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HEINZERLING, LYNN LOUIS

HEINZERLING, LYNN LOUIS

HEINZERLING, LYNN LOUIS (23 Oct. 1906-21 Nov. 1983) broke into journalism in Cleveland and went on to win a Pulitzer Prize as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press. He was a native of Birmingham, O., the son of Louis and Grace Lawrence Heinzerling. Raised in Elyria, O., he attended Akron University and Ohio Wesleyan University. Heinzerling became a reporter for the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER from 1928-33. He then joined the Associated Press Cleveland bureau, where he covered such stories as the Ohio River floods, the LITTLE STEEL STRIKE, and the TORSO MURDERS. In 1938 he was assigned to Berlin, from where he witnessed the outbreak of WORLD WAR II. He was wounded during the war while covering the Allied campaign in Italy. Following the war he was posted to Vienna, Berlin, Geneva, Johannesburg, and London. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 for his coverage of the Congo crisis and other African developments. Heinzerling returned to Ohio as chief of the AP's Columbus bureau in 1963-4, so that his son could attend Elyria High School. He rounded out his career with the Associated Press as chief of Africa operations until his retirement in 1971. He spent his retirement in Elyria, where he died, and he was inducted posthumously into the CLEVELAND JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME. He was survived by his wife, the former Agnes Dengate, whom he had married in 1934. His one surviving son, Larry, became an intern at the Plain Dealer before beginning his own career with the Associated Press.