COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Jim Atwater, former writer and editor for Time magazine and dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, died Friday of cancer. He was 68.
Atwater wrote cover stories for Time, including articles about John Glenn’s space shot, the Cuban missile crisis and 1976 Man of the Year Jimmy Carter.
He served as dean of the journalism school from 1983 to 1989, when he moved to the faculty to teach reporting. From 1991-93, he was the Atwood Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
He also worked at the Saturday Evening Post and Reader’s Digest and served as special assistant in the Nixon White House, coordinating drug information and education policies among agencies.
Atwater is survived by his wife, Pat, six children and three grandchildren.
James E. Tonkin
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) _ James E. Tonkin, a former publisher of the Yakima Herald-Republic, died of brain cancer on Feb. 23. He was 69.
A native of Butte, Mont., Tonkin grew up in Seattle and left high school at 15 to work as a pipe-fitter. He lied about his age to join the Navy in World War II, then earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Washington.
In 1952, he went to work in the advertising department of the Yakima Herald-Republic, which was owned by his wife’s family. He worked his way up and became the publisher in 1973.
He also served as president of Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington before retiring in 1980.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Tonkin; three daughters; six grandchildren and a sister.