Fairchild Editor Arnold J. Karr Dies At 62

Arnold J. Karr, a veteran Fairchild Publications editor who was known for his passion and dedication to the profession he loved, died on Friday from liver cancer. He was 62.

Karr, who spent nearly four decades at the company, was best known for his work at WWD and DNR. He was also a valuable contributor to FN.

In addition to writing and editing many of Fairchild’s important stories, Karr mentored many young reporters, including former FN Editorial Assistant and Retail Editor Natalie Zmuda, who remembered him on Friday in a Facebook message.

“To say he will be missed doesn’t quite cover it,” wrote Zmuda, now managing editor at Advertising Age.

Karr was a valuable mentor to Zmuda during her earliest days at FN, and he also introduced her to one of his newest WWD reporters at the time, Ross Tucker.

Zmuda and Tucker got married in 2007 and they are both very thankful for the man who had a major influence on their careers and lives. “Ross and I were two of the young reporters lucky enough to be nurtured by Arnie,” Zmuda wrote.

Karr held several posts and responsibilities over the years at WWD, including coverage of the denim market, development of research pieces, and financial reporting.

Karr received his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife, Rhea; a son, Daniel; his mother, Selma; and a sister, Joanne Skop. Funeral services are pending.

“Arnie’s colleagues at WWD are all heartbroken by his passing,” said WWD editor-in-chief Ed Nardoza. “He was a bold, funny, high-powered force in our newsroom. A smart, consummate journalist, gifted professional musician and a natural teacher, Arnie had a rare instinct for mentoring inexperienced reporters who came to him with little more than a hunger for a career in journalism. Time and again, we saw Arnie turn WWD’s young staffers into real reporters. We’ll miss his patience, his empathy, his journalism and his irrepressible humor.” – With contributions from WWD

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