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Former Newspaper Society Columnist Martha Granger Krock Dies

February 19, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Martha Granger Krock, a former newspaper society columnist and a noted hostess, died Thursday of pneumonia at Georgetown University Hospital. She was 87.

The widow of former New York Times bureau chief Arthur Krock wrote a society column for the Hearst newspapers in Chicago in the early 1930s. After moving to Washington in 1933 and before marrying Krock in 1939, she wrote a column called ″These Charming People″ for Hearst’s Washington Times-Herald newspaper.

The native of Lake Forest, Ill. grew up in Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington.

During World War II, she headed the American Women’s Volunteer Services, was a volunteer with the American Red Cross and was decorated by Belgium for her war relief work.

Her marriage to William Mitchell Blair of Chicago ended in divorce. Krock died in 1974.

Mrs. Krock’s survivors include a son by her first marriage, William Granger Blair of New York, a reporter for the New York Times; a sister, Barbara Shepard of Menasha, Wis., and Carefree, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.

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