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Basketball Times Publisher Dies

November 18, 2000

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) _ Larry Donald, the editor and publisher of Basketball Times who was honored by the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack. He was 55.

Donald, who bought Basketball Times in 1980 and was still publishing the tabloid at the time of his death, was cited 19 times by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in its annual writing contest. He was the only two-term president in USBWA history and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 1997.

The next year he was presented the Curt Gowdy Award by the Basketball Hall of Fame for service to the sport over his career.

A native of Deshler, Ohio, Donald graduated from Bowling Green in 1967.

He is survived by a son, David, of Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Linda, of New York and Pinehurst; and his longtime business partner, Nanci Donald of Pinehurst.

Visitation is Saturday from 3-7 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Boles Funeral Home in Pinehurst. A memorial service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the Village Chapel in Pinehurst.

The funeral service will be held at the Wright-Kroll Funeral Home in Grand Rapids, Ohio, on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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