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Alan Stiles, 54, former publisher of Esquire magazine

Associated Press / January 16, 2009
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Alan Stiles, the former publisher of Esquire magazine, died after being struck by a commuter train last Friday.

Mr. Stiles, 54, parked his Hyundai along the Massachusetts Turnpike and apparently walked into the path of the train after it left South Station.

The train carried 240 passengers; none was injured, said Joe Pesaturo, MBTA spokesman.

Mr. Stiles, of Nashua, N.H., had a long career in magazines. He helped relaunch Men's Fitness, where he worked as publisher from 2003-04. He also helped launch ESPN The Magazine and served as publisher at Esquire and a top executive at Vanity Fair and GQ.

"He was just a very astute businessman and good at what he did," said Marlene Kahan, the executive director of the American Society of Magazine Editors. He "touched a lot of lives businesswise and otherwise."

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