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Chapnick, Leading Photo Editor, Dead at 74

May 28, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Howard Chapnick, a distinguished photo editor and president of Black Star Publishing Co., has died at age 74.

Chapnick, who had suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease, died Monday at his home in Somers, N.Y., following a heart attack, said his cousin, Ben Chapnick.

A picture editor for more than 40 years, Chapnick had been president of Black Star, a photojournalism agency, since 1964.

He received the National Press Photographers Association’s Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award for setting high standards of professionalism. He also received the association’s Sprague Award for contributions to photographic education and the documentation of the civil rights movement by Black Star photographers under his direction.

Chapnick lectured at various universities and was a founder and trustee of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, established in 1979 to provide a yearly grant for humanistic photography.

He also wrote a monthly column for Popular Photography magazine.

Chapnick helped edit photo-oriented books, including ``To Do Justice,″ about the civil rights movement, and ``Night Train at Wiscasset Station,″ about Maine and its people.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette, two daughters and two grandchildren.

The family said there would be no funeral. A memorial service will be scheduled later.