Paul Avila Mayer died on July 10 from a brain tumor. He co-created the magnificent RYAN'S HOPE with Claire Labine in 1975 and served as co-head writer and executive producer of the series for several years.
Prior to creating RYAN'S HOPE, he was the co-head writer on WHERE THE HEART IS as well as LOVE OF LIFE, both with Labine. He also served as head writer on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW in the mid-1980s.
Mayer was nominated for ten Daytime Emmy Awards during his career and won eight times (including two - as a producer and writer - in both 1977 and 1979).
Services will be held on July 30.
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