|Magaret Dorothea Rupli Woodward
— Emily Langer - The Washington Post 2012
Margaret Dorothea Rupli Woodward
Margaret Rupli Woodward, wartime radio broadcaster, federal employee Published:
August 23 The Washington Post
Margaret Rupli Woodward, one of only a few female American radio journalists
reporting from Europe during World War II, and who later worked for the federal
government for two decades, died July 18 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was
Her death, of congestive heart failure, was confirmed by her cousin Robin Rupli. Mrs.
Woodward had lived in the same house in the Glover Park neighborhood in the District
for almost a century.
In the late 1930s, Mrs. Woodward was living in Europe with her then-husband, a British
journalist who was covering the buildup to World War II. In early 1940, the couple moved
to Holland, where Mrs. Woodward was hired by NBC. She used her maiden name in her
After Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940, Mrs. Woodward and her husband
escaped to England on a British coal barge. She made one broadcast from England
and one more when she returned to the United States shortly thereafter. Her wartime
journalism work is documented in books including the volume “Hard News: Women in
She worked for the federal government until her retirement in 1961, with assignments at
the Labor Department, as a Foreign Service officer in Canada and with the State
Department in Washington.
Margaret Dorothea Rupli was born in the District. She was a 1927 graduate of
Western High School and a 1931 French graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore.
Before the war, she worked in Geneva through the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace and at the Labor Department.
Mrs. Woodward volunteered at the All Souls Unitarian Church and belonged to the
Woman’s National Democratic Club, both in the District.
Her marriage to David Woodward ended in divorce. She had no immediate survivors.