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(July 17, 2001) -- Katharine Graham, former chairman-CEO of The Washington Post Co. and former publisher of its flagship daily, died today at 84 in Boise, Idaho, from head injuries she sustained in a fall July 14. She was 84.

Ms. Graham, whose parents purchased the then-bankrupt Washington Post in 1933, took over as president of the company following the suicide of her husband, Philip, in 1963.

As president, Ms. Graham brought in many of the top editors who defined the Post through the tumult of Watergate, most notably by hiring Newsweek's Washington Bureau Chief Ben Bradlee as deputy managing editor in 1965.

Ms. Graham took on the title of publisher in 1969 and turned the Post over to her son and current company chairman-CEO, Donald Graham, in 1979. In 1973, Ms. Graham became chairman-CEO. She retained the post of CEO until 1991 and chairman until 1993.

In 1998, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her memoir Personal History. -- Jon Fine

Copyright July 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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