Death of Katharine Graham

June 16, 1917 - July 17, 2001
Sun Valley, Idaho | Age 84

Guiding force in journalism dies
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The idea of taking charge of The Washington Post was suggested to Katharine Graham by a longtime friend as they strolled through a park. "Impossible!" exclaimed Mrs. Graham, still numb from her husband's recent suicide. "I couldn't possibly do it."

Yet the idea stuck. And then blossomed.

Transformed by tragedy, Mrs. Graham evolved from a self-described timid housewife into a guiding force in American journalism. With a steady hand, she led the Post through the turbulent days...

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