Georgia Dullea, 90, Dies; Reporter Chronicled a Changing Society


Stephen Drucker, the founding editor of The Times’s Styles section, called Ms. Dullea “one of the finest writers the Times ever produced.”

“But what she wrote was published on the women’s page,” he said in a phone interview, “and later in the style pages, so it was never taken seriously. Make no mistake, it was serious.”

Georgia Milburn Comstock was born on Sept. 4, 1933, in Newark, N.J., and grew up in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx. Her father, George Comstock, died when she was a baby. Her mother, Louella Patricia Doty, was an artist.

Georgia studied journalism at Fordham University, but, raising a family in her post-college years, didn’t begin writing professionally until she was in her 30s, when she wandered into the offices of The Patent Trader, a community newspaper in Mount Kisco, N.Y., to ask for a job. There, she won local awards for covering the women’s liberation movement in Westchester, where she lived.

She is survived by her son, Mark, and daughter, Regan. Her marriage to their father, Charles Dullea, an advertising manager, ended in divorce in 1980. In the mid-90s, she reconnected with Ernest Dickinson, her former editor at The Patent Trader. They married in 1995, the year Ms. Dullea retired. Mr. Dickinson died in 2021.

In 1993, Ms. Dullea covered the wedding of Donald Trump and Marla Maples in a Vows column, gently spoofing both the occasion and the Styles section’s oft-mocked wedding pages. It was a capstone to a year of gleeful reportage in the city’s tabloids, in which Mr. Trump’s divorce from his first wife and his affair with Ms. Maples had played out in their pages.


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