Julius "Jay" Apt, 86, an old-style newspaperman, from his Stetson hat with the wide ribbon where his "Press" card was shoved, to the ever-present pen and note pad, died Jan. 31 in Maryland.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Apt was raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School for Boys. He started his career at the Philadelphia Daily News in the 1940s while still attending Temple University.
His first job as a reporter was to cover his own graduation (1947).
During his nearly 20 years at the Daily News, Apt was an award-winning reporter, daily columnist and night city editor.
He also worked at the Camden Courier-Post as business and real estate editor in the early 1970s.
After his newspaper career, Apt moved into the public-relations field, and affiliated with several notable area banks and hospitals.
He returned to writing and editing in the 1980s and 1990s for area publications, including Focus, Business Philadelphia and the Jewish Exponent.
Apt earned awards from the Philadelphia Press Association and the SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists).
He continued writing professionally until 2000, when he relocated to the Silver Spring, Md., area to be closer to his grandchildren.
He is survived by daughters Roslyn Apt Johnson and Sally I. Hilton; son Fredric J. Apt; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Anna Millstein Apt, and son Schuyler Apt.
Memorial donations can be made to: the Journalism Department at the School of Communications and Theater, c/o Temple University, Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 827651, Philadelphia, PA 19182-7651 or see: www.temple.edu.