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Graham, Katharine Meyerlocked

(16 June 1917–17 July 2001)
  • Randall Frost

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Graham, Katharine Meyer (16 June 1917–17 July 2001), newspaper publisher, was born Katharine Meyer in New York City, the fourth child of Eugene Meyer, a wealthy investor, and Agnes Ernst Meyer, a prominent social critic with artistic interests. By the time Eugene Meyer met his wife, he had already earned a fortune on Wall Street, and in 1917, shortly after Katharine's birth, he began a second career in public service. Relocating from New York City to Washington, D.C., Meyer and his wife left their children in New York in the care of a nanny and governess. It was not until Katharine was four years old that the Meyer children were reunited with their parents in Washington. But even sharing the family home was no guarantee of emotional closeness to their parents; one of Katharine's early memories was of having to make an appointment to see her mother....

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