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Midge Decter, American writer. Recipient National Humanities medal, 2003. Board directors Heritage Foundation, Center for Security Policy, Philadelphia Society; founding member Coalition for Democratic Majority; former director Nicaraguan Freedom Fund.

Background

Decter, Midge was born on July 25, 1927 in St. Paul. Daughter of Harry and Rose (Calmenson) Rosenthal.

Education

Student, University Minnesota, 1945-1946;student, Jewish Theological Seminary American, 1946-1948.

Career

Assistant editor, Midstream magazine, 1956-1958;managing editor, Commentary, 1961-1962;editor, Hudson Institute, 1965-1966;editor, Columbia Broadcasting System Legacy Books, 1966-1968;executive editor, Harper's magazine, 1969-1971;book review editor, Saturday Review/World magazine, 1972-1974;senior editor, Basic Books, Inc., 1974-1980;executive director, Committee for Free World, 1980-1990;Distinguished fellow, Institute on Religion and Public Life, 1991-1995.

Works

Membership

Board directors Heritage Foundation, Center for Security Policy, Philadelphia Society. Founding member Coalition for Democratic Majority. Former director Nicaraguan Freedom Fund.

Connections

Married Norman Podhoretz, October 21, 1956. Children: Rachel, Naomi, Ruth, John.

father:
Harry Rosenthal

mother:
Rose (Calmenson) Rosenthal

spouse:
Norman Podhoretz

children:
Rachel Decter

Naomi Decter

Ruth Decter

John Decter