Philip Fradkin, writer and historian, dead at 77
Philip L. Fradkin, a pioneering environmental journalist and historian who attached himself to Western themes as varied as Wallace Stegner, Wells Fargo and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, died Saturday at his home in Point Reyes Station. He was 77, and the cause of death was cancer.
As recently as six months ago, the tall and athletic Mr. Fradkin could be seen in his white rowboat on Tomales Bay in the early morning light. And as recently as a few weeks ago, he would walk a mile a day at a brisk pace around his adopted hometown, stopping in at his office on Main Street and visiting with merchants.
"He was one of the most vigorous persons in the village - intellectually, physically and creatively," said Steve Costa, owner of Point Reyes Books. "His books really spoke to the soul of Point Reyes and the West."...
comments powered by Disqus
- David Rosand, an Art History Scholar Whose Heart Was in Venice, Dies at 75
- NYT interviews Rick Perlstein about his book
- OAH issues a statement in support of the AP standards
- Daniel Pipes says in interview that the absence of anti-Israel protests in Muslim countries is highly significant
- A historian who studies China has discovered an overlooked angle in the debate about the Middle East. Could he have figured out a key reason for Iraq’s failure to defeat ISIS?