NY Times journalist, author Mitgang dies at age 93

AP News
Posted: Nov 21, 2013 7:46 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Herbert Mitgang, a longtime New York Times journalist and author of several books, died Thursday at age 93.

Mitgang died at his Manhattan home from a recent onset of pneumonia, said his son, Lee Mitgang.

Herbert Mitgang spent decades at the Times starting in 1945. He left for a brief period in the 1960s before returning for another stint that lasted into the 1990s.

During his time there, he served in a range of positions, including the deputy editor of the Op-Ed page and book critic. His son said he started as editor of the drama section and at the end of his time there covered the publishing industry and wrote book reviews.

He also was the author of more than a dozen books, including one that looked at government files compiled on prominent authors such as Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. He also wrote a play about President Abraham Lincoln, "Mr. Lincoln," which made it to Broadway in 1980.

Mitgang, who was born in Manhattan, was a law school graduate. In World War II, he served as an intelligence officer and a journalist in the Army.

Along with his son, Mitgang is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sisters and three grandchildren. A funeral is planned for Sunday.