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January 02, 2007

DONALD MURRAY, 82 Newspaper columnist

Donald Murray, who won a Pulitzer Prize at age 29 and went on to write The Boston Globe's "Over 60" column for two decades, died Saturday in Beverly, Mass.

Mr. Murray, who lived in Durham, N.H., was visiting a friend when he died, apparently of heart failure, his daughter Anne Murray told the Associated Press.

Mr. Murray won a Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for editorials he wrote for the Boston Herald. In addition to his column, renamed "Now and Then" in 2001, he published numerous memoirs and books on writing and taught at the University of New Hampshire for 19 years.

Mr. Murray was born in Boston and grew up in Quincy, Mass. After what he described as an unhappy childhood, he became a paratrooper during World War II and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in English in 1948. He got his start as a copyboy at the Herald and became a staff reporter in 1949.

After working briefly for Time magazine and as a freelance writer in the 1950s, Mr. Murray joined the University of New Hampshire faculty in 1963. He retired in 1984.

Mr. Murray's first marriage ended in divorce. In 1951, he married Minnie Mae Emmerich, whose death from Parkinson's disease in 2005 was among the personal, private and sometimes painful parts of his life Mr. Murray chronicled in his column.

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