Deaths of note: Judith Glassman Daniels, Paul Scoon

September 4, 2013
Judith Glassman Daniels
magazine editor

Judith Glassman Daniels, the first woman to serve as top editor of Life magazine, died Sept. 1 at her home in Union, Maine. She was 74.

The cause was stomach cancer, said her husband, Lee Webb.

Mrs. Daniels served in senior editing positions at the Village Voice, New York magazine, Time Inc. and Conde Nast during a career that spanned 35 years in New York before she retired with her husband to Maine in 2004.

In the late 1970s, Mrs. Daniels oversaw creation of a magazine for executive women, Savvy, at a time when magazines catered to homemakers. Savvy was initially published as a 44-page insert in New York and New West magazines.

Mrs. Daniels helped to found the Women’s Media Group in New York. At Life, she oversaw the publication’s 50th anniversary.

Judith Glassman was born in Cambridge, Mass., and raised in Brookline, Mass. She set off for New York after getting her English degree in 1960 from Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Paul Scoon
Grenada governor

Paul Scoon, who was Grenada’s governor general during the U.S. invasion of the small island in 1983, died Sept. 2 in his Caribbean homeland. He was 78.

Grenada’s government announced the death but did not give a cause. Mr. Scoon had long had diabetes, and friends said he died at his home in the community of St. Paul’s.

Mr. Scoon, who was born in Grenada, was the British monarch’s representative on the former British colony from 1978 until 1992. That made him the longest-serving governor general in Grenada since the island was granted independence in 1974.

A radical faction of the government seized the country, and on Oct. 19, 1983, executed Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, several Cabinet ministers and many Bishop supporters. Days later, the U.S. government sent about 6,000 U.S. Marines and paratroopers to Grenada — ostensibly to restore order and protect Americans, including several hundred medical students. It was also to forestall a further buildup of Cuban military advisers and weapons on the island.

Mr. Scoon helped establish an interim government after the invasion. He wrote a memoir, “Survival for Justice.”

— From news services

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