Larry Ashmead, 78, Successful Book Editor, Dies - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com: "A 9-year-old boy once visited his local library in Rochester to hear a mystery writer read from her book. But what particularly thrilled him was to learn that the author had a day job as an editor sitting in a Manhattan skyscraper reading manuscripts.
The boy who told that story, Larry Ashmead, made the most of the encounter. He grew up to be one of America’s most successful book editors, handling a stable of best-selling writers while working for some of the biggest houses in publishing, like Doubleday, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. His authors included Susan Isaacs, Tony Hillerman, Isaac Asimov and Quentin Crisp."