John Mecklin

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John Mecklin
John Martin Mecklin

January 29, 1918
DiedOctober 29, 1971
OccupationJournalist and diplomat

John Martin Mecklin (January 29, 1918 – October 29, 1971) was an American journalist and diplomat.


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mecklin graduated from Deerfield Academy, in Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1935. He then graduated from Dartmouth College in 1939. He was a war correspondent for the Chicago Sun in 1944-1946 and wrote for the Rome Daily American in 1946 -1947 before returning to the United States to write for The New York Times. He then went to Time magazine from 1948 to 1966 and was on the staff of Fortune magazine from 1966 to 1968, when he was named to the magazine's Board of Editors. While on leave from Time magazine in the early 1960s he served as the Public Affairs Advisor for the U.S. Mission to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of the United States Information Agency in Paris, between 1961 and 1962. He then became the Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy, Saigon South Vietnam from 1962 to 1964. He died of cancer, in a hospital in Fairfield, Connecticut, on October 29, 1971, at the age of 53.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ Papers of John Mecklin
  2. ^ 'John Mecklin, reporter, dies,' Lowell Sun (Massachusetts), October 31, 1971, pg. 59
  3. ^ 'John Mecklin, a Fortune and Foreign Correspondent, 52,' The New York Times, October 31, 1971