Academic journal article Air Power History

James Parton 1912-2001

Academic journal article Air Power History

James Parton 1912-2001

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James Parton, who founded the American Heritage magazine and was its president and publisher, died of a heart attack on April 20, 2001, in White River Junction, New Hampshire. He was 88.

Born on December 10, 1912, in Newburyport, Massachusetts, Mr. Parton graduated from what is now the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut, and in 1934 from Harvard. Over the next three decades, he worked as aviation editor for Time magazine and The New York Herald Tribune. During World War II, he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He served as an aide to Lt. Gen. Ira C. Eaker, secretary to the General Staff, and chief historian of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces in 1944-1945. He was decorated with the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star medal, and the European Theater ribbon with four battle stars.

In 1954, Parton and some associates created the American Heritage Publishing Company, with historian Bruce Catton as its chief editor. Catton said at the time, "Our beat is anything that ever happened in America." The successful magazine appeared every other month in hard cover, with lavish color illustrations but no advertising. …

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