Remembering Mary

Washington Post Columnist Mary McGrory Honored on the Hill Shortly Before Her Death

Posted April 23, 2004 at 4:10pm

Mary McGrory, the legendary political columnist for The Washington Post, died last week at George Washington University Hospital. She was 85.

McGrory, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Watergate hearings when she wrote for the now-defunct Washington Star (along the way earning a spot on President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list”), had retired from journalism last year because of illness. But she managed to make it to Capitol Hill one more time in early March for a reception held in her honor. Here she is shown speaking with Massachusetts Rep. Marty Meehan (D) during the reception.

“Mary was simply one of the best opinion columnists of her time,” Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. said of McGrory in the Post’s obituary.