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Alan Abelson, columnist, editor for Barron’s; at 87

Alan Abelson began writing “Up and Down Wall Street” for Barron’s in 1966.

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Alan Abelson began writing “Up and Down Wall Street” for Barron’s in 1966.

NEW YORK — Alan Abelson, who spent 57 years as a writer, editor, and chief columnist for financial news publication Barron’s, has died at the age of 87.

The author of the long-
running “Up and Down Wall Street” column died Thursday of a heart attack, said Sara Blask, a spokeswoman for Dow Jones, which publishes ­Barron’s. Mr. Abelson had been on a medical leave of absence for the past three months, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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‘‘Financial journalism lost one of its leading lights today with Alan Abelson’s passing,’’ Barron’s editor and president Ed Finn said in a statement. ‘‘For many readers, there can be no substitute for Alan’s witty, wise, and wonderfully written comments each week in ‘Up and Down Wall Street.’ He touched so many lives, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.’’

Mr. Abelson earned degrees in chemistry and English from City College of New York and a master’s degree from the ­Writer’s Workshop at the ­University of Iowa. He joined Barron’s in 1956, and became managing editor nine years later. in his years as editor, Mr. Abelson was noted for his training and mentoring of dozens of financial reporters and editors.

He began writing “Up and Down Wall Street” in 1966, which became a weekly mainstay . He wrote the column until his medical leave. Randall W. ­Forsyth, who took over in Mr. Abelson’s absence, will continue the column.

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