William J. Eaton, Foreign Correspondent and Pulitzer Winner, Dies at 74

William J. Eaton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent who covered the fall of the Soviet Union, died Aug. 23 at a hospice in Potomac, Md. after suffering from a long illness. He was 74.

Eaton won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1970 for his Chicago Daily News articles about the prolonged Senate confirmation fight over President Richard Nixon’s unsuccessful nomination of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Clement Haynsworth Jr. to the Supreme Court.

An active member in the American Newspaper Guild, Eaton also had the noted distinction of being one of the reporters on President Nixon’s “”Enemies List.””

From 1984 to 1988, Eaton served as Moscow bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times, the period when Mikhail Gorbachev had begun a process that led to the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union.

Stanley Meisler, a Times colleague, told The Associated Press that Eaton ?would rather schmooze Russians in the street and in their homes? than simply read government reports.

?He seemed to know more than a little about just about everything,? Richard Cooper, the deputy bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times in Washington, told AP.

Eaton retired in 1994 and became the curator of the Humphrey Fellowship program at the University of Maryland. He was also a U.S. Army veteran, and a president of the National Press Club.

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