Ann Waldron was born on December 14, 1924, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Eric Watson Waldron, a bookkeeper, and Elizabeth Roberts Wood. Waldron’s parents and older sister lived three blocks from the Vine Street Presbyterian Church, where they attended services every Sunday and prayer meetings on Wednesdays. Waldron, still a member of the Presbyterian Church, is a lifelong Democrat whose southern roots are reflected in much of her writing.
Waldron’s interest in journalism began when she became coeditor of her high school newspaper and then editor of the Crimson-White, the student newspaper at the University of Alabama. After graduating from college in 1945, she worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution, where she met Martin Waldron, whom she married on October 18, 1947. The couple raised four children while working on newspapers in Florida and Texas.
When Martin Waldron accepted a New York Times offer, the couple settled in Princeton, where Ann Waldron concentrated on raising her family and writing children’s books. Soon Waldron was attending classes at Princeton University and working for the school’s publications. She interviewed professors and reported on life in Princeton, a valuable experience reflected in her rich evocation of the Princeton milieu in her mystery novels.
When Martin Waldron died in 1981, Ann began working full time for the Princeton Campaign Bulletin. An...
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