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Henry Burroughs

A photographer for The Associated Press whose images revealed humanity in Washington figures too often viewed as super-human, Burroughs died Jan. 14 from complications of pneumonia. He was 81.

For over three decades, Henry Dashiell Burroughs Jr., "Hank" to his friends, provided uncommon images of his native city. He spent the first six years of his career as a fashion and advertising photographer for The Washington Post, yet it was his knack for capturing people in relaxed, unposed moments that made his photos stand out.

Burroughs joined the AP in early 1944, and from Frankin D. Roosevelt through Gerald R. Ford, his polite, unassuming manner made him a journalist who was able to get close to those so practiced at being aloof. His memorable photos hit home because they are departures from expected moments: Richard Nixon placidly peering out an Oval Office window in the depths of his troubled presidency; the charismatic John F. Kennedy receiving a pat on the chin from his wife Jackie; or the blustery Lyndon B. Johnson deep in thought. As Walter R. Mears, an AP reporter who covered Washington for over 35 years, said: "He was both a fine photographer and a scholarly gentleman. Those traits don't always go together,"

Burroughs received the first AP Managing Editors Award for photographic excellence in 1964, and was named "Photographer of the Year" by the White House News Photographers Association in 1973.

Betty Woods Brossier, 81, longtime Arkansas journalist, died Jan. 8. Brossier began her career at The Daily World in Helena as society editor, news editor, and managing editor. In 1973, she joined the Arkansas Democrat in Little Rock, serving as editorial supervisor of the "Women's Department."

John B. "Jack" Lake, 79, former publisher of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, died Jan. 15 after an apparent stroke. …

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