J. EVAN JENKINS II, a retired editor at the New York Times who was an authority on linguistic dilemmas, died Nov. 30, 2007. He was 72. A member of Eclectic, he received his degree with honors and with distinction in English. He was the grandson of John Evan Jenkins of the class of 1891 and of Katherine Jenkins Mitchell of the class of 1888, the nephew of Mitchell Jenkins of the class of 1918, the son of Hugh C. Jenkins of the class of 1920, and the brother of the late Hugh C. Jenkins Jr. ’50. After working at other newspapers, he joined theTimes in 1966 as a copy editor, retiring in 1991 as deputy news editor. He then became senior editor at the Racing Times and from 1997 to 2003 was editor-in-residence at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. At the time of his death he was the consulting editor for the Columbia Journalism Review, where he wrote a column that became the basis for his book, That or Which, and Why: A Usage Guide for Thoughtful Writers and Editors, which was published this year. Survivors include his wife, Diane Gauthey Jenkins; four children, including Anne Jenkins ’83; and six grandchildren.