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Advertising Executive; Edgar Allen Poe Award-Winning Novelist and Historian
William H. Hallahan III, a former advertising executive and an award-winning novelist and historian, died on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 after a short illness. He was 92.
Hallahan had a highly successful writing career that spanned seven decades. He began his career as a creative director at the advertising agency N.W. Ayer, and published over twelve books in the mystery, occult and non-fiction genres. His first novel, The Dead of Winter was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe award for Best First Mystery Novel in 1972. In 1977, his book Catch Me: Kill Me was nominated for - and won - the Poe award for the Best Mystery Novel. His occult novel The Search for Joseph Tully was a New York Times best seller and hailed as one of the best books of its genre. Hallahan then began to write non-fiction books, including the critically acclaimed histories about the American Revolution: The Day the Revolution Began: 19 April 1775 and The Day the Revolution Ended: Yorktown 19 0ctober 1781.
Hallahan was born on December 12, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, to William H. Hallahan, Jr., and Berenice E. Lyons, the third child in a family of six boys and one girl. He served in the US Navy in World War II as radioman second class in Natal, Brazil, and married his childhood sweetheart. He was a graduate of Temple University with a B.S. in Journalism (cum laude) and an M.A. in English (cum laude). He was also a lifelong athlete and ran almost every day until he was 85 years old, and continued weightlifting until the week before his death.
Hallahan is survived by daughter Janet V. Hallahan (Richard A. Montegna), grand-daughter Katherine A. Montegna, brother Michael Hallahan, sister-in-law Mrs. Edna Hallahan (Gregory), partner Diane Pregartner, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Marion E. Wakefield Hallahan; brothers Harry W. Hallahan, Townsend R. Hallahan, Gregory D. Hallahan, Dion P. Hallahan; and sister Elizabeth Hallahan Sellers.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday August 29 at 10:30 am at Grace Episcopal Church, 19 Kings Highway E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. The Funeral Service will immediately follow at 11 am in the church. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made by check to The William H. Hallahan Fund, c/o The Authors Guild Foundation, 31 East 32nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016 or by credit card online at www.authorsguild.org/donate


Published on Philly.com on Aug. 26, 2018
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