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N.Y. Times Editor Dies in Fall

August 22, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ A business editor at The New York Times fell to his death from the 15th floor of the newspaper’s Times Square office building Thursday in what police said was a possible suicide.

Allen Myerson, 47, fell from the West 43rd Street building and landed on the roof of a garage.

Newspaper spokeswoman Catherine Mathis confirmed the death and said Myerson had worked at the Times since 1989. His title was assistant business editor/weekends.

``As with any family, we’re called on to endure our share of tragedies,″ she quoted publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. as saying in a memo sent to Times employees. ``This is one of those times and our support for one another will help all of us get through it.″

The memo said police were investigating the circumstances of the death. Police Sgt. Kevin Hayes said it was being treated as a possible suicide.

Myerson wrote frequently on energy issues. In January, he edited ``The New Rules of Personal Investing,″ a compilation of essays offering tips from top business writers at the newspaper.

Myerson joined the Times after working for the Lexington Herald-Leader and The Dallas Morning News. He is survived by his wife, Carol Cropper Myerson, who works at BusinessWeek.

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