James C. Lagier


Age: 80

retired Associated Press bureau chief in the U.S. and Japan whose 40-year career included covering nuclear tests in the Pacific, filing the bulletin on Robert F. Kennedy's death, and overseeing the AP's reporting of the 1995 Kobe earthquake that killed more than 6,000 people who joined the AP in Honolulu in 1962 and retired in 2001 as chief of the Tokyo bureau, but the two locations were fitting bookends to a career that also took him to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Columbus, Ohio and Fresno, California as a reporter, newsroom manager, and executive.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: July 1935

Died: November 21, 2015

Walnut Creek, California