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Peace Corps Staffer Bernard Lefkowitz dies at 66
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Bernard Lefkowitz, journalist and author, dies at 66
May 22, 2004, 12:21 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) _ Bernard Lefkowitz, an investigative journalist and author whose books explored contemporary culture, died Friday. He was 66.
Lefkowitz died of thymic carcinoma, a cancer of the thymic gland, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, his wife Rebecca Aikman said.
In 1997 Lefkowitz wrote "Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb," about the 1989 gang rape of a mentally disabled girl by a group of popular high school students in an affluent New Jersey suburb. The book explored the town's willingness to rally around the perpetrators and disparage the victim.
A New York Times notable book of the year and an Edgar Award finalist, "Our Guys" was also made into a television movie.
A native New Yorker, Lefkowitz worked as a reporter and assistant city editor at the New York Post during the 1960s. He left the Post to work for the Peace Corps before becoming an author.
His books, "The Victims" (1969), "Breaktime: Living Without Work in a Nine-to-Five World" (1980) and "Tough Change: Growing Up on Your Own in America" (1987), also explored social issues.
During the course of his career Lefkowitz taught journalism and writing at City College, Duke University and Columbia University.
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