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(July 28, 1914-July 24, 1952) Born Thomas O'Connor in Nampa, Idaho; graduated from Harvard College in 1936. Began career with Los Angeles Post-Record in 1935; also worked for Los Angeles Evening News, and served as president of Los Angeles Newspaper Guild. Went to New York in 1940 to work as reporter for PM; in 1941 won Heywood Broun Memorial Award for series on conditions in the coal mining industry. After service in the merchant marine during the war, returned to PM, where he was reporter and labor editor until paper went out of business in 1947. Later worked for New York Star (1947-48) and as city and managing editor for New York Daily Compass (1949-52). Appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee in May 1952, having been named as a Communist by Alice K. Bennett, the ex-wife of a Los Angeles newspaperman; refused to testify or name others. Died of a heart attack at the offices of Daily Compass while watching a television broadcast of the Democratic National Convention.