Michael C. Janeway, 73, the former top editor of the Boston Globe and executive editor of the Atlantic magazine, who later held academic posts and wrote books on history and public policy, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Lakeville, Conn.

Mr. Janeway built a reputation as a skilled editor in the 1960s and '70s at the Atlantic, the venerable magazine then based in Boston.

After a stint as an assistant to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in 1977 and 1978, he moved to the Globe, where he edited the Sunday magazine and held other editing jobs before becoming the paper's top editor in 1985, a position he held for less than 14 months.

After working at Harvard's Institute of Politics and at the Houghton Mifflin publishing company, Mr. Janeway was named dean of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1989. He retired in 2011. - Washington Post