George E. Randall, 53, the editor and publisher of the Frederick News-Post since 2001, died May 12 at his home on Gibson Island in Anne Arundel County. He had brain cancer.

Mr. Randall, who also had a home in Rocky Ridge, Md., was a great-grandson of the paper's founder. He joined the staff after law school as assistant managing editor and legal counsel. He later was vice president of Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Co., which then owned the paper.

He became editor and publisher in 2001 when his family formed Randall Family LLC and purchased the newspaper from Great Southern.

He and the late managing editor, Michael S. Powell, led the paper in its 2000 lawsuit against the city of Frederick for access to documents seized by police in a raid on a prostitution service.

The documents were thought to have contained a client list of prominent city figures. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals decided in the newspaper's favor in late January.

George Elliott Randall was a Baltimore native and a graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia.

He received a master's degree in journalism from Ball State University in Indiana. He was a 1982 graduate of the old University of Puget Sound law school in Tacoma, Wash.

Survivors include his wife, Betsy Randall, and a daughter, Cecilia Randall, both of Rocky Ridge and Gibson Island; his mother, Frances Randall, and a sister, Ruth Randall, both of Braddock Heights; another sister, Deedee Randall Luttrell of Frederick; and a brother, Myron Randall of Middletown.

In 2001, George E. Randall and his family bought back the paper his great-grandfather had founded.