Two top executives for Newspaper Agency Corp. announced their retirements this week. NAC is the advertising, circulation and production agent for the Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune.

Patrick J. Hession, 64, marketing director for NAC, and Bill Northrup, 63, NAC promotion manager, announced early retirements effective June 1.President Thomas S. Monson, chairman of Deseret News Publishing Co., praised Hession's 36 years of service.

"Pat Hession's dedication, versatility and great talent served Salt Lake's newspapers so very well for so long," said President Monson. "We are most grateful for that and for our association with him."

Deseret News Publisher Wm. James Mortimer said Hession had had a "significant impact" on the newspapers during his long career.

"His work has shaped the organization as it has grown into one of the nation's major joint operating agreements," said Mortimer. "We at the Deseret News will miss our association with Pat but will remember his influence for a long time to come."

J.W. Gallivan, chairman of Kearns-Tribune Corp. and former president of NAC, praised Hession for a job well done..

"His innovative contributions to these organization have been significant to their growth in service to this community and state and to the highly respected image of Salt Lake newspapers throughout the newspaper industry," said Gallivan.

Regarding promotion manager Northrup's retirement, Mortimer said: "Bill Northrup has been a primary factor for many years in promoting Salt Lake's newspapers. His ideas and creativity have resulted in many benefits to readers in the newspaper's market area. The Deseret News joins his many friends in wishing him well in the years ahead."

Dominic A. Welch, president of NAC, praised Northrup for his 20 years service to the agency.

"(Northrup) is one of the very best at what he does," said Welch, "and has developed an exceptional department that will continue to serve us well."

Hession served as a director of the Institute of Newspaper Controllers and Finance Officers and had been active in publishing associations.

He served as a signalman in the Navy during World War II. He has been active in Salt Lake civic affairs, has been an officer and director of Catholic Charities and is a past president of Fort Douglas Country Club.

Northrup began his newspaper career in 1947 with the Tribune and Salt Lake Telegram in advertising sales. He continued on with NAC when it was established in 1952. He was account executive handling many of NAC's major advertisers before being named promotion manager in 1968.

He served overseas with the Army Air Forces during World War II. He is past regional president and director of the International Newspaper Marketing Association. He has directed the Deseret News Summer and Home Living Show and the Tribune Home and Garden Show in the Salt Palace.