Obituary: Thomas James Abercrombie, 75

BALTIMORE, MD – Thomas James Abercrombie, 75, a legendary National Geographic magazine photographer and writer, and an NPPA life member who joined in 1952, died Monday afternoon at Johns Hopkins Hospital following heart surgery.

Abercrombie was on the magazine’s staff for 38 years. For the October 1966
issue of the magazine he took the first photographs of Mecca published in
the Western world. He joined National Geographic in 1956 five years after
graduating from Macalister College in St. Paul, MN, with a degree in art and
journalism. Before National Geographic he was a staff photographer for The
Milwaukee Journal, where he was Newspaper Photographer of the Year for his
portfolio in 1954.

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