William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter.
He was a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and the author of "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language-related topics from its inception.
Safire was born William Lewis Safir in New York City, New York, the son of Ida (née Panish) and Oliver Craus Safir. His family was Jewish, and originated in Romania on his father's side.
Safire died from pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Rockville, Maryland, on September 27, 2009, aged 79. He was survived by his wife, Helene Belmar (Julius); their children, Mark and Annabel; and granddaughter, Lily.
Residence: 1940, Tract 382, Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; age 10; mother Ida P Safir (44, New York); brothers Marshall Safir (20, New York), Leonard Safir (18, New York)
↑ "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV64-JBXH : 8 October 2014), William L Safire and null, 1962; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1962, quarter 4, vol. 5D, p. 439, Paddington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K97H-JDX : 14 March 2018), William Safir in household of Ida P Safir, Tract 382, Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-45, sheet 64A, line 39, family 791, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 221.
Matt, since William is not living, could you add birth and death dates for him? 17 Dec 1929 - 27 Sep 2009. Also, he was in the US Army during WWII, so he could get a sticker identifying his as such. Thanks.