Lannan, who suffered from Parkinson's dementia, died Thursday at Cove's Edge at Miles in Damariscotta, Maine, said one of his sons, Jonathan Lannan.
He started at the Manchester Union Leader and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire before joining The AP in Augusta, Maine. He covered the U.S. space program, including the moon landing, for the Boston Herald-Traveler and Washington Star.
During the Nixon administration, he was an assistant to the president's science adviser and filled a similar role for the Salk Institute.
Lannan was owner/publisher of the weekly Summit County Journal in Breckenridge, Colorado, and taught at The School of Mines and the University of Denver.
He worked at the Washington Star and Washington Post Newspapers as a production machinist, from where he retired from in 1998. Bill enjoyed life at his home in Ponder Cove fishing and boating on “Lucky Lady,” family crab feasts and cookouts. He was a faithful “Redskin” fan and enjoyed attending the games with his nephews. Bill was an active member of the Elks Lodge in Edgewater and Moose Club in Annapolis.
While a new father and full time employee he earned a BA from American University. He later earned a Master’s Degree and a BS from University of Maryland. He retired as Assistant Director of Security for the AEC after 30 years of service. While with the government, he invented and patented various masking and de-bugging devices. In his “off hours” he began two weekly newspapers, the Gaithersburg (now Montgomery County) Gazette, and the Damascus Courier. He was also a professional photographer for the Washington Star, photographing D.C. political and society notables. After retirement he had a second career as a licensed real estate broker and appraiser. He was a tireless animal advocate, rehabilitating crows, treeing poachers until they could be arrested, and nursing various abandoned dogs and cats back to health. In his final years he wrote a book, “The Oppenheimer Conspiracy”, based on his confrontation with the physicist at Los Alamos.
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