Henry Robinson III Luce, III (1925 - 2005) MP

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Birthplace: Manhattan, NY, USA
Death: Died in Fishers Island, NY, USA
Occupation: Publisher
Managed by: Natalie Tan
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About Henry Robinson III Luce, III

Henry "Hank" Luce III was the eldest son of the founder and editor in chief of Time Inc. who held prominent positions at the company and went on to be head of the Henry Luce Foundation.

He graduated from Yale after a three-year wartime interruption to serve as a naval officer on a destroyer in the Pacific.

Luce's first postwar job was as an assistant to Joseph P. Kennedy, then a member of the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of Government, known as the Hoover Commission. He also worked for two years as a reporter for The Cleveland Press.

He joined Time Inc. as a Washington correspondent for Time magazine, writing cover stories on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon. He worked two years in New York as a foreign news and national affairs writer.

In 1956, he became head of the company team that planned and supervised construction of the new Time & Life Building at Rockefeller Center. After the building was finished in 1960, he held a number of positions at Time Inc., including circulation director of Fortune, Architectural Forum and House and Home. In 1964, he became a vice president of Time Inc. and later was named director of research and development.

In 1966, he returned to journalism as London bureau chief of Time-Life News Service.

In 1968, he was named publisher of Fortune and, a year later, publisher of Time. He was a member of the board of Time Inc. and later of Time Warner.

He became president and chief executive of the Henry Luce Foundation in 1958, and was chairman from 1990 until 2002, when he became chairman emeritus. The foundation, established in 1936 with $690 million of Time Inc. stock, supports programs in higher education, Asian affairs, theology, women in science, engineering and the environment.

Luce was married four times. His first marriage to Patricia Porter ended in divorce. His second wife, Claire McGill, died, as did his third wife, Nancy Bryan Cassiday. Author Leila Eliott Burton Hadley was his fourth wife.