Richard G. Pearson, a journalist who spent two decades writing obituaries for the Washington Post, died on Nov. 11 from pancreatic cancer. He was 54.
Although he was born in Illinois, Pearson lived in Washington D.C. for most of his life. An interest in politics drove him to take an internship on Capitol Hill and to earn a political science degree from American University.
In 1971, Pearson joined the Washington Post. He worked as a copy aide in the photo department and on the metro desk before landing what he called the perfect job –