By Steve Marble
LOS ANGELES (LA Times) — Tenny Tatusian, a deputy editor who helped expand the Los Angeles Times’ digital footprint and underscored her zest for living by working, cooking, traveling and laughing her way through an aggressive form of melanoma, has died at age 47.
Tatusian died Monday, July 10, at Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica as family members and newsroom colleagues gathered at the hospital.
A no-nonsense journalist who could immediately get across her sentiments with a knowing glance or a few carefully picked words, Tatusian seemed to stuff a full life into her final years, traveling to Japan, taking professional-grade baking classes, eating her way through much of Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants and pushing aside her advancing illness to come to work.
Megan Garvey, a Times deputy managing editor, said Tatusian was resolute that she would not be slowed — or at least stopped — by the obstacles that cancer had shoved into her path.
“I’m not letting this disease take one more thing from me,” she said Tatusian vowed.