Dean Brelis, 82, a journalist who worked as a foreign correspondent for NBC, CBS and Time magazine and wrote novels and nonfiction books, died Friday of complications from throat cancer at his daughter's home in Santa Monica.
Born Constantinos Christos Brelis on April 1, 1924, to Greek immigrants in Newport, R.I., he enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was soon assigned to work in military intelligence for the Office of Strategic Services. While stationed in Burma, he received a Bronze Star.
After World War II he attended Harvard, earning a bachelor's degree in 1949, and began his journalism career writing for the Boston Globe.
He worked as a correspondent for Time-Life from 1949 to 1954, then in 1958 published his first novel, "The Mission," which was loosely based on his experiences in Burma. Two more novels followed: "Shalom" (1959) and "My New-Found Land" (1963).