Harriet Eleanor Griffiths, 71, a retired reporter and editor who had worked for the Washington Star newspaper from the early 1940s until the paper closed its doors for the last time in 1981, died Oct. 17 at Alexandria Hospital. She had undergone surgery for a brain tumor earlier in the week.
She joined what then was the Washington Evening Star during World War II when the paper, like most others across the country, was losing much of its newsroom staff to war work and military service. Women, who had been restricted to work in newspaper libraries and women's sections, suddenly seemed to be covering the world.
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