PAUL L. MONTGOMERY, 72
Civil right-era reporter
Paul L. Montgomery, a former reporter for The New York Times who covered riots in Harlem, the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965 and the search for Che Guevara in Bolivia, died of cancer Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Montgomery, who lived in Lausanne, started at The Times as a copy boy in 1959 and went on to an array of reporting assignments, from religion news to the New York Nets in the late 1970s.
From 1966 to 1969, he was The Times' bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He roamed Latin America, reporting on the misery of an Ecuadorean slum and the deadly clash between protesters and federal soldiers in Mexico City on Oct. 3, 1968, among other topics.
A year earlier, he had made an arduous journey with Bolivian soldiers through an arid area below the Andes as they searched for Guevara, Fidel Castro's lieutenant in the Cuban revolution.