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Subject: [Leica] Fame is oh so fleeting....
From: "bdcolen" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 12:20:17 -0500

Obituaries in the News


Filed at 7:50 a.m. ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Marion Carpenter, one of the first female White
House photographers who traveled with President Harry Truman and covered
him daily, has died. Though Carpenter broke ground in her profession,
she died alone and destitute at age 82.

Her body was found late last month on her couch, bundled up tightly
against the chill because the thermostat had been lowered to save money.

The body, found Oct. 29, is still with the medical examiner while
friends -- 
most of whom met Carpenter at garage sales or thrift shops -- try to
track down her only child, a son whom she had not seen in more than 30

``She sounds like the type of woman upon whose shoulders we all stand,''
said Susy Shultz, president of the Journalism and Women Symposium.
``It's sad that we don't know about a Marion Carpenter. The women who
came along in the '30s, '40s and '50s had it the hardest. They were the
women breaking paths.''

In the 1940s, Carpenter was one of the first women in the White House
News Photographers' Association. She was the only woman among a handful
of photographers who traveled with Truman.

In her belongings when she died were photos she took of Truman, which
the president inscribed to ``Miss Carpenter.''

One of those photos, which showed Truman striding uphill toward the
Washington Monument, bears the message: ``It's good exercise if you keep
it up, but not for high-heeled shoes, Miss Carpenter.''

According to what she told her friends late in life, a love affair with
a married man may have helped end her career prematurely.

Carpenter's marriage to a Navy officer who abused her ended in divorce.
In Washington, she fell in love with a Capitol journalist. When the
affair ended, Carpenter married again. Her new husband, a radio
announcer, took her to Denver, where she had a son. By late 1951, the
marriage -- and her career -- were over. She was 31.

Back in St. Paul, Carpenter ran a wedding photo business and worked as a
nurse to support her mother and child.

Her son, Mjohn Anderson, ran afoul of juvenile authorities and left home
at 19. According to friends, Carpenter never saw him again. He would be
52 now.

``She was sensitive, and kind, with an overflowing heart,'' said a
friend, Beverly Allstopp. ``But that heart covered up a lot of
bitterness ... She had a heartache, and I think it caused her to be a

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