Joseph Thorndike: 92, Editor at Life and American Heritage

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Joseph J. Thorndike, a former managing editor of Life magazine who in 1954 helped found American Heritage magazine, died Tuesday at his home in Harwich, Mass. He was 92.

The cause was congestive heart failure and complications of Alzheimer's disease, his son John said.

Mr. Thorndike, the longtime editorial director of American Heritage, started the magazine with two Life colleagues, Oliver Jensen and James Parton. Mr. Jensen died in June, at 91.

A general-interest publication that recounts the American past in the style of a newsmagazine, American Heritage is published six times a year and has a circulation of 340,000. Its corporate parent, the American Heritage Publishing Company, is a division of Forbes Inc.

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