Barbara Taylor, longtime friend of bluegrass music in the Washington, DC area and mother of Leigh Taylor formerly of Patent Pending, died of cancer in her home in Arlington, Virginia. Barbara was an assistant managing editor at the Washington Times and has been a Washington journalist since 1967.
She was 65. Barbara loved the music and was a longtime supporter of the Washington, DC radio station WAMU's bluegrass programming and was often seen at the popular venue the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. Her presence will be missed and our condolences go out to her family.
"Barbara was a great gal, helped a bewildered small town reporter survive on copydesk of a wonderful afternoon newspaper whose employes were a great big sensitive family, most of them riding with it to the very end.
Thanks also to Ludie Forbes and to Al Ryan, whom Ludie persuaded to take a chance on this unexpectedly unemployed middle-age refugee whose longtime job ended after an ownership change."
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