher of The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat after it was bought in 1985 by the New York Times Co., died Monday (Jan. 8), according to an obituary published this morning. Weeks, 64, died unexpectedly on a trip to New York. The cause of death was not immediately available. Weeks was publisher in Santa Rosa for two years, leading the newspaper through a period of economic growth and transition. He oversaw construction of a new printing plant in Rohnert Park, allowing the paper’s first color images, and oversaw major circulation increases, Publisher Bruce W. Kyse said. He was the second former Press Democrat publisher to die in less than a year. Mike Parman, publisher from 1991 to 2005, died in July of cancer.

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