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Bernard Mayes, founder of first suicide hotline, dies at 85
Bernard Mayes, founder of first suicide hotline, dies at 85

All things considered, Bernard Mayes had done most of them. He was the first board chairman of National Public Radio. He was a journalist, a gay rights activist, a university dean, a classics scholar who translated plays from the Greek, and an Anglican priest who became an assertive and sardonic nonbeliever. He was the voice of Gandalf on a radio adaptation of "Lord of the Rings," and he provided comfortingly elegant British narration for dozens of audio books. And in 1962, he founded America's first suicide hotline — a service he conceived when, as a BBC correspondent, he filed dispatches about despairing people in his adopted hometown of San Francisco killing...

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