John L. Cavnar. 71. of Bemardsville, a magazine writer and editor, former Newark News editor and United States trade official to the Soviet Union, died Monday, Aug. 1, 1994 at his Lloyd Road home following a brief illness.
Born in Kansas City, Mo., Mr. Cavnar was raised in Oak Park, Ill., and lived in Pasadena, Calif., and Boonton Township before moving to Bemardsville 25 years ago.
Mr. Cavnar began his publishing career as a reporter for Tobacco Jobber magazine and later was an editor for Ceramic Age magazine. He began his newspaper career as a reporter and editor for regional New Jersey newspapers in the northern part of the state and joined the Newark News in 1957.
In his 15-year career with that newspaper, he was a reporter for the state desk, bureau chief and covered gubernatorial political campaigns before he went on to become the paper’s roving correspondent writing feature stories from all parts of the state. He was an assistant state editor when the newspaper ceased publishing in 1972. He also contributed to The Herald-Tribune.
Mr. Cavnar then joined the staff of the U.S.-Soviet Trade Council, a non- governmental group established by President Richard Nixon to carry out the policies of detente by encouraging trade between the United States and Soviet Union. Mr. Cavnar participated in a trade mission at the Kremlin with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and was managing editor of the Journal of the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Trade Council.
Following his retirement, he was a freelance copy editor with advertising agencies working on New Jersey Tourism promotions and edited fiction and non-fiction trade books.
Mr. Cavnar was a member of the Central Jersey chapter of Mensa. He was a descendent of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. He was also a published crossword puzzle constructor.
Mr. Cavnar was a Marine Corps veteran and served with the Raiders Battalion in the South Pacific with service in Guam and the Pacific Islands. He was selected to participate in and was a graduate of the V-12 program at the University of Southern California. He was also an information specialist in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Marine Corps Reserves and the Raiders Battalion Association. The battalion was well- known for amphibious raids and jungle warfare. Mr. Cavnar also appeared in the movie “Gung Ho.”
He leaves his wife, Valerie; five children from a previous marriage; a son, Adam of Morristown; four daughters, Kuthryn of Cincinnati, Ohio, Donna Goding of East Stroudsburg, Pa., Clancy of San Francisco and Shawnee Brown of Collierville, Tenn.; a sister, Jane of Sanford, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service for the family was held at Mr. Cavnar’s home. Memorial gifts may be made to the Somerset Hills Hospice, c/o the Somerset Hills Visiting Nurse Association, 12 Olcoi t Ave., Bernardsviile, N.J. 07924.
Arrangements were by the Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, 101 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge.