John Foley, a former deputy managing editor at the Los Angeles Times, died Sept. 5, 2018, at a senior-living home in Azusa, The Times reports. He was 94.

In 1968, Foley devised the Column One feature, which provided a front-page space to showcase long-form, literary journalistic pieces. He also helped to create the L.A. Times Poll, which gauged public opinion on political issues.

“He was classy,” said Narda Zacchino, another former Times editor. “He was a fine, fine journalist in his own right, and as a human being he was also exceptional … and a wonderful mentor.”