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Kwanik Kenneth Paik, photojournalist, editor

Kwanik Kenneth Paik, an award-winning photojournalist who later became an editor at The Sun and The Evening Sun, and a newspaper columnist, died of acute myelogenous leukemia Nov. 27 in Los Angeles.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Mr. Paik immigrated to the United States in 1963, received a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and embarked on a career that took him around the world.

After working in the photo and graphic departments at newspapers in Kansas and Florida, he became photo director at the Sunpapers in 1983 and later became The Evening Sun's assistant managing editor for news. After leaving The Evening Sun in 1992, he worked as a columnist and consultant for the New York City edition of Korea Times.

As a photographer at The Kansas City Star and Times, Mr. Paik and reporter Harry Jones Jr. won an Overseas Press Club award in 1974 for their series of stories and photos "African Drought: A Stark Reality - Life Must Go On," which chronicled a major famine in Ethiopia. The following year, Mr. Paik won another Overseas Press Club award for images of his native country 25 years after the Korean War.


Navajo code talker

Joe Palmer, one of the last of the Navajo code talkers from World War II, died Nov. 18 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.

As a Marine in World War II, Mr. Palmer and 28 other code talkers used their native language to transmit military messages on enemy tactics, Japanese troop movements and other battlefield information by telephone and radio.


Dr. Seuss collaborator

Phyllis Cerf Wagner, who led a whirlwind life as the socially dynamic wife of two of New York's most prominent men but who was always proudest of collaborating with a former advertising colleague, Dr. Seuss, on a series of landmark children's books, died Nov. 24 at a New York hospital of complications from injuries suffered in a fall.

A newspaper and magazine columnist, movie actress, publisher, writer of radio soap operas, advertising executive and civic fundraiser, she lived at the center of Manhattan social life, entertaining successive generations of the city's artistic and political elite, first as the wife of the Random House co-founder Bennett Cerf, then, after Mr. Cerf died, as the wife of former Mayor Robert F. Wagner.

She collaborated with Theodor Seuss Geisel on a series of learning-to-read books. Their imprint, Beginner Books, eventually included classic Dr. Seuss titles such as The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and Green Eggs and Ham.

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