Foreign Correspondents: Dynasty's End

To the New York Times, the word dynasty has a special meaning. Since Adolph Ochs took over the paper in 1896, it has stayed firmly in the family, handed down through three generations of descendants. And so last week, when Arnaldo Cortesi retired as the Times's Rome bureau chief, the paper could say goodbye with a special sadness. A member of the Cortesi family had represented the Times in Rome for 60 years.

The first was Arnaldo's mother, the former Isabelle Lauder Cochrane, who came to Rome from Boston, married Salvatore Cortesi, the Associated Press's man in Rome, and went to...

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