Sid Yudain, who founded Roll Call as a Capitol Hill community newspaper 58 years ago, died Sunday morning at the age of 90.
His wife, Lael, said he became quite ill recently, and the cause of death was cancer of the liver.
Yudain, as an aide to a Connecticut congressman, published the first issue of Roll Call on June 16, 1955, with a press run of 10,000. He ultimately sold the paper in 1986 to Arthur Levitt, who was then chairman of the American Stock Exchange. Yudain continued to write a column for the paper and work on the Hill.
The Economist Group of London now owns Roll Call as part of its CQ Roll Call Group.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sid Yudain,” said Keith White, managing director of CQ Roll Call, in a statement issued by the company. “Sid’s vision for a newspaper uniting the congressional community was the stepping-stone for many D.C. publications that exist today.”
“He loved that paper,” Lael Yudain said. “He used to say that when he started, the Hill was a community. Now it’s a megalopolis.”
Sid Yudain is survived by his wife of 40 years and two children, Rachel Kuchinad of New York City and Raymond Yudain of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren, Owen, Lucas and Charlotte.
Lael Yudain said the body will be buried at Arlington Cemetery and a memorial service will be held at the National Press Club, dates to be determined.