- The Washington Times - Friday, August 23, 2002

NEW YORK A veteran New York Times financial editor fell to his death from the 15th floor of the Times building in mid-Manhattan yesterday morning in an apparent suicide.

Police found the body of Allen Myerson, 47, a longtime reporter and editor for the paper, lying on a parking garage roof next to the Times building at 229 W. 43rd St. at 9:47 a.m. The cause of death is pending the results of the medical examiner's findings. Police pronounced him dead at the scene after responding to a 911 call. There was no sign of foul play.

Sources at the Times and other newspapers said that Mr. Myerson appeared to have a nervous breakdown in front of the staff before he went to the 15-story building's top floor, a space often used for business receptions.

"He apparently just lost it," said one editor who asked to remain anonymous. "A lot of people in the newsroom saw it. They're very upset."

Police sources said Mr. Myerson left a note containing instructions to his family on how to handle his estate. Mr. Myerson, who lived in Glen Ridge, N.J., is survived by his wife, Carol Cropper Myerson, who works for Business Week magazine. They had no children.

Catherine Mathis, a spokeswoman for the paper, said, "Following normal procedures, police have begun an investigation."

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of the Times, sent an internal e-mail to the Times staff, saying: "It is with profound sadness that I tell you that earlier today Allen Myerson fell to his death from our building. As with any family, we're called on to endure our share of tragedies. This is one of those times, and our support for one another will help all of us get through it."

Mr. Myerson, born in New York City, was the assistant weekend editor for the business section. He began his career at the Times in 1989 as business desk copy editor. He also worked for the national desk at the Times. Before joining the paper, he was a city hall reporter for the Dallas Morning News, a political writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky and a staff writer for the Globe Times in Bethlehem, Pa. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1977.

Mr. Myerson often wrote about energy-related issues. In January, he edited "The New Rules of Personal Investing," a series of essays by business writers at the newspaper providing investment tips.

Another Times financial reporter, Agis Salpukas, 60, of Tenafly, N.J., died apparently by his own hand Jan. 3. His body was found in the Hudson River.

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