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HFPA Member Howard Lucraft Dies at 94

The composer and journalist worked as the music editor for Daily Variety and worked in TV and radio

Hollywood Foreign Press Association member Howard Lucraft died Friday at the age of 94, the association announced. 

Lucraft was a composer and journalist, who first established himself as an orchestra leader for the British Broadcasting Corporation. 

He later immigrated to the United States to compose and arrange records, television and radio. 

Lucraft’s radio programs have been broadcast over KABC, KBCA, KCBH, KKGO, KLON and KNOB.

In print, Lucraft worked as the music editor for Daily Variety. He wrote for several other publications including the London Daily Herald, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Los Angeles Times, United Artists Records, Warner Bros. Records and World Pacific Records.

He was served as president of the Hollywood Press Club three times.

Lucraft was educated in England at Tollington Park College, which was affiliated with London University and awarded him with an Honors Certificate. He furthered his education at the University of California Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Masako Ogata.