Marin Independent Journal
Sunday, October 17, 1999
Section C, page 2
Richard Neely, an author of 15 novels, died on October 4, 1999 at Marin General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 83.
Born in Manhattan, Mr. Neely was a long-time resident of Marin County and most recently lived in Kentfield.
Following World War II, he spent a little over a year in the Japanese occupation in Tokyo, connected with the Supreme Command Allied Powers. He was editor of Maptalk, the troop information journal for the U.S. Armed Forces and received a citation for excellence.
He began his writing career as a newspaperman in New York City. He later switched to advertising, where he was a creative director.
He later decided to become a novelist, writing 15 novels. A motion picture directed by France's Claude Chabrol was based on his novel, "The Damned Innocents." Recently, the movie "Shattered," based on Mr. Neely's "The Plastic Nightmare" was filmed by Wolfgang Peterson, director of "Das Boot."
Mr. Neely is survived by his wife, Vera; sons Richard Neely Jr., Steven Neely and Scott Neely; daughter Jill Neely; brother J. Willian Neely; and six grandchildren.
Private family services were held.