Paul Whitefield, a former editor who helped to produce many important stories and sections at the Los Angeles Times, died Aug. 14, 2019, after a five-year battle with esophageal cancer, The Times reported. He was 66.

“He was truly unflappable in dealing with breaking news on tough deadlines,” said former colleague Jon Thurber. “That notion may seem quaint in the pre-digital era, but it’s really true. He was a very good editor, very smart about news and, of course, didn’t take himself too seriously.”