ROME — George Bausch Waters, 97, died July 2, according to an online obituary in the Rome Sentinel, where Waters was a long-time publisher and president.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Shirley Kessinger Waters.

Growing up in Syracuse, he received a bachelor of arts degree in radio communications from Syracuse University, and began working at the Rome Sentinel on June 10, 1947, as an advertising salesman, according to the obituary.

By 1954, he became the assistant general manager and assumed the general manager position in 1960. He served as publisher from May 1, 1964 to June 19, 1993.

He became president of the company on the death of his father-in-law, Bradley C. Barnard, on April 25, 1969, and served in that role until May 14, 2011.

Waters was a member of the American Newspaper Publishers Association (now known as the Newspaper Association of America), New York Newspaper Publishers Association, and New York State Associated Dailies, serving as president in 1974.

Waters also was a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Society of Professional Journalists.