Barbara Graves, wife of prominent publisher, dies

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Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Updated Sunday, May 27 at 6:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of the publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine, who played a role in the growth of the publication and media company, has died.

Black Enterprise said in a statement that Barbara Kydd Graves died Friday at Howard University Hospital in Washington after a more than three-year struggle with gall bladder cancer. She was 74.

Graves, the wife of Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves Sr., held a number of positions with the company over the years, including chief financial officer and circulation director. The monthly magazine founded in 1970 now has a circulation of 500,000 in the United States and a readership of 4 million, according to Black Enterprise.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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