RIP Mary Lou Forbes

Jillian Bandes
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Posted: Jun 29, 2009 6:51 PM
Forbes was the editor of the commentary section of the Washington Times. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1959 and paved the way for women in the newsroom, especially in the opinion section. From the Times:

Mrs. Forbes' career spanned more than six decades as a reporter, news chief and opinion editor, guiding hundreds of journalists from future Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein to nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, whose column debuted in The Times 25 years ago under her tutelage.

...Mrs. Forbes died late Saturday at Inova Hospital in Alexandria, less than two weeks after collapsing and being diagnosed with cancer. She worked at The Times right up until she was stricken with the fatal cancer, in recent months helping to reshape the newspaper's famed Commentary section during a recent update of the publication's opinion pages.