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William Safire

  • Birth 17 Dec 1929 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 27 Sep 2009 Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 7
  • Memorial ID 42437961

Columnist, Author. A conservative columnist, he is best known for his writing contributions of over thirty years in the Op-Ed pages and his "On Language" column both in the New York Times. He was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1978. Born in New York City, he was educated at Bronx High School of Science and attended Syracuse University dropping out after two years of studies. He served as a correspondent while in the United States Army and worked in radio and television as a reporter upon his return. He later worked as a public relations man and was helpful in arranging the famous 1959 meeting of Vice President Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev known as the "Kitchen Debate". During the 1960's, Safire was a top speechwriter for Richard Nixon from the time prior to his election as president until before the fallout of Watergate. Among Safire's many published works include the novels "Full Disclosure" (1977), "Freedom" (1987), "Sleeper Spy" (1995) and "Scandalmonger" (2000). In 2006, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. He died from pancreatic cancer.

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