Peter David of the Economist

By James Fallows
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On Monday of this week, I sat next to Peter David, Washington bureau chief of the Economist, at a dinner at the Atlantic's headquarters, in which we heard the CEO of Boeing talk his industry's future and the prospects for American innovation more generally.

Just now I have seen the news that Peter David was killed last night in a car accident. This picture is from the Economist's site, which has that sad disclosure.

I don't have any more information nor any standing as a special friend of Peter David's over the years. [Update: More information from Politico.] But I liked him and respected him, even when sometimes disagreeing with him on political and other matters. My sympathies to his family and colleagues.
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Update Peter David's friend and colleague Clive Crook has a very eloquent tribute.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/05/peter-david-of-the-economist/257089/