Kennett Love, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor and a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times, died at Southampton Hospital on May 13 as a result of respiratory failure. He was 88 years old.
Born August 17, 1924, Mr. Love had a long career as a journalist, covering the Middle East for the Times in the mid-1950s, writing about the CIA-orchestrated plot to overthrow Iran’s democratically-elected prime minister; the discovery of an ancient boat near the Great Pyramid of Giza intended to carry the spirit of the pharaoh Cheops to the underworld; and the Suez Canal crisis — which he later turned into the book, “Suez: The Twice Fought War — among many other stories.
Mr. Love left The Times in 1962 to cover culture and foreign affairs for the magazine USA1. He later taught journalism at the American University in Cairo and worked for the Peace Corps.
Mr. Love attended Princeton University and was a pilot in the Navy Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he married Felicite Pratt, in 1946 (she died in 2002), and continued his studies at Columbia University. His newspaper career began at The Hudson-Dispatch in Union City, N.J. He joined The Times in 1948, working in the morgue before becoming a reporter in 1950.
He was a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Washington Monthly, and Middle East Journal among other publications and had been a correspondent and contributor to both ABC and CBS.
Mr. Love was also an avid and accomplished sailor, who taught celestial navigation at the East Hampton Marine Museum. He frequently sailed the waters of eth East End, and, in 1983, sailed from Sag Harbor to Dark Harbor, Me., in an 18-ft. ketch-rigged open skiff. He regularly made ocean voyages in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific in his own yachts and on professional yacht deliveries.
He also designed several building projects, including a 2,700 sq.ft. house in Sag Harbor and a 5,000 sq. ft. passive solar house in East Hampton.
Mr. Love is survived by his partner Blair Seagram; two daughters, Mary Christy Love Sadron and Suzanna Potter Love; two sons, John and Nicholas; two sisters, Mary Lehmann and Nathalie Love; his niece Rue Matthiessen Shaughnessy; his nephew Alex Matthiessen; and five grandchildren.