Will Fehr, veteran newsman and editor of the Salt Lake Tribune, will retire effective March 18, coinciding with his 65th birthday and 44 years after he started with the newspaper as a copy boy, according to publisher Jerry O'Brien.

A graduate of West High School and the University of Utah, Fehr became city editor in 1964, managing editor in 1980 and editor in 1981, succeeding the late Arthur C. Deck."Will Fehr has had a distinguished career here and leaves a permanent mark of quality on the paper he has loved and served so well for so long," said O'Brien.

Fehr will be succeeded by James E. Shelledy, editor and publisher of the Tribune-owned Moscow (Idaho) Idahonian. Shelledy, 47, is a graduate of Gonzaga University.

Fehr won the Quintus C. Wilson Alumni Achievement Award from the U. Department of Communications in 1986 and the Utah National Guard Minuteman Award in 1985.