Seymour Topping

Seymour Topping

Birth
Harlem, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 8 Nov 2020 (aged 98)
White Plains, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 218133265 · View Source
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American Journalist and Correspondent. He was a noted foreign correspondent for The Associated Press and The New York Times, where he later rose to become managing editor. Known as "Top," he was a front-row witness to major events of the 20th century, covering wars, revolutions and international rivalries. After chronicling the final three years of the Chinese civil war in the late 1940s, Topping opened The Associated Press’s bureau in Saigon in February 1950, becoming the first American correspondent in Vietnam after World War II. The following year, he briefed John F. Kennedy, then a young congressman who was on a fact-finding visit to Saigon. Topping had intended to remain in Vietnam for a month, but ended up staying for two years. Assignments in London and a divided Berlin followed, until he was hired in 1959 by The Times, which eventually sent him to Moscow. He was with Nikita Krushchev in the Kremlin on the night in 1962 that the Cuban missile crisis ended. In 1963, he became the Time’s chief correspondent for Southeast Asia. covering the United States’ war in Vietnam, as well as the 1965 coup in Indonesia and its aftermath that led to the genocide of 750,000 people. During his decadeslong career, he interviewed Fidel Castro, Kennedy, Zhou en-Lai and other major figures. He reported out of nearly two dozen countries, including South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand and El Salvador. After his retirement from the Times, he administered the Pulitzer Prizes and taught in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University until 2002.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 218133265
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Seymour Topping (11 Dec 1921–8 Nov 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 218133265, citing Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave Burial Details Unknown.