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Death of Nan Robertson

Patricia Sullivan

Nan Robertson, 83, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote about her nearly fatal struggle with toxic shock syndrome, then wrote a book about gender discrimination that's become a standard text in journalism, died last night of heart disease at Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville. She lived in Bethesda.
She survived toxic shock syndrome, alcoholism, sex discrimination and three husbands. Eight months ago, the Washington Press Foundation gave her a lifetime achievement award for her ground-breaking book "The Girls in the Balcony: Men, Women and the New York Times." A wonderful video from that ceremony can be found at this link; the portion about her starts at about 15 minutes and runs five minutes.

The photo above is one of Nan's favorites; it's shot by Helen Marcus of New York.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 14, 2009; 4:28 PM ET
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