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Albert Stoffel, 92; Wrote Children's Books, Bugs Bunny Comic Strip

May 13, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Albert Law Stoffel, 92, whose writing included Golden Books for children and the Bugs Bunny comic strip, died May 6 in Santa Monica of unspecified causes.

Born in Racine, Wis., Stoffel studied journalism at the University of Kentucky and worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer. He spent a year in Italy writing publicity for Rome's Excelsior Hotel.

Stoffel served in the Navy during World War II and then spent the next 30 years as editor and manager of Western Publishing Co. based in Los Angeles.

It was there he wrote the children's books and the cartoon strip about the lovable rabbit. At one time the strip was syndicated to some 700 newspapers by Newspaper Enterprise Assn.

A versatile writer, Stoffel also wrote such practical books as "How to Care for Your Dog."

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