Zinsser, Early Adapter at Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Dies at 84

John S. Zinsser, who edited hundreds of classic works of fiction down to their bare essentials starting in the 1960s as an editor at Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, died late last month of a heart attack at the age of 84.

The Times has the full obit. Short version: He lived until he died.

Zinsser, Early Adapter at Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Dies at 84