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Monday February 13, 2012

Spanish Publisher and Founder of Grupo Anaya German Sanchez Ruiperez Dies at 85

Spanish Publisher and Founder of Grupo Anaya German Sanchez Ruiperez Dies at 85

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Spanish publisher German Sanchez Ruiperez, the founder of Grupo Anaya, died early Sunday in the Dominican Republic, Casa del Lector director and former Spanish Culture Minister Cesar Antonio Molina told Efe. He was 85.

Sanchez Ruiperez hit his head two days ago and was hospitalized, but he did not recover from that injury, Molina said.

The publisher was in the Caribbean country with his wife Ofelia, and two days ago he fell asleep while working at his computer and hit his head. The bruise did not appear particularly serious, but he was admitted to the hospital.

The Sanchez Ruiperez family is working at present to speed up the procedure to repatriate the publisher’s body to Spain, Molina said.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday in Salamanca, the Spanish city where Sanchez Ruiperez began his career as a publisher and which houses the headquarters of the cultural foundation bearing his name and dedicated to the spread and dissemination of the culture of books and reading.

Another memorial service for the publisher will be held the following week in Madrid.

Sanchez Ruiperez, who was born in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca, in 1926, founded the Anaya publishing house in 1959, created the foundation bearing his name in 1983 and in 1989 bought Editorial America, which he sold three years later to Mexican businessman Emilio Azcarraga of Televisa.