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William K. Goolrick Jr.



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Date published: 1/20/2013

William K. Goolrick Jr.

William Kinloch Goolrick Jr., 92, died at his home in Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

Born in Fredericksburg, he graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1941. He served 5 years in the U.S. Army on the staff of Gen. George S. Patton Jr. and with the 80th Infantry Division.

He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge on the last day of 1944 and spent 2 years recuperating in Army hospitals. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze and Silver Stars.

After the war, he earned a master's degree in English literature from Columbia University. For 10 years, he worked as a reporter and writer for Life magazine, then became chief editorial writer for The Saturday Evening Post. Later, he served as an editor at TimeLife Books.

He leaves his wife, Martha, whom he married in 1968, a son, John, and a daughter, Page by his first wife, Elizabeth Shaw Goolrick, who died in 1964; and two stepsons, John and Charles Horoshowski.

There will be a service at noon Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Fredericksburg City Cemetery.