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Sara Ann Freed


Categories: Writers/Editors

Sara Ann Freed, an influential editor of crime fiction, died Wednesday. Cause of death was not released, although Freed was being treated for leukemia. She was 57.
As the editor-in-chief of Mysterious Press and the senior editor at Warner Books, Freed worked with several prominent mystery authors, including Marcia Muller, James Patterson and Kelly Lange. She also helped Patricia Cornwell turn her fictional medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta, into the heroine of a best-selling series of books.
In 1999, Freed received the Ellery Queen Award from the Mystery Writers of America.


David Newman


Categories: Hollywood, Writers/Editors

David Newman, an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, died Thursday after suffering a massive stroke. He was 66.
Newman wrote many screenplays, including “Sheena,” “Santa Claus: The Movie,” and “What’s Up, Doc?” He collaborated with his wife, Leslie Newman, on the “Superman” films, and with director Robert Benton to write the 1967 film, “Bonnie and Clyde,” which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including best screenplay.
Newman also won the New York Film Critics Award, the National Society of Film Critics Award and three Writers Guild of America Awards.


John Adams

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Categories: Politicians, Writers/Editors

The clear-eyed vision of John G. Adams helped end Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communism campaign.
While working as the chief legal adviser to Army Secretary Robert T. Stevens in 1953, Adams wrote a 40-page memo detailing his belief that McCarthy’s investigation of the Army for communist sympathizers was a personal vendetta. That memo led to weeks of televised hearings.
Although he called Adams a liar, the American public lost faith in McCarthy’s zealous campaign, and the Senate censured him.
Adams later worked for criminal defense attorneys in Washington, and wrote his memoirs, “Without Precedent: The Story of the Death of McCarthyism,” in 1983.
Adams died Thursday of lung cancer. He was 91.


Richard Pough

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Categories: Scientists, Writers/Editors

Richard Hooper Pough, an ornithologist, conservationist and author, died on June 25 of brain cancer. He was 99.
During the Great Depression, Pough visited Hawk Mountain, a site in Pennsylvania where hunters could shoot goshawks for $5/head. He was horrified to see the predatory birds slaughtered en masse, and took photographs of the hundreds of carcasses lying on the forest floor. One of these pictures caught the eye of Rosalie Edge, who then leased the 1,400 acres around Hawk Mountain. She installed a warden on the property, and opened the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to the public.
Pough worked for the National Audubon Society from 1936 to 1948, documenting rare birds as a “roving warden,” and wrote a series of popular bird guides.
In 1950, Pough and other scientists founded the Nature Conservancy, which has become one of the world’s largest land conservation groups. Pough also spent eight years as chairman of the conservation and general ecology department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.


John Hindle

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Categories: Media, Writers/Editors

John Hindle, a radio host in Australia, died on Tuesday. Cause of death was not released. He was 62.

Hindle began his career in Melbourne, writing for Reader’s Digest and working as a film critic for the National Times and ABC radio and television. In 1983, he published the book, “Around the Bend, Three Middle-Aged Eccentrics…on a Raft Voyage Down the Mighty Murray River” with co-author John Hepworth. The book told the story of a rafting trip, and reflected on Hindle’s love of adventure and alcohol.

Hindle later switched to broadcasting, and made a name for himself in the afternoon slot on 3AW Radio. There he presented the feature, “Letter to Mike,” which offered observations on Melbourne life. He was filling in on the night slot at 3AK Radio when he died.

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