Obituaries

Richard Ketchum, historian, editor based in Vt.

SHELBURNE, Vt. - Richard Ketchum, a historian, writer, and editor who cofounded a magazine about country living and wrote 17 books, has died. He was 89.

Mr. Ketchum died Thursday at the Wake Robin retirement community in Shelburne.

After moving to Vermont in 1974 with his wife, Mr. Ketchum cofounded Blair & Ketchum’s Country Journal, written for people who had moved to rural areas after growing tired of hectic city and suburban life.

Mr. Ketchum wrote 17 books, six of which focused on the American Revolution, including “Saratoga: Turning Point of America’s Revolutionary War’’ and “Winter Soldiers.’’

His latest book, “Down on the Farm (Up in Vermont): A Love Story,’’ is a memoir of life on Saddleback Farm in Dorset, where he and his wife, who died in October, raised cattle, sheep, and goats.