College Consultant Loren Pope; Commissioned a Wright House; September 23, 2008

Loren Pope, 98, an education consultant whose best-selling books advised college-bound students to look beyond the Ivy League and who as a $50-a-week journalist persuaded internationally regarded architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for him, has died.
Mr. Pope, the original owner of Wright's 1941 Pope-Leighey house in Fairfax County, died Sept. 23 at the Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads retirement community in Falls Church. He had congestive heart failure.

A man of self-professed "egalitarian instincts," Mr. Pope was a copy editor at the old Washington Evening Star in 1938 when he was transfixed by a Time magazine cover story about Wright.

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