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Theo Lippman Jr.

Theo Lippman Jr.

Theo "Ted" Lippman Jr., a former Baltimore Sun editorial writer and author of several books, died Saturday morning of complications after a fall at his home in Fenwick Island, Del.

He was 85.

"He wrote with a great sense of humor," said Joseph R.L. Sterne, editorial page editor during much of Lippman's tenure. "He was skeptical of all politicians. His column was a wonderful mixture of the day-to-day happenings plus a profound knowledge of American history."

Mr. Lippman was born in Brunswick, Ga., in 1929, and was the only child of Theo Lippman, an insurance salesman, and Louise Deaver Lippman. He attended Brunswick public schools, and...