Barry Zwick dies at 68; L.A. Times editor and travel writer

Barry Zwick, a longtime editor at The Times who also wrote regularly for the paper's Travel section, died Sunday of diabetes-related cardiac arrest at his home in Encino, his family said. He was 68.

Zwick spent 37 years at The Times, joining the paper as a national copy editor in 1967. He was an editor on the national and foreign desks and managed the L.A. Times/Washington Post News Service for seven years. He also worked as a news editor and assistant readers' representative and taught editing for three years at USC.

He continued to write travel stories for The Times and other publications after retiring from the paper in 2004.

Barry Stanley Zwick was born July 21, 1942, in Cleveland. After graduating from Ohio State University in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in journalism, he became a copy editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He left in 1964 to earn a master's degree in journalism at Columbia University, then became night news editor at the Detroit Free Press.

While at The Times, Zwick took a mid-career professional journalism fellowship at Stanford University, where he studied Eastern European history and political science.

Zwick is survived by his wife, Bobbie, children Natasha and Alex; and a brother, Kenneth, of Rockville, Md.

Funeral services will be held at noon Sunday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park , 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles.