He served in Vietnam, covered the Kent State shootings, and taught at George Washington University.
He was awarded the Pulitzer in 1987 for his book reviews.
He worked at Time and Life magazines before joining The Times in 1965.
He was a Star Tribune reporter in the 1980s, and again in recent years.
He played a huge part in defining cultural coverage at the newspaper.
"This is going to be a great loss," said a colleague. "He was a really hard worker. He won't be replaced easily."
He was also a three-time Pulitzer nominee during his reporting years.
He covered business and New York politics over 24 years as a reporter.
He had been on the staff of the Enterprise and the combined Enterprise-Record for 37 years.
He had joined the faculty at Northeastern in 2002 after more than two decades as a newspaper reporter and editor.
Harper was a major voice in Cleveland’s African American community since the early 1960s.
The business journalist "cut straight through corporate-speak and tough economics jargon."
The GM since 2009, she coordinated the production of newspapers and shoppers reaching more than 30,000 households.