Jeffery Zaslow, who wrote “The Last Lecture”, “Highest Duty”, and “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope,” was killed Friday in a car crash returning from a book signing. He was 53.
Zaslow was a Philadelphia native and married to Sherry Margolis since 1987. He was the father of three daughters.
Outgoing and equally self-deprecating, Zaslow had a knack for ferreting out details that riveted readers. He wrote books that inspired millions.
He first shot to notoriety when, as a Wall Street Journal reporter writing about a national contest to replace Ann Landers, he ended up winning the contest to succeed her at the Chicago Sun-Times.
His latest book, “The Magic Room,” chronicled the happenings at Becker’s Bridal in Fowler, near Lansing, owned and operated by fourth-generation shop owner Shelley Becker Mueller.