U.S. Postal Service issues stamp to honor Katharine Graham

Community By Linda Trischitta, Editor Thursday, November 18, 2021

      The Lake Katharine neighborhood and the waterway in Miami Lakes are named for Katharine Meyer Graham, the late publisher of the Washington Post.

      Graham, who died in 2001, is being recognized this month by the United States Postal Service with a stamp that features her portrait.

       Graham is 17th in the Distinguished Americans series of stamps for her accomplishments, which included being the first woman chief executive at a Fortune 500 company, the USPS said on its website.

     Graham led The Washington Post Co. and the newspaper during unprecedented times: Publishing of The Pentagon Papers which were secret government records about the Vietnam War, and during the Watergate scandal, which developed from a break-in at Democratic Party headquarters to the eventual resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.

     The newspaper’s Watergate investigation won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

     Graham took over the company after the death of her husband, Philip Graham, in 1963.  It had previously been led by her father, Eugene Meyer.

     Philip Graham was a member of the second generation of the Graham family, which founded and developed the Town of Miami Lakes from its dairy farm.

     Katharine Graham’s stamp portrait was designed by Derry Noyes from original art by Lynn Staley, the USPS said.

      Graham won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for her memoir “Personal History.”

      The story of her life during the Pentagon Papers saga is told in the 2017 movie “The Post.”

       She is in good company with this USPS class. Other honorees include sculptor Edmonia Lewis; activist and folk singer Pete Seeger; marine biologist Eugenie Clark and Native American sculptor and painter George Morrison.