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Stanley Losak, NBC News Exec

Westport resident Stanley Losak, a documentary news producer and director who worked as a manager for NBC News ' special programming, died Oct. 24. He was 83.

A graduate of Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, Losak earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and English literature from Brooklyn College and a master's degree in broadcast communications from Syracuse University .

In 1967, Losak served as NBC News' field producer during the Arab-Israeli Six Day War . From 1974 to 1979, he was the manager for NBC News' special programming, the network's documentary production unit. He later produced award-winning documentaries for NBC News' public affairs programming until he retired from the network in 1988.

For more than three decades, Losak worked with some of NBC's top correspondents, including Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Edwin Newman, Douglas Kiker and Bob Abernethy.

He produced, directed and managed more than two-dozen documentaries on a range of topics, including Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, the Vietnam War, and the status of the American family. He received many awards, including two Emmy nominations, one for "What Shall We do About the Children?" (1983) focusing on runaways, and another for Harry Chapin's "Cotton Patch" (1983) examining Chapin's Broadway musical, "The Cotton Patch Gospel."

After retiring, Losak worked as a public information officer with the U.S. Emergency Management Agency while freelancing on several documentary projects. He was also a guest lecturer at Yale University, where he lectured on communications, and an adjunct visiting professor at Brooklyn College and Syracuse University.

A World War II veteran, Losak served as a radioman on the USS Anzio in the South Pacific, receiving the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Medal 2 Stars, the American Theater and Victory medals.

Losak was an active member of the Westport/Weston Y's Men and the regional Power Squadron.

He is survived by his son, Matthew Losak of Silver Spring, Md., and daughter, Garnett Losak of Brooklyn, N.Y., both Staples High School graduates, as well as a son from a previous marriage, Daniel Losak of El Cerrito, Calif.; his former wife, Beverly Farster of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

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