Hanson W. Baldwin

November 14, 1991|By New York Times

Hanson Weightman Baldwin, 88, retired military-affairs editor of the New York Times and the author of more than a dozen books on military and naval history and policy, died of heart failure yesterday at his home in Roxbury, Conn.

Funeral services will be private.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Baldwin won a Pulitzer Prize in 1943 for his World War II reporting from the Pacific.

He was the son of Oliver Perry Baldwin Jr., managing editor of The Sun early in this century, and Caroline Sutton Baldwin. He attended Boys' Latin School and the Severn School before entering the Naval Academy, graduating in 1924.

After three years in the Navy, he resigned his commission and took a job as a reporter with The Sun. He went to the Times two days before the 1929 stock market crash and became its military analyst in 1937. He retired in 1968.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Helen Bruce; two daughters, Barbara Potter of Woodbury, Conn., and Elizabeth Crabtree of Ridgewood, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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