Thomas Morgan 3d, 56, the first openly gay president of the National Association of Black Journalists and a longtime newsman at the New York Times, died Monday, possibly of a heart attack, while visiting the family of his partner, Thomas Ciano, in Massachusetts, Ciano said.

Mr. Morgan was NABJ's president from 1989 to 1991. Even though he won the election handily, it was somewhat heated, according to a 2004 profile of Mr. Morgan on the NABJ's Web site.

"It was painful," he recalled. "I struggled with how to represent NABJ without embarrassing the organization but while also being true to myself. I was elected as a black journalist, not a gay one."

He retired from the newspaper in 1994, "largely to concentrate on his personal fight against AIDS," according to the profile.

- AP