Former Public Printer Robert Houk dead at 84

Robert Houk, former public printer of the United States, passed away Sunday at the age of 84.

Appointed as the 22nd public printer by former President George H.W. Bush, Houk served in the position from March 1990 until February 1993.

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During his tenure as the head of Government Printing Office, he issued a strategic plan that embraced the use of electronic information technologies while improving the provision of conventional printing and distribution services, according to a GPO statement Monday. 

Houk also testified before Congress in support of early legislation to provide GPO with electronic dissemination authority, the statement continued.

"On behalf of the GPO, I extend our sincere condolences to the family of Public Printer Houk," wrote Public Printer Bill Boarman. “Houk helped guide GPO into the future while ensuring GPO's support for Congress, Federal agencies, and the public we serve."

Houk served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947 and from 1952 to 1954. A graduate of Michigan State University, he began his career in the printing industry at Ford Motor Co. in 1954.

Houk went on to cofound UFORMA Inc. in 1965 and later served as chairman of the Board of Printing Industries of America. He was inducted into the Printing Hall of Fame at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1988, according to the statement.

He passed away at his home in Shelby, Ohio.