Hobart Rowen, a Washington Post columnist who wrote about business and the nation's economic policy for five decades, died of cancer yesterday. He was 76.
"Bart taught a generation of business journalists here and around the country how to cover economic policy in a more sophisticated way," said David Ignatius, the Post's assistant managing editor for business.
A passionate advocate of free trade, Mr. Rowen emphasized that the United States was part of a global economy, and his columns pushed financial reporters and government leaders to look at the larger picture.
A native of Burlington, Vt., he graduated from City College of New York in 1938 and worked for the New York Journal of Commerce and Newsweek, where he wrote his first syndicated column, before joining the Post in 1966. His Post column has been syndicated since 1975.
He won numerous awards for his column. He received the first award for lifetime achievement in financial journalism presented
by the Gerald R. Loeb Foundation and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
He wrote a book, published last year, "Self-Inflicted Wounds: From LBJ's Guns & Butter to Reagan's Voodoo Economics," that recounted his career and outlined his views on economic policy.
Mr. Rowen, who lived in Somerset in Montgomery County, is survived by his wife and three children.
Doris Havens Marble, 89, whose career as an organist and pianist spanned the golden age of silent movies and national radio shows, died Monday in Portland, Maine.
Frederick Doveton Nichols, 83, an expert on the architecture of Thomas Jefferson, died Sunday in Charlottesville, Va. While he was chairman of the University of Virginia's department of architectural history, he oversaw the restoration of the school's Rotunda and other Jeffersonian buildings on campus.