Barbara Tomlinson, a prominent philanthropist who took an active role in running two family-owned businesses, the Daily Record and New Jersey Monthly magazine, died on April 1. She was 92.
She went to work for the Daily Record in 1977, 25 years after her marriage to Norman Tomlinson, the owner and publisher. His grandparents had founded the newspaper in 1900. The Tomlinson’s sold the Daily Record to
After the Daily Record was sold to the Goodson Newspaper Group in 1987 – they sold it to Gannett in 1998 – Tomlinson helped run another family venture, New Jersey Monthly magazine.
Tomlinson served on the Board of the United Way and the Morris Museum.
In 1996, a halfway house for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in Morristown was renamed Tomlinson House in recognition of the Tomlinson’s longtime support of the program.
Three years later, the Tomlinson Family Foundation contributed $1.5 million for the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
The Tomlinson’s donated $500,000 to help expand the Morristown and Morris County Public Library in 2003.
Tomlinson and her husband retired to Miami in 2007. Her husband died in 2017 at age 90.
She is survived by her daughter, Kate S. Tomlinson, the publisher of New Jersey Monthly, her son-in-law, Roger Labrie, and her grandson, Daniel.