Tony Blankley Dies of Cancer

Various news outlets are reporting the sad news that Ex-TWT Editorial Page Editor Tony Blankley died over the weekend. He had stomach cancer. He was 63. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Lynda Davis, and three children.

TWT wrote that Blankley leaves “a legacy of significant analysis that bridged politics and culture with finesse, optimism and a sense of history.”

Blankley wore a variety of hats around Washington. He was Executive V.P. of Edelman public relations and a syndicated columnist and commentator for CNN, NPR and NBC. He was also GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich‘s former press secretary.

An excerpt from TWT:

Born in London, Mr. Blankley became a naturalized American citizen after his parents moved to California after World War II. As a child, he acted in such television shows as “Lassie,”“Highway Patrol” and “Make Room for Daddy,” and appeared in movies with such stars as Humphrey Bogart and Rod Steiger. He met Ronald Reagan at a 1950s-era USO performance and later volunteered to work on all of Reagan’s campaigns for governor and president.