Los Angeles Times
Lyn Nofziger, the irascible and outspoken aide who served Ronald Reagan most prominently as communications director during his two terms as California governor, died Monday. He was 81.
Mr. Nofziger died at his home in Falls Church, Va., family members said. For the past year, he had been battling kidney cancer that spread throughout his body. Until his health took a turn for the worse late last year, Mr. Nofziger was working as a political consultant and contributing to his blog Lynnofziger.com.
Mr. Nofziger, who graduated from San Jose State University's journalism program in 1950, left his post as Washington correspondent for Copley News Service to join the Reagan campaign for governor during the summer of 1965 -- and advised him through the rest of his political career.
``He understood the press and how to weed out the important things with the press,'' said Stu Spencer, a former campaign manager of Reagan's. ``He was a very important cog in the original Reagan effort.''