Joseph Roy Martin Jr, November 19, 2009 - Pulitzer Nominee and Metro Editor

Joseph Roy Martin Jr., of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2009, at the Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem, Va. Roy was born on April 28, 1939, and grew up in Greenville, N.C., graduating from Greenville High School and East Carolina University with a Masters in English.

Alan Bruns, Reporter and Editor, on Oct. 21, 2009

Alan Martin Bruns, 82, a retired reporter and editor died Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at his home in Falls Run, Fredericksburg. He had been in hospice care since mid-September. His death was attributed to congestive heart failure.

Eugene Borden - September 4, 2009; editor and writer for the Washington Star for 19 years

Beloved husband of Renee Borden; loving uncle of Belle Ulander and Charles Borden. He was an editor and writer for the Washington Star for 19 years.

Mary Lou "Ludy" Forbes; June27, 2009

Mary Lou Werner started at the Washington Evening Star in 1944 as a seventeen-year-old copy girl. In 1959, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Virginia school crisis touched off by the state's determination to oppose school integration. "Integration anywhere means destruction everywhere, " Governor J. Linsay Almond, Jr. said in January 1958 in an inaugural speech reported by Werner in the Star.

Charles Barbour June 25,2009

Charles William “Charlie” Barbour of Reston, a longtime editor and executive in the sports departments of two defunct Washington newspapers, died at Loudoun (Va.) Hospital Center on June 25 after a short illness. He was 89.

Deidre M. Pierce, June 19, 2009, One Of Washingtonian Magazine "77 People to Watch in 1977"

Deirdre M. Pierce of Key West, Washington, D.C. and Normandy, France died of cardiac arrest June 19, 2009 at Lower Keys Medical Center. She was stricken suddenly at her residence, surrounded by her favorite books and tchotchkes and talking to a lifelong friend. She was 63.

For 21 years (1976-1997) she was restaurant reviewer and food columnist for major Washington, D.C. publications, including the Washington Star, Washington Museum & Arts and Washington Woman. Iron-Chef winner Roberto Donna named her editor of "Il Cuoco," house organ for his nationally known hot spot, Galileo Restaurant.

As creative consultant to upscale D.C. Chanterelle Caterers, she was both hands-on chef and menu designer. A charter member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Pierce was rather proud of two accomplishments: Picking up Julia Child in a bar in Mougins, France, and a weekend stint as guest chef at Michelin-named Priory Country House Hotel, East Sussex, England.

Accolades include: Washingtonian Magazine "77 People to Watch in 1977," the same year as her great friend Jean Carper, now of K.W.; Panorama TV's Five Most Eligible Bachelorettes (so very 1972) with interviewer Maury Povich; Baltimore's TV News at Noon for a 1979 author's tour with interviewer Oprah Winfrey.

Known in Key West for her popular weekly column, "The Night Stuff," in CELEBRATE! Newspaper (circa 1996), Pierce is also co-author of "The Food Lover's Book of Lists or the List Lover's Book of Foods" and "Literary Sands of Key West," a traveler's guide.

Two completed novels, "Dead Like a Phoenix," set in England, and "Kind of a Drag" about Key West await publication.

The 1968 graduate of Connecticut College for Women (New London, Ct) was married to Aaron Woloshin for 32 years until his death in 2005. Aaron, partner in an international environmental consulting firm, was known in Key West in his own right as a Eurocentric Bronx boy with sartorial flair.

Sometimes accused of having a showgirl complex, Woloshin was the rare man so comfortable in his own skin that he simply kvelled over his leggy wife who had a killer smile and a king-size passion for making all the world in love with night. He was her "true north;" she was his rock & roll.

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Paul Haney, voice of NASA, May 28, 2009

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. -- Paul Haney, who was known as the "voice of NASA's Mission Control" for his live televised reports during the early years of the space program, has died of cancer. He was 80.

Dewitt "Dick" Slay, Multi-talented sportswriter, April 30 2009

DEWITT "Dick" SLAY (Age 80) Of Haig Point, SC, died peacefully, Thursday, April 30, 2009, at his home on Daufuskie Island, SC, after a long battle with small cell lung cancer. Dick graduated from the University of Maryland in 1950 and then worked for almost 29 years at the Washington Star in Washington DC.

Thomas W. Love - 75, on Tuesday April 28, 2009

Thomas Love, 75, a retired reporter and editor with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the old Washington Star, died April 28 at his home in McLean of cancer. Mr. Love came to the Washington area in 1964 to work for a chain of weekly newspapers in Northern Virginia. He later became a columnist and city editor for the Northern Virginia Sun.

Jim Bellows dies at 86; legendary editor of L.A. Herald Examiner

Bellows built a career resuscitating underdog newspapers in New York, Washington and Los Angeles. Along the way, he helped turn Tom Wolfe and Jimmy Breslin into stars.
By Elaine Woo, March 6, 2009

Nick Blatchford - Journalist Excelled at Human-Interest Tales at 89 - February 1, 2009

I was so sad to see the notice for Nick Blatchford in today's Washington Post. Here it is:
BLATCHFORD NICK BLATCHFORD May 6,1919 - February 1, 2009 On February 1, 2009, Nick Blatchford of Fairfax, Virginia. He was a noted journalist with the Washington Daily News and Washington Star papers, a lover of people of all walks of life, a hiker of North Woods trails, a fisherman, a husband/father/grandfather/great grandfather, a storyteller.