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Norman Mitchell Lobsenz, a prolific writer who educated millions of readers about marriage, sex and family issues through more than 20 books and 1,000 articles in national magazines such as Reader's Digest, McCall's, Redbook and The New York Times Magazine, died May 20 at his home in Redondo Beach, Calif. He was 93. During his 55-year career as a freelance writer, Lobsenz was among the first to publish articles in mass market media about such sensitive subjects as infidelity, divorce and sex among seniors, and he authored a monthly column in McCall's—Men and Women-from 1977-1980 with noted Los Angeles marital therapist Marcia Lasswell. He was recognized for his pioneering work by the Family Service Association of America, which three times gave him its National Media Award, the American Academy of Family Physicians, which gave him its National Journalism Award, and the American Association of for Marital and Family Therapy, which named him as the only writer ever to receive their Distinguished Affiliate Member award. Among his best-selling books were No Fault Marriage (Doubleday, 1976), Styles of Loving (Doubleday, 1980), both co-written with Lasswell, and Nobody's Perfect (Stratford Press, 1981), with Mort Weisinger. His books were reprinted in Japanese, German and Spanish editions for overseas audiences. Prior to specializing in family and marriage topics, Lobsenz's wide-ranging work included interviews with the likes of Sophia Loren, Barbra Streisand and the former empress of Iran, numerous children's books, including the First Book of Insects, and a stint as editorial director of an early science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. Lobsenz also was a leading figure in the journalism community, co-founding the American Society of Journalists and Authors (previously the Society of Magazine Writers) in 1948 and subsequently serving as its president in 1965. He won the group's Career Achievement Award in 1993.........
WRITINGS BY THE AUTHOR:
•The Minister's Complete Guide to Successful Retirement, Channel Press, 1955.
•(Editor) His Bedside Companion, Prentice-Hall, 1957.
•Emergency!: The Dramatic Story of the New York City Police Department, McKay, 1958.
•The Insect World: Ants, Bees, Wasps, Butterflies, and Many Other Insects and Their Relatives, Including Spiders and Centipedes (juvenile nonfiction), Golden Press, 1959, revised edition, 1962.
•Golden Book Picture Atlas of the World (juvenile nonfiction), Volume V: Africa, Golden Press, 1960.
•(With Thelma Keitlen) Farewell to Fear, Geis, 1960.
•Is Anybody Happy?: A Study of the American Search for Pleasure, Doubleday, 1962.
•Writing as a Career (youth book), Walck, 1963.
•The Boots Adams Story, Phillips Petroleum Co., 1965.
•(With Clark W. Blackburn) How to Stay Married: A Modern Approach to Sex, Money, and Emotions in Marriage, Cowles, 1969.
•(With Marcia E. Lasswell) No-Fault Marriage, Doubleday, 1976.
•(With Marcia E. Lasswell) Styles of Loving: Why You Love the Way You Do, Doubleday, 1980.
•(With Hendrie Weisinger) Nobody's Perfect, Doubleday, 1981.
•Men and Women, What we Know About Love, Public Affairs Committee, (New York, NY), 1981.
•(Coauthor with Marcia Lasswell) Equal Time: The New Way of Living, Loving, and Working Together, Doubleday, (Garden City, NY), 1983.
•(Coauthor with Isabelle Fox) Being There: The Benefits of A Stay-at-Home Parent, Barron's , (Hauppauge, NY), 1996.
Juvenile "First Books," published by F. Watts, except as indicated:
•The First Book of West Germany, 1959, revised edition, 1972.
•The First Book of National Monuments, 1959, revised edition, 1968.
•The First Book of National Parks, 1959, revised edition, 1968.
•The First Book of Ghana, 1960, revised edition, Edmund Ward, 1966.
•The First Book of East Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Tanganika, and Zanzibar, 1964.
•The First Book of Peace Corps, 1968.
•The First Book of Denmark, 1970.