Doris K. Deakin, 82, a freelance writer who contributed stories to The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Baltimore Sun, died April 21 at a nursing home in Warren, R.I. She had complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Deakin was a features reporter at the Washington Star in the 1950s and '60s. Later, as a freelancer, she wrote articles that included a profile of an Air Force string ensemble and interviews with experts on marital advice.
Doris Marie Kanter, a native of Norfolk, Va., was a 1949 graduate of Barnard College in New York. After studying on a Fulbright scholarship in Belgium, Mrs. Deakin moved to Washington, where she lived for more than 40 years.
Her husband of 51 years, James Deakin, a White House correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, died in 2007.
Survivors include a son, David Deakin of Arlington, Mass.; a brother, Richard Kanter of Ellicott City; and two grandsons.
"was a reporter for a short time while I was there at the Star, did feature stories
in the 50's and 60's. I took her (photographers had the cars)
on some interesting stories - and made some interesting photos,
naturally...!" Arnold G. Taylor