Former Warrior Editor Henry Fortunato Dies at 62

Juliet Watstein, Associate Editor

Henry James Fortunato passed away of lung cancer at age 62, February 5, in Overland Park Kansas. He was the editor of “The Warrior” in 1973-1974.

Henry’s childhood friend, Seth Bornstein, who worked on “The Warrior” with him, said, “I thought back to my first visit to Henry’s home after school in the 4th grade. His room was lined with books. He was smart and humorous then – and always remained so. I was privileged to have him as a lifelong friend. I will miss him very much.”

They both were apart of the Forest Lake Forum newspaper. In sixth grade, Henry became editor as Seth became his journalist assistant. They were a dynamic duo during their Wantagh years. Henry won many national awards in school press association events. He won a notable award at Columbia University where “The Warrior” was voted best paper over Deerfield Academy, which, according to Bornstein, was edited by “Chip” Cronkite – son of the famous CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite. Walter gave the keynote at the luncheon that year – no doubt pissed off as his son lost out to us,” Bornstein said.

Henry graduated from Georgetown University and became editor of Regardie’s Magazine. Henry moved to Kansas City where he became a leader in the intellectual life there. He referred to himself as “accidental Kansan.” He had a notable career as director of public affairs for the Kansas City Public Library.
He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Eileen O’Hara, and their three children.

He was a well respected man and loved by many. His journey as a journalist never stopped and he influenced the lives of many on his road to success.