AKRON (March 11, 2002)—Thomas R. Cooney, a former editor of Tire Review magazine, died unexpectedly March 4 at his home in Akron. He was 59.
Mr. Cooney worked at Tire Review from 1979-1988, starting as an assistant editor and rising to the publication's top editorial position in 1987.
After leaving the magazine, he worked in public relations and was self-employed as a freelance writer. In addition, he had been a part-time teacher at the University of Akron and was employed part-time in commission sales at Sears, Roebuck and Co.
He held a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in communications from the University of Akron.
He is survived by his son and daughter, two brothers, and a sister.