LOUIS M. KOHLMEIER Jr.

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KOHLMEIER LOUIS MARTIN KOHLMEIER, JR. Louis Martin Kohlmeier, Jr., 86, of Rockville, MD and Eastham, MA passed away on March 30, 2012 at the Levine Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC. He was the beloved husband of 53 years to Barbara, devoted father to his daughter Ann and his son Daniel, who preceded him in death. He was respected father-in-law to Kemper, and loving grandfather to Kelsey and Eric. Born on February 17, 1926 in St. Louis, MO to the late Louis and Anita Kohlmeier, Louis served in the Merchant Marine during WWII and in the Army during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1950. His distinguished career as an author and journalist began in 1952 as a staff reporter with the Wall Street Journal in St. Louis and Chicago. He joined the St. Louis Globe-Democrat in 1957 then moved to Washington, DC in 1960 to join the Wall Street Journal Washington bureau where he covered the Supreme Court, Department of Justice, executive branch departments, and Federal independent regulatory agencies. In 1959 he received the National Headliners Club award for a series of articles in the Globe-Democrat concerning railroad problems. In 1965 he received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and the Sigma Delta Chi award for Washington correspondence for his series of articles on the growth of the fortune of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family. He authored two books, The Regulators: Watchdog Agencies and the Public Interest and God Save This Honorable Court: The Supreme Court Crisis. He later went on to become a professor at American University School of Communication. Upon retirement, Lou remained active in his community and pursued his passions for reading, writing, politics, gardening and the outdoors, faith and family. Contemplative, genuine, and loving, his wisdom will be deeply missed. A memorial service will be held at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church on April 22, 2012 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Louis' honor to the Nauset Light Preservation Society, P.O. Box 941, Eastham, MA 02642. Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Lic. of Huntersville is serving the family. www.samuelsjamesfsl.com

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 8, 2012
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