Katherine W. Fanning, 73, former editor of the Christian Science Monitor and the Anchorage Daily News, died Oct 19 of colon cancer in Boston. Fanning married the former editor and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times in 1950, but she delved into the business in earnest when she bought the Anchorage Daily News in 1967 with her second husband, Larry Fanning. Under her leadership, the Anchorage paper won a Pulitzer for public service in 1976 for a 15-part series on Alaska's powerful Teamsters Union, and its circulation rose from 12,000 to 50,000 becoming the state's largest newspaper. Fanning served as the paper's editor and publisher from 1971 to 1983, when she left to become editor of the Christian Science Monitor. She was editor of the Monitor from 1983 to 1988, when she and two top editors resigned in protest when the church imposed budget cuts. She was a member of the board of directors at The Boston Globe Newspaper Co. since 1992, and served from 1988 to 1989 on The Associated Press board of directors.
Wiliam M. Farrell, 89, a former reporter for The New York Times, died Oct 13 at a nursing home in Huntington, N.Y. In his 47-year career at The Times, Farrell worked his way up from ing home in Huntington, N.Y. In his 47-year career at The Times, Farrell worked his way up from copy boy during his high school days to writing guest columns to covering the trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard, one of the most highly publicized murder cases of the 1950s. He retired in 1977.
Alan Emory, 78, Washington correspondent for the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times for 49 years, died Nov. 27 of pancreatic cancer. Emory covered 10 presidential administrations - from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton -- during his tenure in Washington. He began his career with the Times in 1947 in Watertown and also worked in the paper's Albany, N.Y., bureau before going to Washington in 1951. He specialized in Canadian border issues, founding a group of reporters from northern states that met regularly with Canadian officials. He also covered more than 1,500 White House press conferences, traveling to Russia, China, Canada and South America. Emory, a former president of Washington's Gridiron Club, was elected to the Standing Committee of Correspondents of Congressional Press Galleries in 1956. He was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 1979; he also once served as president of the chapter.
Robert Cormier, 75, a newspaper writer and editor who became a successful but controversial author of young adult books with the 1974 publication of "The Chocolate War," died Nov. …