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Seymour Berkson, Publisher of N.Y. Journal-american, Dies at 53

Seymour Berkson, publisher of the New York Journal-American, died here yesterday. He was 53.

The son of immigrant parents who came to the United States to escape persecution in Europe, Mr. Berkson was born and educated in Chicago. From his school days, Mr. Berkson was interested in newspaper work and advanced through the ranks from reporter to vice president and general manager of the International News Service before being named publisher of the New York newspaper. Active in civic affairs, Mr. Berkson last year served as chairman of the newspaper committee for Brotherhood Week, the national observance sponsored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.