RIP New York Times science editor Barbara Strauch

“I’ve had more fun than I ever thought possible,” Barbara Strauch wrote in her last note to New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet. The longtime Times journalist and former Newsday senior editor passed away this morning.

Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:16 PM
To: !NYHQ-newsroom
Subject: Sad News About Barbara Strauch

Dear Colleagues,

We have sad news: our beloved Barbara Strauch, whose courage, grit, and journalistic accomplishments during her illness were an inspiration, passed away this morning at her home in Rye, N.Y., surrounded by her family.
Barbara’s stewardship of the Science section was the capstone to an extraordinary career in journalism. Her zest for a great story and her determination to infuse science journalism with sophistication, heart and rigor made our coverage the envy of our peers. It is impossible to list all the great stories she shaped, but they included projects on the Higgs Boson, being a patient, caring for children struggling with mental illness and the war on cancer. Barbara’s compassionate, skillful and fun-loving leadership also won the loyalty and affection of all who worked with her.

In the last note Dean received from her, a couple of weeks ago, Barbara wrote: “I’ve had more fun than I ever thought possible.”

We are heartbroken at this loss.

We will let you know plans for services as we learn them. If you want to write to her husband, Richard Breeden, and her daughters, Hayley and Meryl, the address is: [REDACTED] Rye, N.Y. 10580.

Dean [Baquet] and Celia [Dugger]

* Barbara Strauch’s “Fresh Air” appearance from 2010 (