Ann Devroy, 49, who covered the White...


Ann Devroy, 49, who covered the White House for the Washington Post, died of uterine cancer yesterday at her home in Northwest Washington.

Born and raised in Green Bay, Wis., she worked for a Gannett newspaper in Bridgewater, N.J., before she was transferred to Gannett's Washington bureau in 1977.

She covered the New Jersey and Vermont congressional delegations, the Supreme Court and the Carter and Reagan administrations before she joined the Post as political editor in 1985. She began covering the White House at the beginning of the Bush administration in 1989.

"For more than a decade, no journalist dominated and defined the White House beat with the kind of skill, shrewd analysis and gruff grace that Ann brought to her reporting," President Clinton said in a statement yesterday.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Matthews, a Washington correspondent for The Sun, and a daughter, Sarah, 12.

Margaret Floyd, 65, an architectural historian, preservation advocate, author and professor, died in Boston Saturday of cancer.

Maarten Van Traa, 52, a tough lawmaker who became a household name in Holland by leading a parliamentary probe into Dutch police investigation methods, died Tuesday of injuries suffered in a car crash in The Hague, Netherlands.

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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