Jane Day, newspaper writer, editor dies

May 14, 2006 at 4:33 PM

CAMDEN, Maine, May 14 (UPI) -- Jane Day, a journalist who worked for the National Observer newspaper and United Press wire service, has died of cancer in Camden, Maine, at 82.

A prolific writer and editor who worked in and around Washington for a variety of publications -- including the Southern Maryland Times and the Sentinel in Rockville -- Day died on April 17.

She was a member of the White House Correspondents Association from 1968 to 1970.

While in Washington, Day primarily covered news, but later in life turned to feature writing -- focusing on everyday life, nature, liberal political issues and those without a voice, The Washington Post reported.

She earned an associate's degree from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland.

Day interviewed Rachel Carson about her environmental classic "Silent Spring" in 1962 for the Sentinel, and was offered a job by the National Observer where she worked until it closed. Day then moved to Maine.

At age 69, she drove cross-country to Alaska by herself, returning to her home in Maine with a vast collection of photographic slides.

Her marriage to Irving Abb ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Mark W. "T-Bone" Abb of Camden; and a sister.

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