Jack Scovil, a literary agent for more than 40 years, died February 23. He began his career at the Scott Meredith Agency, where he spent 20 years, rising to senior v-p. In 1992, Scovil joined with two other agents to form the Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency, which today operates under then name of Scovil Galen Ghosh. He was active in the firm's affairs and the representation of his own clients until the onset of a brief illness just days before his death.

Scovil worked with Norman Mailer, Carl Sagan, Arthur C. Clarke, Walter Anderson, Edward Klein, Larry Smith, Margaret Truman, James Brady, and many others.

He was also a founding Advisory Board member of the M.F.A. low-residency writing program at Wilkes University.