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Nicholas Karas died on August 11, 2013. He was 81 years old. He was both an ichthyologist and journalist. He has written a dozen books, including Brook Trout, The Striped Bass, and two novels Hunky and The Last Whaler and more than 500 major magazine pieces. He was born in Binghamton, N.Y. in 1931. After the Navy, he attended St. Lawrence and Johns Hopkins universities, where he majored in the biological sciences, and then Syracuse University, where he received his master's degree in journalism. He joined the staff of True magazine, and later Argosy magazine as outdoors editor. For nearly a decade thereafter, he was a full-time freelance writer, traveling throughout the world and producing more than 500 major magazine features. For 25 years, Karas had been the staff outdoors columnist for Newsday of Long Island and New York and wrote more than 3,500 columns. He is predeceased by his mother, Ann Karas, also of Binghamton. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 58 years; three sons Kenneth, Steven and Michael and five grand daughters as well as his sister, Ann Tiesi. Family burial will be at Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Aug. 16, 2013