Elie Abel, Veteran DC Journalist, Is Dead


(AP) Elie Abel, longtime Washington journalist and broadcaster who later headed two journalism schools, has died.

Abel, 83, was probably best known from his years at NBC, where he worked from 1961 to 1969, appearing regularly on the evening news with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley.

Serving first as State Department correspondent, Abel was NBC’s bureau chief in London from 1965 to 1967 and then returned to Washington as diplomatic correspondent.

A native of Montreal, Abel died Thursday at a hospice after several years of poor health. He died of the combined effects of a severe stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease, according to his son, Mark.

After graduating from McGill University and working as a journalist in Canada, Abel joined The New York Times in 1949, working from Detroit, Washington, Belgrade and New Delhi. During that time he covered the Hungarian Revolution.

After leaving the Times he served as Washington bureau chief for the Detroit News before joining NBC.

Abel served as dean of the school of journalism at Columbia University from 1970 to 1979 and then moved to Stanford University from 1979 to 1991, serving as chairman of the communications department from 1983 to 1986.

Abel also wrote several well-known books including “”The Missile Crisis”” in 1966 about the Cuban missile crisis, “”Roots of Involvement”” in 1971 with Marvin Kalb, about U.S. participation in Vietnam, “”The Shattered Bloc”” about the collapse of Communism and, with Averell Harriman, “”Special Envoy to Churchill and Stalin,”” a memoir of Harriman’s diplomatic work during World War II.

Besides son Mark, of Richmond, Calif., Abel is survived by his widow, Charlotte, of Washington; daughter, Suzanne, of Palo Alto, Calif., and a granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held in September.

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