Andrew Mollison, longtime D.C. journalist and ‘age in place’ advocate for elderly, dies at 75

Correction: An earlier version of this obituary inaccurately described the Washington Press Club as “an organization of female journalists.” In 1971, the Women’s National Press Club was renamed the Washington Press Club and began admitting men as members. The club merged with the National Press Club in 1985.

May 29

Andrew Mollison, a Washington correspondent for Cox Newspapers who served as president of the National Press Club and, in retirement, became a leader in a movement to help elderly people stay in their homes, died May 21 at a hospital in Washington. He was 75.

He had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said his wife, Char Mollison.

After working for the Detroit Free Press and Newsday on Long Island, Mr. Mollison came to Washington in 1974 as a correspondent for the Dayton Daily News, a Cox paper in Ohio. Two years later, he became a national correspondent for the Cox bureau in Washington.

He covered Congress and the White House, as well as federal agencies, women’s rights, the peace movement, economic trends and other issues. After retiring in 2005, he spent two years as a freelance writer.

Mr. Mollison was president of the National Press Club in 1987 and also served as chairman of its board. He was instrumental in obtaining permanent financing for the club’s refurbished building and helped engineer a merger with the old Washington Press Club.

He was a member of the Washington Press Club Foundation board and raised funds for a project to record the oral histories of nearly 60 women in journalism.

Since 2007, Mr. Mollison had been active in the “village” movement, a nationwide effort to organize volunteers to help elderly people stay in their homes and “age in place.”

He served for five years as president of Palisades Village in his D.C. neighborhood. He also helped launch Washington Area Villages Enterprise, an association of about 40 aging-in-place villages, and was the group’s vice president at the time of his death.

Andrew Ramsay Mollison was born May 2, 1939, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. He attended Catholic University from 1957 to 1961 and served as student body president before beginning his journalism career with the old Suburban Record, a weekly newspaper in Silver Spring, Md.

While serving in the Army from 1962 to 1965, Mr. Mollison established a newspaper for his unit in Germany.

He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University in 1967.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Char Jolles Mollison of Washington; two brothers; and a sister.

Matt Schudel has been an obituary writer at The Washington Post since 2004.