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Kathryn L. Coombs, production consultant

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011; 6:13 PM

Kathryn L. Coombs, 57, a television and film consultant since 1992 who ran her own historical production company, died Jan. 16 at a hospital in Charlottesville. She had uterine cancer.

Mrs. Coombs, an Arlington native who was based in the Washington region, worked on historical film and television documentaries for clients that included A&E, the History Channel and PBS. She worked on casting, props, set design and costumes.

At the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival last year, her work on the film "The Shot" received the award for best costume design for a narrative short.

She was born Kathryn Lee Coe in Arlington and was a 1971 graduate of Wakefield High School. During the 1970s and early '80s she worked for the National Rifle Association as a lobbyist.

She later lived in London, where she was a public relations adviser and helped her then-husband win his bid for re-election to Parliament.

In 1996, Mrs. Coombs returned to the Washington region and worked on former Sen. Bob Dole's (R-Kan.) unsuccessful presidential campaign. She then started her own Web development firm, Washington Web Works, which she ran until it folded in 2002.

In 2006, she moved to Cleydael, a historic farmhouse she purchased in King George, Va. John Wilkes Booth had stopped there after he assassinated President Lincoln.

Mrs. Coombs was a member of the Costume Society of America; the USITT, an association for performing arts and entertainment professionals; the Civil War Trust; and the King George County Historical Society.

Her marriage to Simon Coombs ended in divorce. She had no immediate survivors.

- Lauren Wiseman


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