David Lamb was the consummate newspaperman in the glory days of the profession.
Especially for young reporters dispatched to the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, a chance to work with the veteran journalist and writer was like being teamed with a hero.
Yet the gravel-voiced correspondent treated newbies like he did everyone else – with warmth, deference and a boyish grin that regularly erupted in hearty laughter.
Lamb, a foreign and national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades, and a prolific author, died Sunday at a hospital in Alexandria, Va., a suburb of Washington.
He was 76, and the cause of death was cancer,...