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Philip Kunhardt Jr., writer, producer; 78

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Philip B. Kunhardt Jr., a writer and producer of television documentaries on freedom and the American presidency, died March 21 of complications from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 78.

With two of his sons, Peter and Philip B. III, Mr. Kunhardt helped produce documentaries for Kunhardt Productions, a family company based in Chappaqua.

Mr. Kunhardt worked as an assistant managing editor and managing editor of Life magazine, retiring in 1982. He also wrote several books, including memoirs about his parents and ''A New Birth of Freedom," about the Gettysburg Address.

His mother, Dorothy M., was a historian and children's book author best known for ''Pat the Bunny" in 1940.

Mr. Kunhardt leaves his wife, Katherine; three sons; three daughters; and 18 grandchildren.

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