|Roger D. Hodge
He also led the relaunch of the magazine‚Äôs Web site in 2000 and its redesign in 2003. In December of that year, he began writing a monthly print column, ‚ÄúFindings,‚ÄĚ about unusual medical, scientific and environmental news. He was named deputy editor in November 2004.
Mr. Lapham, 70, said two weeks ago that he would retire this spring to become editor emeritus after nearly 30 years in his post, opening up a world of speculation about the path Harper‚Äôs would take without his guiding hand. The magazine has been a staple of the intelligentsia for much of its 155-year history.
John R. MacArthur, president-publisher of Harper‚Äôs, rescued the magazine from near-death in the early 1980s with an influx of money from his family foundation and a demand that Mr. Lapham, who had been forced out, return at the helm. Mr. Lapham, who created the much-imitated ‚ÄúHarper‚Äôs Index,‚ÄĚ will continue to pen his column, an anchor of the monthly‚Äôs upfront section.