Stanley Meisler, Foreign Correspondent Who Pivoted to Art History, Dies at 85

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Stanley Meisler, a longtime foreign correspondent for The Los Angeles Times who wrote a history of the United Nations and a biography of its secretary general Kofi Annan, and made a second career as a writer on art and art history, died on Sunday in Washington. He was 85.

The cause was heart failure, his son Samuel said.

Mr. Meisler had covered the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington in 1963 as a correspondent for The Associated Press before joining The Los Angeles Times in 1967 and heading off to assignments in Nairobi, Kenya; Mexico City; Madrid; Toronto; and Paris.

In the ’90s, based in New York, he covered the United Nations. That experience led to two books: “United Nations: The First Fifty Years” (1995) and…

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