GRAVES--Ralph. Died June 10 in New York City. Born in Washington D.C., in 1924 he was the son of Ralph Graves Sr., a founding editor of the National Geographic and Elizabeth Evans. After his father's death his mother married Francis B. Sayre, who became high commissioner of the Philippines where Mr. Graves spent part of his youth. He served in World War II as a cryptographer and returned to attend Harvard, where he published the first of his eleven books and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He was hired by LIFE magazine, and during the ensuing 35 years he served in many capacities, becoming Managing Editor, and finally overseeing the closing of the weekly magazine. He then became Editorial Director of Time Inc. where he worked until his retirement. Within weeks of becoming Managing Editor he published "the Faces of the Dead" an article showing the 243 faces of every American killed in the previous week in Viet Nam. The article was a strong antiwar statement that widely affected public opinion. He married Patricia Monser, with whom he had two children, William and Katherine. He later married Eleanor MacKenzie Parish, with whom had two children, Sara and Andrew. He became stepfather to William and Alexander. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren. Mr. Graves had homes in Sarasota, Fl., New York City and Martha's Vineyard. He was a member of the Century Association, the Edgartown Reading Room and the Dutch Treat Club, where he served as president. He was an avid, and mostly successful, backgammon player.
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Published in The New York Times on June 13, 2013