DR BERNARD PALMER, a former Church Times editor and proprietor, died early today, aged 88.
The Church Times was founded by his ancestor, George Josiah Palmer, in 1863. Ownership passed down through the family. Bernard Palmer succeeded his father, Christopher, as managing director in 1957, when he was aged 27, and was the third and last of the family to become editor, serving in that capacity from 1968 until 1989, when, with no family successor, he sold the paper to the charity Hymns Ancient & Modern, the present owners.
Dr Palmer (he was awarded a Lambeth D.Litt. for services to the Church, as well as an OBE) was credited with broadening the Church Times’s editorial policy from its traditional championship of the Anglo-Catholic cause to a paper that reflected the whole range of Anglican opinion.
He turned to authorship on his retirement, beginning with a history of the Church Times, Gadfly for God, and continued to contribute articles and reviews to the paper.
Interview in the 7500th issue of the Church Times