NEW YORK -- Bernard J. Lett, director of correspondents for SN's parent, Fairchild Publications here, died March 12 following a long bout with cancer. He was 78.
Lett joined Fairchild in 1936 as distribution manager at the age of 18 and spent almost the rest of his life with the company. From 1942 to 1945, he was a U.S. Marine, participating in the landing on Guadalcanal -- one of the key battles of World War II -- and other engagements in the Pacific. He emerged from the Marines as a technical sergeant.
When the war ended, Lett returned to Fairchild. In the early 1960s, he was transferred to Indianapolis as bureau chief, but returned to New York a year later. He was named director of all FNS correspondents in April 1962. Except for a brief stint as Long Island bureau chief, he ran the network until several months ago, when his condition worsened. Lett is survived by his wife, Lucia; three sons, William, Jeffrey and Terrence; a brother, Paul; and eight grandchildren.