Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries: Thomas James Abercrombie

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries: Thomas James Abercrombie

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Thomas James Abercrombie, 75, died April 3 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore from complications of open-heart surgery. Born in Stillwater, MN, he graduated from Macalester College, where he developed a passion for photography. He was a photographer for the Fargo, ND Forum and the Milwaukee Journal, where he received the 1954 Newspaper Photographer of the Year award, before finally settling at National Geographic, where he was named 1958 Magazine Photographer of the Year -becoming the first photographer to win both awards. During his years at National Geographic, Abercrombie covered Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia, becoming the magazine's expert on the region. As a traveler to remote places and war photographer, he was known for his creative expense reports, such as one submitted for his coverage of civil war in north Yemen. With paper currency useless, Abercrombie had to weld a stash of gold to a vehicle, listing two AK-47s on his expense report as "auto insurance. …

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