Katharine L. Marshall, State Department employee

Friday, December 3, 2010; 12:33 AM

Katharine L. Marshall, 89, who worked in the State Department press office for more than 20 years, died Nov. 26 at her home in Washington. She had lung cancer.

Mrs. Marshall started her government service in the late 1950s with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as an editor for a public health journal.

She joined the State Department in the 1960s and helped prepare public briefings on the Vietnam war. She spent much of her career working on the Latin American desk before retiring in 1986.

Katharine Macdonald Lee was born in Philadelphia.

She was a 1946 economics graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and moved to the Washington area in the late 1940s. She worked with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom early in her career.

She was a member of St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Washington.

Before attending Bryn Mawr, she briefly attended the College of William and Mary, where she met Robert S. Marshall, who was cast beside her in a leading role of a school theatrical production. They were married in 1942; he died in 2000.

Survivors include three children, Caleb Marshall and Eliot Marshall, both of Washington, and Leslie Weld of New York; a brother; a sister; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

- T. Rees Shapiro

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