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William Ewald, Speechwriter For Eisenhower, Dies In Greenwich

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GREENWICH, Conn. -- William B. Ewald Jr., a speechwriter for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, died Monday at his home in Greenwich.

Ewald, 89, died of respiratory failure, his son William B. Ewald III told The New York Times.

After Eisenhower left office, he wrote a two-volume memoir with Ewald. Eisenhower’s memoirs, “The White House Years: Mandate for Change, 1953-1956” and “Waging Peace, 1956-1961,” were written after Ewald spent four years with Eisenhower at his home in Gettysburg, Pa.

Ewald left the White House in 1961 to work at IBM. He remained there until 1988. He took a leave from 1961-65 at IBM to assist Eisenhower on his memoir.

The obituary in the Times said Ewald “found Eisenhower to be a meticulous editor and unusually sparing in personal invective — in print — because he rarely carried a grudge for long. One exception was (Joseph) McCarthy.”

Ewald was born in Chicago on Dec. 8, 1925. He was raised in St. Louis, and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. He received a doctorate in English from Harvard University. He joined the White House in 1954 as a junior speechwriter.

He was predeceased in 1997 by his wife of 50 years, Mary Thedieck.

He is survived by his sons William, Charles and Thomas, and seven grandchildren.

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