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J Keogh former Time editor & Nixon aide, dies

He died on Wednesday of respiratory failure, his granddaughter, Sara Crouse, said on Sunday.

india Updated: May 14, 2006 23:17 IST

James Keogh, a former executive editor of Time magazine who served in communication roles through the troubled years of the Nixon administration, has died. He was 89.

He died on Wednesday of respiratory failure, his granddaughter, Sara Crouse, said on Sunday.

Keogh, who lived in Greenwich, joined the Nixon administration in 1969 as a special assistant to the president and became head speechwriter about a year later. He also was director of the US Information Agency, which advocates US interests abroad.

Keogh used the information agency's "Voice of America" broadcasts to explain the Watergate scandal and President Richard Nixon's resignation, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

"In explaining what is happening in this country as a result of the Watergate affair, we try to make the point to our overseas audiences that what they are seeing and hearing is this free and open society working out a problem," he said in a speech in 1973.

Keogh began his journalism career in 1938 at the Omaha World-Herald. He was national affairs reporter at Time magazine in 1951 and eventually rose to executive editor.