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OBITUARIES / Evelyn Graham Irons, 99, War Correspondent

Evelyn Graham Irons, a war correspondent believed to be the first female

journalist to reach Hitler's retreat at Berchtesgaden at the end of World War

II, died April 3. She was 99.

Irons was also renowned for her tangled romance with novelist and poet Vita

Sackville-West in the early 1930s.

After graduating from Somerville College, Oxford, Irons began working as a

journalist for London's The Daily Mail, and later for The Evening Standard. At

the outbreak of World War II, Irons became a war correspondent. She later

crossed the Rhine with Charles de Gaulle and accompanied French troops through

Germany and Austria.

Irons met Sackville-West in 1931. Their romance lasted two years, until

Irons met and fell in love with another woman, Joy McSweeney, who remained her

companion until McSweeney's death in the 1980s.

Sackville-West wrote poems addressed to Irons in 1931 as part of her

"Collected Poems." The pair remained in touch until Sackville-West died in 1962.

Irons moved to New York in 1952 and headed the New York bureau of The

Sunday Times of London at the end of the 1950s.

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