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Peter D. Bunzel


1927 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Peter D. Bunzel Obituary
His family mourns the passing of journalist Peter D. Bunzel, aged 88, on July 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. Peter began his professional career at the (Martha's) Vineyard Gazette, and was later a staff writer at the New Yorker, Entertainment Editor at Life Magazine, Co-Founder, Editor and Publisher of Seattle Magazine (1963 to 1970), Editor of West Magazine and of the Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times (1971 to 1978), and a television critic at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner where in 1986 he won a major victory for free speech in the California Supreme Court, 42 Cal. 3d 254. Born in 1927 in New York, NY to Harriet Harvey and Ernest Everett Bunzel, Peter attended Allen-Stevenson, the Kent School and Princeton University where he was Editor and Chairman of the Daily Princetonian. In 1952, he married Jane Cole (deceased) and had four children: Cole Bunzel (deceased), Robert H. Bunzel of Oakland, CA, Jeffrey H. Bunzel of New York, NY and John D. Bunzel of Los Angeles, CA. In 1982, Peter married Suzanne Belcher Platt in Los Angeles, CA. Peter was devoted to books, movies, theatre, martinis, politics, freighter trips and family. He is survived by his wife Suzanne, his brother John H. Bunzel of Belmont, CA, his three sons, eight grandchildren and two great grandsons. A celebration of his life for family and friends will be held in September in Los Angeles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 24 to July 26, 2015
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