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Seth King of Larchmont, N.Y. Times Reporter, 92

LARCHMONT, N.Y. — Seth S. King of Larchmont, a retired New York Times correspondent, died Thursday, June 21, at Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital of complications from congestive heart failure. He was 92.

Known to all as "Jerry," King wrote for The New York Times from the Des Moines, Iowa, bureau, where he covered politics, agriculture and labor for 11 states. He also was assigned to the Times bureaus in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, where he covered the contentious "Chicago Seven" anti-war conspiracy trial as bureau chief.

King's career on the foreign staff of The Times began in 1956, when he was assigned to Jerusalem, followed by assignments to London and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From those posts, he covered stories in Cyprus, Scotland, Ireland, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia.

Born in Beatrice, Neb., he was raised in Okmulgee, Okla. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and served as an officer in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He met his wife, the former Mary Qualley, while she was reporting for the Des Moines Register and Tribune.

His reporting career began at the Oklahoma City Times, followed by a stint at the New York World Telegram. He retired from The New York Times in 1985. While living in Cape Cod, Mass., King taught news writing classes at Boston University. He simultaneously worked part time as an editor and writing coach for the Cape Cod Times newspaper.

King is the author of a condensation of Gunnar Myrdal's classic, "Asian Drama," and two children's books about Malaysia.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary; two sons, Christopher of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and Shawn of Sacramento, Calif.; a daughter, Amanda Cornacchia of Rye; and four grandchildren.  

A private memorial gathering will be held at a future date. Graham Funeral Home in Rye is in charge of arrangements.

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