Archives of Maryland
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Ben Bradlee (1921-2014)
MSA SC 3520-14285


Born Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, August 26, 1921, in Boston, Massachusetts. Son of Frederick Josiah and Josephine (deGersdorff) Bradlee. Attended Harvard University, A.B., 1943. Married Jean Saltonstall, August 8, 1942 (divorced 1953); 1 son, Benjamin C. Bradlee, Jr. Married Antoinette Pinchot, July 6, 1956 (divorced November 10, 1975); 2 children: Dominic and Marina. Married Sally Quinn; 1 son, Quinn Bradlee.  Died October 21, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve, 1942-1945, with service in the Pacific theater during World War II. Reporter, New Hampshire Sunday News, Manchester, New Hampshire, 1946-1948; Washington Post, Washington, D.C., 1948-1951. Press attache, U.S. Foreign Service, Paris, France, 1951-1953. European bureau chief, Newsweek, Paris, France, 1953-1957. Washington bureau chief, Newsweek, 1957-1965. Managing editor, Washington Post, 1965-1968. Executive editor, Washington Post, 1968-1991. Vice President At Large, Washington Post, 1991-. Member, Task Force on Affiliation between Historic St. Mary's City Commission and St. Mary's College of Maryland; Board of Trustees, St. Mary's College of Maryland. Former chair, Historic St. Mary's City Commission. First Citizen Award, 2004.

Published works by Ben Bradlee include: That Special Grace (eulogy of John F. Kennedy), 1964; Conversations with Kennedy, 1975; The Theodore H. White Lecture, 1991; and A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures, 1995.

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