James Keogh; Time Editor, Nixon Staffer

From News Services
Monday, May 15, 2006

James Keogh, 89, a former executive editor of Time magazine and head of the White House speechwriting staff under President Richard M. Nixon, died of respiratory failure May 10 at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut.

Mr. Keogh, who lived in Greenwich, was a national affairs reporter at Time in 1951. He was the magazine's assistant managing editor from 1961 to 1968 and served briefly as executive editor. He was credited for design changes to the cover that are still used.

He joined the Nixon administration in 1969 as a special assistant to the president. He became head speechwriter about a year later.

Mr. Keogh was director of the U.S. Information Agency from 1973 to 1977 and then spent about a decade as executive director of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executives.

Born in Platte County, Neb., Mr. Keogh received a bachelor's degree from Creighton University in Omaha in 1938. He worked for the Omaha World-Herald, rising to city editor before joining Time's staff in New York.

He wrote the books "This Is Nixon" (1956) and "President Nixon and the Press" (1972).

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Verna Pedersen Keogh of Greenwich; two children; a brother; and six grandchildren.

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