Other notable deaths

Other notable deaths

March 21, 2007

ELLEN KINGSLEY, 55 TV reporter, ADHD advocate

Ellen Kingsley, 55, an Emmy-winning former television medical and consumer affairs reporter and founder of a magazine dedicated to the problem of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, died of breast cancer March 8 in Houston.

The New York City native began her career in the late 1970s at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, where her colleagues included a young Oprah Winfrey, and worked in the 1980s at WUSA-TV in Washington. In 1986, she produced Portrait of Hope, a documentary about her fight with breast cancer, first diagnosed more than 20 years ago.

Ms. Kingsley moved to Houston with her family in the early 1990s. Her husband, Dr. Robert Hirschfeld, is chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

With a son who had ADHD, Ms. Kingsley researched the problem and, winning a MacArthur Foundation grant, founded the monthly ADDitude: The Happy, Healthy Lifestyle Magazine for People with ADD. The magazine was sold in 2004.

Dr. Hirschfeld told the Houston Chronicle that his wife had been cancer-free for 16 years, until 2001 when it metastasized. She had been undergoing treatment for six years at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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