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John Corry, Former Times Reporter and TV Critic, Dies at 89


Mr. Corry responded with a 6,000-word article within the Arts and Leisure section of The Times defending Mr. Kosinski. Mr. Corry contended that the allegations of plagiarism and of other nefarious activities were the product of a 15-year disinformation campaign by Polish Communist intelligence operatives, resulting from the novelist’s denunciations of the Polish authorities for crushing the Solidarity movement.

Partisan literary voices lined up on each side of the dispute, which widened into allegations that powerful journalists had exerted influence within the polemics, and the matter was never resolved. Mr. Kosinski committed suicide in 1991.

Mr. Corry became The Times’s television critic within the Eighties. He liked PBS documentaries on the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and on terrorism, but he panned network news. “CBS didn’t understand news and confused it with entertainment,” he said in his memoir. “NBC and ABC were doing that too. News increasingly was being recited or acted out by on-air Kens and Barbies.”

John Corry was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 6, 1933, to John Joseph and Agnes (Thune) Corry, Irish Episcopalians whose forebears had modified the surname from Curry to emphasize their Protestant origins. His father was a bank clerk. The boy grew up within the Bay Ridge section and attended P.S. 127 and Fort Hamilton High School, graduating in 1950.

He graduated in 1954 from Hope College, a small liberal arts school in Holland, Mich. After two years within the Army, he was hired by The Times as a replica boy in 1957.

In 1960, Mr. Corry married Irmtraut Wolff, who was referred to as Irmie. That they had two children, Colette and Janet, and were divorced within the Seventies. His second marriage, in 1982 to Sonia Landau, a Republican Party official, also resulted in divorce. In 1996, he married Jean Herskovits, a professor of Nigerian history and politics, who had an adopted daughter, Fatima Nduka-Eze. His third wife died in 2019.

Besides Ms. Dahlberg, he’s survived by his other daughter, Janet Farnsworth; Ms. Nduka-Eze; and 6 grandchildren.

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