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Subject: Re: [Leica] Fame is oh so fleeting....
From: S Dimitrov <>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 09:42:55 -0800
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Truly a tragedy! I guess the truism is true after all, one can't have
their professional life in order if their personal life is in disorder.
Slobodan Dimitrov

bdcolen wrote:
> 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
> years.
> ``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
> recluse.
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