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One-Time Vt. Resident, Author William J. Lederer, Dies at 97

Times Argus - 4:31 pm Fri Jan 15th, 2010

William J. Lederer, a writer and career naval officer died on Dec. 5 in Baltimore. He was 97.

Lederer and Eugene Burdick, wrote "The Ugly American," a novel that was among the first books to deal with American involvement in Southeast Asia and that barely veiled a blistering critique of the nation's foreign policy there.

The cause of death was respiratory failure, said his son Jon; the family delayed reporting the news of his father's death while arrangements were made for a military funeral, among other reasons, he said. Lederer is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Feb. 16, his son said.

Lederer lived for years in Vermont and wrote one of the first how-to books on cross-country skiing in 1977, and in a later edition in 1983 published "The Complete Guide to Cross-Country Skiing" with former Olympian Joe Pete Wilson, who ran nordic centers in the ski resort of Stowe.

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