Larry Fox, Washington Post reporter

January 1, 2013

Larry Fox, 67, who spent nearly 35 years with The Washington Post before retiring as a travel and entertainment writer for the Weekend section in 2004, died Dec. 26 at a hospital in Charleston, S.C., of cardiac arrest. He moved to Seabrook Island, S.C., from Kensington upon his retirement.

The death was confirmed by his wife, Barbara Radin Fox, who retired from The Post in 1989 as manager of the employee assistance program. She and her husband co-authored seven travel guidebooks and a syndicated travel column called Cruise News. After the column ended about a decade ago, they started a Web site, romanticgetaways.com.

Mr. Fox joined The Post in 1969 as a copy editor on the National desk and was night city editor during the Watergate political scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. He later handled layout and makeup on the Sports desk and did editing work on the National desk. He joined the Weekend section in 1986.

One of his most poignant stories, from 1989, focused on the “solemn rituals” performed daily at Arlington National Cemetery.

He began: “In the dark fields surrounding a mansion built to house a memorial to George Washington, soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry will have carefully placed small American flags in front of the more than 200,000 graves and columbarium niches at Arlington National Cemetery.”

The story winds into more personal history, noting the burial for his father-in-law, an immigrant born in czarist Russia who later served in the Army during World War II.

“His remains were interred at Arlington on a cold day in January 1984, in what the military calls a simple honors ceremony, with a flag, a firing party, casket team and bugler.

“And on that day, the mournful notes of taps seized my chest just as they had when I first heard them, over the grave of my own father, a simple soldier named Marshall Ronald Fox, on a bleak day in October 1955, when he was buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Ky.

“The flags — one with 48 stars, the other with 50 — that covered their caskets are possessions I will pass on to my sons.”

Larry Ronald Fox was born in Baltimore and raised in Louisville, Ky. He attended the University of Kentucky and worked for the Lexington Herald-Leader and the St. Petersburg Times in Florida before moving to the Washington area.

His first marriage, to Dorothy Coffman, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Barbara Radin Fox of Seabrook Island; a son from his first marriage, Clayton M. Fox of Chicago; a son from his second marriage, Jonathan R. Fox of Rockville; a brother; and a sister.

— Adam Bernstein

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