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Jonathan W. "JP" Pine Jr., editor

Jonathan W. "JP" Pine Jr., a longtime editor at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins/Wolters Kluwer Health who had been active in several patriotic organizations, died Thursday of lymphoma at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

The Roland Park resident was 56.

"Jonathan was well-respected and a great mentor to younger editors. We worked together for 20 years, and he was very thorough in the details when it came to complicated projects," said Charles W. Mitchell, a former Lippincott Williams & Wilkins/Wolters Kluwer Health editor, colleague and longtime friend. "His death is a great loss for the profession."

The son of the late Jonathan W. Pine Sr., who had been a silver salesman for Kirk-Stieff, and Margaret Louisa Dukes Pine, owner of Elmhurst Nursery School in Roland Park, Jonathan Woodworth Pine Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Wickford Road.

Mr. Pine was a 1975 graduate of Gilman School, where he had been manager of the lacrosse team. After graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University, he went to work as an editorial assistant for Williams & Wilkins, the Baltimore publisher.

"He started as an editorial assistant right out of college and worked his way through the ranks until he became an acquisition editor," said Mr. Mitchell.

"He'd figure out what we should publish, do research, talk to the right people and then make a proposal. He'd then manage the project, and he was one of the best," said Mr. Mitchell. "JP had a wry sense of humor that could bust up a meeting full of dour editors and marketers."

Mr. Pine's specialty was working in the field of medical and surgical oncology.

"One of his great projects was 'Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology,' which is now in its ninth edition," said Mr. Mitchell.

At his death, Mr. Pine was senior executive editor and had been named Editor of the Year several times.

"JP was very outgoing, congenial and social. He particularly liked music and rock 'n' roll and the Grateful Dead. He saw them perform all over the country, and when Jerry Garcia died, he had to take the day off," said Mr. Mitchell. "When we were on business trips in the car and something came on the radio, he could not only tell you the name of the band but all of its players. He was just incredible."

Rafael Alvarez, a former Baltimore Sun reporter and a writer, had been a friend of Mr. Pine's for 35 years.

"I first met him when my former wife, Deborah Rudacille, was an intern at Williams & Wilkins. We then became die-hard friends. Debbie and I were just a couple of kids from East Baltimore, and Jonathan and his family opened up a part of Baltimore to us that has served us very well," he recalled.

"Jonathan had a great love of American music and the blues. We had a friendship that was based on American music that translated into journalism," said Mr. Alvarez.

"When I wrote about music for The Sun, he took many of the photographs. I remember when he photographed Jam, a band, at the Cole Field House at the University of Maryland; Papa John Creach, the blues violinist; and the most beautiful photograph of albino bluesman Johnny Winter."

Mr. Alvarez described Mr. Pine as being the "perfect gentleman."

"He had manners you don't see anymore," he said. "And he also had his first job. He was a rarity for this generation."

Mr. Pine was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati and was lieutenant governor of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland.

"We were sandbox babies — we were born three weeks apart in 1957 — and were sort of joined at the hip," said Walter Byrd Mitchell, who is also a member of the Society of Colonial Wars. "He was very dedicated to the society and at his death was No. 2 in the organization and was being groomed to be governor."

One of Mr. Pine's responsibilities was organizing the society's oyster roast.

"He'd deal with getting the oysters, setting up chairs and even cleaning up. He did it all," said Walter Mitchell.

He also edited "The Warrior," the organization's annual publication, to "which he brought his superb editing skills to bear," said Walter Mitchell.

Mr. Pine was former president of the Churchman's Club and was a member of the Maryland Club and the L'Hirondelle Club. He was also a longtime subscriber to Center Stage.

In addition to photography and music, Mr. Pine enjoyed spending summers at a home at Long Lake, N.Y., in the Adirondacks, where he liked to hike. He also was a windsurfer.

Mr. Pine was a communicant, vestryman and Eucharistic minister at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

In addition to his mother, who lives in Roland Park, Mr. Pine is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Corby Hancock; a son, Jonathan W. "Jonny" Pine III, a sophomore at Radford University; a daughter, Lauren G. Pine, a junior at Roland Park Country School; and his sister, Margaret "Peggy" Pine Utermohle of Roland Park.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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