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Alan Abelson: 1925 to 2013

Letter From the Editor

 | THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

Alan Abelson: 1925 to 2013

Editor and President,


 Financial journalism lost one of its leading lights today when Alan Abelson died at the age of 87. 

Alan had served Barron's as a writer, editor, and chief columnist the past 57 years.

Alan wrote wise comments each week in Up and Down Wall Street

But Alan's contributions to Barron's, and to financial journalism, go beyond his marvelous column. During his career, Alan trained dozens of journalists to be skeptical, to be exacting, to help average investors, and to be on the lookout for Wall Street's crooks.

One of the unique things about Alan was that his keen knowledge of Wall Street was matched by his love of artful writing.  

Before Alan began his newspaper career in 1947, he earned a bachelor's degree in English and Chemistry from The City College of New York and a master's degree from the prestigious Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, which counts among its alumni Flannery O'Connor, Jane Smiley and John Irving.

Alan arrived at Barron's in 1956 and began writing his column in 1966.

Alan  wrote his column, week in and week out, always with gracious prose, sharp insights and a hilarious sense of humor.



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