September 17, 2009
Max Page at a 2004 Newseum planning and construction meeting. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

Max Page at a 2004 Newseum planning and construction meeting. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

Remembering Max Page

The Newseum and Freedom Forum mourn the loss of Max C. Page, deputy director and vice president of the Newseum. Page died Sept. 15, 2009, his 60th birthday.

For 17 years, Page assisted in the management of the Newseum and its staff. During the building phase of the new Newseum, which opened in Washington, D.C., in April 2008, Page headed up the day-to-day management of design and construction.

"The Newseum is Max’s monument," said Charles L. Overby, chief executive officer of the Freedom Forum, Newseum and Diversity Institute. "He was the overseer of this very complex project and knew the nooks and crannies of our building better than anybody else. He brought the tenaciousness of a reporter and the sharp eye of an editor to the project. We will miss Max, but his work will be seen and appreciated for many years to come."

Page, a native of Wichita, Kan., began his career at the Freedom Forum — the major funder of the operations of the Newseum — in 1992 as executive producer in the broadcasting department. He played a major role in the development of the 126-foot-long Video News Wall in the original Newseum.

Before joining the Freedom Forum, Page spent several years at Gannett Co. Inc. as an executive producer for Gannett Television and a bureau chief and news director of Gannett News Service Television. He also was a broadcast executive for WXIA-TV in Atlanta, WNEP-TV in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and WFAA-TV in Dallas.

"Max went about his work and his life with a terse resolve to do right and do well. And he succeeded," said Joe Urschel, Newseum executive director and senior vice president. "Never one to seek glory or praise, he was always quick to lavish it on others. We will all miss his no-nonsense style and his unyielding sense of humor."

Page is survived by his wife of 37 years, Katy, daughters Kristen, Jamie and Maggie, and a grandson, Jackson.

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