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Ex-W.Va. Gov Files To End Marriage

August 28, 1998

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Former Gov. Gaston Caperton filed Friday to end a marriage to symphony conductor Rachael Worby that had been the subject of local scorn and national attention following their governor’s mansion wedding eight years ago.

The couple reached an amiable divorce and signed a property settlement, Caperton said in an interview from New York where he runs Columbia University’s Institution of Education and Government.

``Although we will no longer be married, we will always be family,″ Caperton said.

Worby, music director of the Wheeling Symphony, was unavailable for comment. Divorce papers filed in Kanawha County were sealed.

Caperton, 58, and Worby, 49, were married in May 1990, less than a year after Caperton ended his 23-year marriage to Dee Caperton and Worby divorced California screenwriter and producer David Obst.

Early in their marriage, the media criticized Worby’s public displays of affection, her clothes, her harsh treatment of some state employees, and her declaration that she only read The New York Times and not state newspapers.

The marriage between the wealthy, handsome politician and the up-and-coming symphony conductor also was the subject of profiles in The New York Times and Time, People and Newsweek magazines _ and the New Yorker’s Talk of the Town gossip column. Worby led Carnegie Hall’s Young People’s Concert Series at the time.

In July 1995, Washington Post reporter Elsa Walsh’s profile of Worby in her book, ``Divided Lives,″ set off a new storm of criticism. Worby revealed her loneliness, her hatred of West Virginia, and details of some of the first couple’s most private moments.

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