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Loren died February 21, 2002, and was buried in Thompson Falls, Montana. During WWII he was a member of OSS operational groups involved in parachuting behind enemy lines in France and China. It was this experience in China that led to his life-long involvement with the Chinese people and that country. Loren jumped at Missoula during the 1946 and '47 seasons, after which he went on to Harvard University to complete two degrees with an emphasis in Chinese. Loren was a key journalist for Time magazine during the 60s and was the author of many books on China, including the Time-Life publication "China." He continued to live and work in China until health problems necessitated his return to the U.S. in 2000.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Fessler, Loren W. (Missoula 1946)" (2009). Smokejumper Obituaries. 994.