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TALLEY--Truman, "Mac". TALLEY--Truman, "Mac", 88, of New York City, NY died peacefully at home of Parkinson's dementia on March 15, 2013. He was the son of the late Truman Hughes Talley and the late Helen Macdonald Talley and was a lifetime New Yorker. He was a graduate of The Buckley School, Deerfield Academy and Princeton University, class of '47, taking time out to enlist in the Army during WWll. He participated in The Battle of the Bulge for which he received The Purple Heart. Mr. Talley was a highly respected publisher with his own imprint, Truman Talley Books, established in 1980. He was known for publishing excellence. Mr. Talley's last publication before retiring, in 2008, was fittingly "The Time of Their Lives: The Golden Age of Great American Publishers, Their Editors and Authors", by Al Silverman. Rather than a gold watch retirement party, Mr. Talley's retirement celebration hosted by his wife Susannah at 21 Club included a small group of friends and his fellow compatriot in fine writing, Luis Auchincloss. The sweet surprise of that evening was Mr. Talley gazing up at his final publication, which was hanging from the iconic ceiling of the restaurant he had patronized for over sixty-five years. Mr. Talley will be missed for his bon vivant sociability, intellect, diffident complexity and sweetness. Before his illness, he was an active member of The Anglers' Club of New York, the Maidstone Club, The Southampton Beach Club, The Southampton Club, and The Brook. He also served on the Board of Directors of The New York Mercantile Library. He is survived by his loving wife, Susannah (nee Osborn), two daughters; Melanie, Marina and son Macdonald by his first wife, Madelon Devoe Talley who died in 1997, one grandson Roger Chatterton and two stepdaughters; Phillippa and Isabelle. A memorial service will be held at The James Lenox House, 49 East 73rd Street on Monday, March 25th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to V.N.S. of New York Hospice Care, New York, N.Y. 10001.


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Published in New York Times on Mar. 16, 2013.
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March 27, 2013
What a treat it was to see Mac at Princeton "Tiger" magazine graduate-board meetings, often in tuxedo on his way to some soiree or other. He was always keenly interested in what the undergraduates were up to, and full of encouragement (even when the magazine's content fell short of Mac's high standards of wit and taste). I also enjoyed seeing Mac at Pilgrims events. I will truly miss him.
Ed Strauss
March 26, 2013
I have many fond memories of Mac and the happy years he and Susannah spent together at James Lenox House. It always brought me great joy to see them because it was obvious how much they genuinely cared for and loved each other. As the end of his life approached, no one could have had a better caregiver. All of us at James Lenox House will miss him.
Joe Girven
March 25, 2013
Dear Melanie, Mac and Marina,
So many memories of all the years being with your mother and father - in New York and in that wonderful house in East Hampton. I will always see him in my mind's eye - enjoying his lunch at the beach club. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you now.
Alison Mazzola
March 25, 2013
I had the great good fortune of meeting Mac shortly after HE had the great good gfortune of making his home with Susannah, decorator, artist, writer, and one of the great homemakers of all time. On many occasions we sat in their jewel box of a living room. Mac was generous with his advice and support as I was in the throes of writing and then finding a publisher for my New Yorker memoir. I shall always be grateful to Susannah for enriching my life by bringing Mac into it -- and for enriching his late years with the charm of her presence.
Janet Groth
March 23, 2013
Mac was a true gentleman...he loved my sister dearly..and there could never have been a better caregiver toward the end of his life...she loved him..he loved her...beautiful to the end of his days..
Polly Fawcett
March 23, 2013
Although I never had the good fortune to meet Truman Talley in person, I've been very lucky to meet and know his children -- Marina, Mac and Melanie. I've worked with Jim, Marina's husband, through our band Vera, and have seen Mac perform countless times. I met Melanie here in New York at a family gathering and delighted in meeting Truman's grandson -- Jim & Marina's son -- Roger. Rest in peace, Mr. Talley. Your children are a wonderful tribute to your legacy.
Christina DeVeto
March 22, 2013
Jack and I have always had a life time of wonderful memories of you and
Madelon starting at The Post House. You were
A true gentleman in every sense.
Clare
March 22, 2013
Mac edited four of my books and was as unfailingly frank as he was polite, the perfect combination for getting the best out of his authors. He had a great sense of humor and knew his business cold. Meetings with him were always a pleasure. They don't make Mac Talleys any more.
Francis McInerney
March 21, 2013
Rest in Peace, Mac. I am glad that we had a little time to get to know each other. I will forever be grateful that you made it out to give your beautiful daughter away at our wedding.
James Chatterton
March 20, 2013
It is regrettable that I met Mac so late in life - when Marina and Jim got married. Even then he had great presence and it was a pleasure to be in his company. Somehow, with the great ones, and Mac was certainly one of those, it is obvious without them saying anything that they have accomplished much and can look back on a life well lived. I hope and pray that much of Mac will live on through his and our grandson Roger, and that Marina will be able to see her beloved father in him. As for Mac, he is on an endless trout stream in heaven, casting dry flies and sharing tales with many of the legenday authors whose works he published, and the bite is always on. Keep the rod tip high and the lines tight Mac and know that you contributed much to what is good and right in this world.
Roger Chatterton
March 20, 2013
It was a great honor to meet and spend time with Mac at our son's wedding to Mac's daughter Marina. We had heard so much about him from Marina and what a wonderful man he was. He lived up to everything Marina said about him and more. He was a man of great character and honor that we do not see so much of today. Mac, it was a privilege to have you in our extended family.
Susan Chatterton
March 19, 2013
What a wonderful experience it was to work with Mac at Dutton and St. Martin's and how I cherish the memory of our many conversations. A gentleman, a friend and a true link to the great age of publishing.
Walter Olson
March 19, 2013
I worked with Mac for many years at Dutton and he was a wonderful man. He will be missed by all. My condolences to his wife and family.
Gail Schimmel Friedman
March 19, 2013
I look back fondly on my years of working at Dutton with Mac. He was a true gentleman and legend in the industry.
Bob Wojciechowski
March 18, 2013
I worked with Mac for years--a gracious, fascinating presence. My condolences.
Richard Klin
March 18, 2013
Susannah, I'm saddened by the loss of your dear friend and husband, Mac. I take comfort knowing you're surrounded by lovely memories.
Lisa Wade
March 18, 2013
You will be missed by many.
Marilyn Pliego
March 18, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mac at St. Martin's Press, and I have fond memories of him. He was a real sweetheart.
Amelie Littell
March 17, 2013
Our glasses are raised in memory of Uncle Mac, may he rest in peace.
Diana DeVoe, Steve Mainzer
March 17, 2013
Dearest Melanie, Mac and Marina,

My thoughts are with you at this time. I hope time will brighten your memories and lessen your pain. I have a vision of your Mom and Dad dancing through the heavens together at last.
Ripley Golovin
March 16, 2013
So many memories of visiting your homes... so many memories of playing with Melanie and sometimes Mac and Marina - I will always remember you with great affection. You and Madalon were a large part of my childhood. Bon voyage.
pamela murphy
March 16, 2013
A man who always had a smile. Uncle Mac, you will be missed.
Milda De Voe
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