Paul W. Costello Sr. ’51

Paul W. Costello Sr. ’51 died March 16, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. He was born in Brooklyn on December 24, 1927, and prepared for college at Atlantic City (N.J.) High School, New Hampton (N.H.) School, and Hill School, where he wrestled and played hockey and football. Shortly after high school, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served to corporal. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He began his professional career as a reporter for the Laconia (N.H.) Citizen, then moved to the Portsmouth Herald, and the Boston Herald, where he was State House bureau chief from 1956 to 1966. He was elected president of the Massachusetts State House Press Association in 1965. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited by John Hancock Insurance as their corporate director of communications, where he worked for two years before being tapped by Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign. When Nixon was elected, he served as deputy director of communications during the Vietnam War. He left the White House shortly after the 1972 campaign to work for ACTION, VISTA. He eventually returned to government service and worked under four presidents by the time he retired in 1993. He is survived by son Paul W. Costello Jr.; four granddaughters; two step-grandsons; a great-grandson; and his former wife, Alycia L. Costello. He was predeceased in 2002 by his wife, Claire.

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