|FILE - This 1988 file photo shows former AP music writer Mary Campbell in New York. Mary Campbell, who covered music and theater for four decades at The Associated Press, has died, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. She was 78 (AP Photo/File)|
Mary Campbell, music writer for the AP, dies at 78
There, she became a fixture as a music and drama writer and critic. She could be found most any night in a theater or performance hall in her customary seat (10th row on the aisle) and days at her desk, whose legendary mountain of clutter underscored her immersion in her beat.
Her retirement became a whirl of farewell lunches from colleagues and artists. (The musicians of the New York Philharmonic gave her a silver bracelet.) Then she took her leave from the cultural capital of New York to return to her Midwest roots in Bloomington, Ind.
Others worried that she might miss the nightly diet of concerts and plays, and the daily routine of rubbing elbows with the cultural elite.
But Campbell wasn’t worried. She had the radio and CDs, TV and VCR.
‘‘As long as I can listen to the music,’’ she said, ‘‘I'll never be bored.’’
She is survived by her sister, Ruth, of Bloomington, and a brother, Allen Campbell, of Mt. Sterling, Ill.
AP National Writer Hillel Italie contributed to this report.