Obituary: Desmond O'Grady, Australian foreign correspondent who reported on Italy for over half a century
ROME -- Desmond O'Grady, the doyen of Anglo-Saxon reporters in the Eternal City, has died after working as a correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and other Australian newspapers for over half a century, his family announced. He was 91.
Desmond was born in Melbourne into a naval family and studied literature at Melbourne University. He first came to Italy in 1957 where he met and fell in love with an Italian girl, Giuseppina Culotta, known as Gegi. They married and he took her back to Australia where he worked as foreign editor and then literary editor of The Bulletin. In 1962 Desmond returned to Italy to cover the Second Vatican Council. A devout Roman Catholic, he decided to stay in Rome as a Vaticanista, working for the National Catholic Reporter and the Tablet, and reporting on Italy for the SMH and the Age, settling in Italy.
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