James A. Linen, 75, a former publisher of Time magazine and president of Time Inc. who during four decades with the publishing company became a major force in its expansion into textbook publishing and films, died Feb. 1 at a hospital in Greenwich, Conn. The cause of death was not reported.
Mr. Linen, who lived in Greenwich, was born in Waverly, Pa. After graduating from Williams College in 1934, he joined Time magazine's editorial staff. During World War II, he served 2 1/2 years with the Office of War Information.
At age 28 he became Life magazine's advertising manager and in 1945 was named publisher of Time magazine, a position he held until 1960. He later served as the parent corporation's president and as chairman of the executive committee.
After leaving Time Inc. at age 65 because of paralysis caused by a stroke, he founded an international consulting firm, James A. Linen and Associates, that he ran from a Greenwich office. The firm specialized in bringing together heads of state and world business leaders. His corporate clients included General Electric Co., General Foods, and the American Express Co.
Survivors include his wife, the former Sara Scranton, and six children, three sisters, and 13 grandchildren.
BESSIE L. OPDYKE,
101, a longtime resident of Washington, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 31 at the Hyattsville Manor Nursing Home.
Mrs. Opdyke was born in Belleville, N.J., and she moved to Washington in 1912. Her husband, Freeman W. Opdyke, died in 1948.
Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Parkman of Washington; one son, William S. Opdyke of Boynton Beach, Fla.; a grandson, and a great-grandson.
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