Philip L. Fradkin, a native New Yorker whose fascination with the West turned him into an astute chronicler of the region's history and environmental legacy in books on such topics as the great San Francisco earthquake, nuclear test fallout in Nevada and the survival of the Colorado River, died Saturday at his home in Point Reyes Station, Calif. He was 77.
The cause was cancer, said his son, Alex.
FOR THE RECORD:
Philip Fradkin obituary: The obituary of writer Philip Fradkin in the July 11 LATExtra section said that the Colorado River flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Its outlet is the Gulf of California. —