Jared Lebow, whose journalism career took him from sportswriting duties at The Fort Lauderdale News in 1962 to the sports copy desk at The New York Times, died of an apparent heart attack at his home in New York on June 8. He was 76. A few years after joining the Fort Lauderdale newspaper, Lebow moved from Florida to New York when he was hired by Time Inc. to edit its FYI magazine. That was followed by editing jobs at Signature magazine and Look magazine, where he was assistant sports editor. He eventually found his way to The Times, leaving in 1979 to pursue a career in public relations.
Frank Litsky, a stalwart of the New York Times sports department from 1958 until retiring in 2008, died at his home in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30 after a brief illness. He was 92. Litsky was a hard-working, award-winning reporter and editor whose breadth of knowledge allowed him cover 44 different sports for The Times, from archery to wrestling and from luge to cricket. He also covered eight Olympic Games and 15 Super Bowls, but he might have been best-known for his coverage of track and field and swimming. He was president of the New York Track Writers Association for 40 years, and in 1997, he became the first newspaper journalist named to the media wing of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In addition, for a 36-year period, Litsky wrote yearbooks for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, World Book and Collier’s, along with “Superstars,” a 1975 coffee-table book.