PAWLING, N.Y. -- Margaret Whittle Whitcomb, 85, of Pawling, died Oct. 1.
Born Dec. 14, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Ruth Glenny Whittle and Harold Whittle, the family relocated to Beverly Hills, Calif., where she found her inspiration to start her long career as a journalist, advice columnist and radio and television personality.
Her writing career began as the society and general news reporter at Beverly Hills High School. After California, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and lived in Paris and Rome before landing in New York. There she worked for Life magazine and the United Nations as an international affairs correspondent. She also was a press briefing officer for President Richard M. Nixon, and when the family moved to London, she remained active in U.S. politics as the vice chairman of the European Republican Committee.
She is survived by a mix of her children, step children and grandchildren, Michael, Lindsay (husband Bob and her children Nathan and Heather), Bruce (wife Brenda and his son Max), Glenny (husband Jerry and children Julian, Miles and Maya), Mary (husband John and daughter Emily) and Arthur Jr. (wife Gail).
She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Whitcomb; and two brothers, Harold “Hal” Whittle Jr. and Alex Whittle.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct 29 at Christ Church, 17 Church Road, Pawling.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pawling Resource Center, 126 E. Main St., Pawling, NY 12564 or to SaveOneLife.net are welcome.