Sally Quinn on Ben Bradlee’s Final Days

Caregiving for her husband with Alzheimer’s was 'sacred'

Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee rose to prominence for exposing the Watergate scandal, for publishing the Pentagon Papers and for guiding the paper to 23 Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure. He died Tuesday at age 93 in his Washington, D.C. home. He had Alzheimer’s disease.
In September, Bradlee’s wife, Sally Quinn, spoke to C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb about her husband’s health and her own transitions as a caregiver. She moved from thinking his dementia wouldn’t be so hard, to witnessing its ravages, to facing it realistically and ultimately finding peace with the disease and her role.

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“A certain peace has come over me,” she said. “Caretaking has become almost sacred… I don’t think we have ever been as loving with each other as we are now.”

Sue Campbell
By Sue Campbell
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