Magruder, who was born in New York City on Nov. 5, 1934, held sales and management jobs at several companies, including paper company Crown Zellerbach and Jewel Food Stores. From there he went to Chicago, where he worked for Booz Allen & Hamilton and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. In Los Angeles, he started two cosmetics companies. He also became active in Republican politics, including serving as Southern California coordinator for the 1968 Nixon campaign. Bob Haldeman, Nixon's chief of staff, hired him to join the White House in 1969. Magruder, who moved to suburban Columbus in 2003, served as Nixon's deputy campaign director, an aide to Nixon's chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, and deputy communications director at the White House. He spent seven months in prison for lying about the involvement of Nixon's re-election committee in the 1972 break-in at Washington's Watergate complex, which eventually led to the president's resignation. He received a master's degree in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1981, then worked at a Presbyterian church in California. First Community Church in suburban Columbus, and First Presbyterian Church, a 200-year-old parish in Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Magruder’s marriages to Gail Barnes Nicholas and Patti Newton Filipski ended in divorce. He is survived by his sons Whitney, Justin and Stuart; his daughter, Tracy Sennett; and nine grandchildren.