Carolyn B. Hughes, journalist, dies at 97

January 9

Carolyn B. Hughes, a former Washington Times-Herald and Washington Post reporter, died Nov. 28 at a nursing home in Greenwood, Del. She was 97.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said her daughter, Marcy Sharp.

Mrs. Hughes, a resident of Bethany Beach, Del., wrote for the old Washington Times-Herald society page in the late 1930s before the paper merged with The Post in 1954. She worked occasionally as a local reporter for The Post until the early 1970s and also contributed articles to the paper’s former Potomac magazine.

Carolyn Vance Bell was born in Atlanta and grew up in Washington. Her mother, also Carolyn Vance Bell, was also a Washington journalist and one of six founders of the old Women’s National Press Club. Her father, Samuel W. Bell, was a Washington-based reporter for the old New York Herald Tribune.

Mrs. Hughes was a 1934 graduate of the old Western High School.

Her memberships included the Washington Post E-Streeters, a retirement organization, and the National Press Club.

She moved with her husband to Bethany Beach in 1997. In Delaware, the pair helped run a guest house called Journey’s End.

Her husband of 63 years, Marcellus Hughes, died in 2002, and their son, Christian Hughes, died in 1999. Survivors include a daughter, Marcy Sharp of Bethany Beach; a sister, Rosemary Soler of Silver Spring; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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