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Shirley Ardman, 92, of Swampscott, Mass., died March 12, 2014, after a long illness.
Born in Weston, W.Va., to Benjamin and Molly Baker, she studied journalism at Columbia University. While a freshman journalism student, she was given an assignment to interview a living author, and, through a mutual acquaintance, met and interviewed J.D. Salinger in the bar of a Manhattan hotel. This occurred just after his first short story was published and years before "Catcher in the Rye," remaining one of the very few interviews of the reclusive author.
Mrs. Ardman spent most of her married life in Washington with her husband, Bill, deceased, where she raised two sons, pursued a career in real estate and ran for public office.
Surviving are her children, Charles Ardman (Patricia) of Montclair, N.J., and Blair Ardman (Margaret) of Marblehead, Mass., and four grandchildren, Jonathan, Rebecca and Daniel Ardman and Leo John Macdonald.
At her wish, there will be no funeral service. Burial will be held in West Virginia. A memorial service will be held at a future date and location to be specified.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association at Arrangements are entrusted to Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, W.Va. Condolences may be sent by visiting

Published in Observer-Reporter on Mar. 18, 2014
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