BOSTON - A longtime reporter and editor for the

Boston Globe

who earned a place on the White House enemies list during Richard Nixon's administration has died. Robert L. Healy was 84.

The Globe says Healy died Saturday of a stroke at his home in Jupiter, Fla. He had served at the paper as executive editor, Washington bureau chief, political editor and columnist.

Healy played touch football with Robert F. Kennedy and tennis with President Jimmy Carter's chief of staff.

He served as executive editor of the Globe from 1969 to 1979. He wrote his last regular op-ed column in 1988 but continued to contribute to the paper.

Healy served as an adviser on the Northern Ireland peace talks in 1997 and 1998. He was working on a book about the peace process before he died.