John H. “Jack” Kelso III, a former associate editor at Kiplinger’s Changing Times magazine, where he specialized in auto and racing coverage, died Oct. 27 at his home in Greenacres, Fla. He was 81.

The cause was cancer, said his wife, Nancy Kelso.

Mr. Kelso was an associate editor with Changing Times from the 1970s until 1989, when he retired. He later wrote a financial newsletter, radio scripts and freelance magazine articles.

John Henry Kelso III was born in Haverhill, Mass. He graduated from Boston University in 1953 and received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1954. He worked for newspapers in Worcester, Mass., and Newark before moving to the Washington area in the late 1950s. He became a writer and editor with the old Washington Star newspaper.

He moved to Florida from Kensington in 2004.

His marriage to Dorothea Joan Wilson Kelso ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Nancy Dickson Kelso of Greenacres; two stepsons, John W. Dickson of Gaithersburg, Md., and James D. Dickson of Pleasanton, Calif.; and a sister, Willa Untiedt of Vienna, Va.


— Bart Barnes