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Lois Armstrong

Lois Armstrong, a national correspondent for People magazine, died Sept. 30 of cancer at her home in Santa Monica. She was 71.

Armstrong joined People just before its first issue in March 1974. She freelanced for 18 months before being appointed Los Angeles bureau chief, a position she held for 10 years.

She pioneered a new position, national correspondent, which she held until her death.

Armstrong began her career by working as a freelance journalist in Paris after earning a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia U.

Following eight years in Paris she relocated to Los Angeles where she worked as a correspondent for Time.

One of her articles, under the byline Lois Dickert, became the basis for the 1963 United Artists release “Ladybug, Ladybug.”

Armstrong is survived by her husband, Moses; son, Carter; and five stepchildren.

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