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Niven Busch ’26

Published in Dec. 4, 1991, issue

NIVEN BUSCH, who authored 12 novels and 21 films, died at age 88, in his San Francisco home, of heart disease Aug. 16, 1991.

Niven left Princeton in 1924 and joined the staff of TIME as associate editor. He contributed 21 profiles on prominent Americans, which were later made into a book. He was also with the NEW YORKER with the same title.

He moved to California in 1951, spending most of his time writing scripts for leading film producers.

His most successful novel, DUEL IN THE SUN, was made into a film by David Selznick. It was one of the most profitable of its day. His first film, IN OLD CHICAGO, was nominated for an Academy Award.

For some years in the 70s he served as regent professor for the Univ. of California campuses in Irvine, Berkeley, and San Diego.

He was married several times. His second wife, Teresa Wright, was a movie star of that era. Their marriage endured for a decade. His wife, Suzanne, five sons and two daughters survive him. The Class extends condolences to the family.

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