Guide to the Papers of John M. Mecklin, 1918 - 1986Manuscript ML-28

Biography

John Martin Mecklin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 29, 1918. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1939. After graduation Mecklin worked as a newspaper reporter in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut, and as a press agent for United Air Lines. During and after World War II, he was a war correspondent in Europe for the Chicago Sun (1944-1946), a reporter and columnist for the Rome Daily American (1946-1947), and a writer in the Sunday news summary of the New York Times (1947-1948). In 1948, he began his career at Time Inc., eventually becoming an associate editor on the staff of "Fortune" Magazine (1966-1968) and was named to its Board of Editors in 1968. From 1961-1964, Mecklin took a leave of absence from Time, Inc. and was appointed Public Affairs Advisor, U. S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development of the United States Information Agency in Paris (1961-1962). In 1962, he became Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy, in Saigon, Vietnam, a position he held until 1964. In 1965, Doubleday published his book about Vietnam entitled "Mission in Torment." Mecklin died of cancer on October 29, 1971, at the age of 53.

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