April 15, 2004 by

Murray J. Gart

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Categories: Media, Writers/Editors

Murray J. Gart, a correspondent for Time and the last editor-in-chief of the Washington Star, died on March 31 from complications of heart surgery. He was 79.
The Boston native served in the Army during World War II. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University then hopped on a ship to see the world. When the boat stopped in Hawaii, Gart got off and took a job as a reporter with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Gart’s decision to join the media was a perfect match for his wanderlust. In the early 1950s, he worked as an editor at the Weekly Independent Record in Cape May County, N.J., and covered agriculture for newspapers in Wichita, Kan. Time magazine hired Gart as a correspondent and sent him to Toronto, Boston, Chicago and London.
Gart wrote articles on the Watergate scandal and the withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam. He interviewed more than 55 world leaders, including Saddam Hussein, Yassir Arafat and five U.S. presidents. For nine years, he served as the magazine’s chief of correspondents in New York City.
Time Inc. purchased the Washington Star in 1978 and handed Gart the top editorial position. He ran the financially struggling afternoon newspaper for three years until circulation problems and a lack of advertising revenue caused it to fold. Instead of moving on to the next city, however, Gart remained in Washington as a senior correspondent and consultant for Time. He retired from journalism in 1990.

One Response to Murray J. Gart

  1. Larry Still

    I worked in the London Bureau of Time Magazine while Murray was the Bureau Chief. He was one of the best, a terrific reporter and a boss who was always available. He and colleague Marsh Clark, now deceased, certainly helped boost my career in journalism. I shall always be grateful.

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