Doris Grubbs, Washington Post employee

January 22, 2013

Doris Grubbs, 94, who helped manage employee benefits and insurance at The Washington Post for many years before retiring in 1995, died Jan. 18 at the Genesis care facility in Annapolis. She had congestive heart failure.

Her friend Mary Ann Treger, a former promotions director at The Post, confirmed the death.

Mrs. Grubbs spent much of her early career as an insurance manager with the Chas H. Tompkins construction company in Washington.

She joined The Post in 1967 as a general clerk handling insurance claims in the accounting department. She was promoted to insurance supervisor in 1973 and 11 years later became manager of claims administration in the benefits division.

Doris McCreary was born in Tarpon Springs, Fla., and settled in the Washington area by the early 1940s.

She was an Annapolis resident and a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Historic Annapolis Foundation. She did volunteer work at the Anne Arundel Medical Center’s thrift shop.

Throughout her career and in retirement, she traveled off the traditional tourist path to countries such as Yemen, Iraq, Iran and Uzbekistan.

“She was not your typical tourist,” Treger said. “Petra [the Jordanian archaeological site] is too simple for her, but she had been there several times. She went to Namibia before it was made famous by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.”

Her marriage to Harvey H. “Buzz” Grubbs ended in divorce. She had no children and no immediate survivors.

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