Salt Lake Tribune Managing Editor Jack L. Schroeder has retired after 41 years as a newspaperman.

Schroeder, 65, begins a six-month assignment next week as an instructor in literature at the University of Salzburg in Austria.He said the invitation to join the faculty at Salzburg this fall prompted his decision to retire from The Tribune before the end of the year. He will maintain his home in Salt Lake City.

"Jack Schroeder has been a most valuable, all-purpose news executive whose many contributions over 36 years are reflected in the strength of the newspaper he has so loved and cared for," said Publisher Jerry O'Brien.

Schroeder started on the sports desk of the Salt Lake Telegram on July 3, 1947. He moved to The Tribune in 1952 and later became executive sports editor. He covered the Summer Olympics in Munich in 1972 and Montreal in 1976.

In 1974, Schroeder became assistant to The Tribune's executive editor and then assistant executive editor. He became managing editor Jan. 1, 1981.

O'Brien Thursday also announced appointment of Gerald Cunningham as night editor-news.

Cunningham, 50, was regional editor for seven years, worked as assistant wire editor and became chief copy editor. He has served as news editor since 1983.