DARMISCOTTA — John Lannan, a reporter and editor for numerous organizations, including The Associated Press, has died. He was 87.

Lannan, who suffered from Parkinson’s dementia, died Thursday at Cove’s Edge at Miles in Damariscotta, said one of his sons, Jonathan Lannan.

He started at the Manchester Union Leader and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire before joining The AP in Augusta, Maine. He covered the U.S. space program, including the moon landing, for the Boston Herald-Traveler and Washington Star.

During the Nixon administration, he was an assistant to the president’s science adviser and filled a similar role for the Salk Institute.

Lannan was owner/publisher of the weekly Summit County Journal in Breckenridge, Colorado, and taught at The School of Mines and the University of Denver.

He also taught at the University of Southern Maine and was faculty adviser to the student newspaper.


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