Published in The Washington Post on May 22, 2018
Julian Isaac Mazor
August 8, 1929 – May 20, 2018Short story writer Julian Mazor,
whose work appeared in the New Yorker and Shenandoah
magazines, as well as various anthologies of short fiction, died
sunday. He was 88 years old.
Mazor was born in Baltimore in 1929 and moved to Washington
in 1934, where he went to Alice Deal grade school and John
Eaton middle school. As a boy, he spent his summers at Camp
Wigwam in Maine, and later returned as a beloved coach and counselor. He graduated from
Woodrow Wilson High School in 1947.
Mazor attended Indiana University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and then Yale law school
(class of 54). He spent two years as a legal officer in the Air Force, serving at Perrin Air Base
in Sherman, Texas. While there he met his future wife Arra Ann Tolbert.
In 1958 he moved to New York to pursue a writing career. He sold his first two stories to the
New Yorker magazine in 1962. A collection of his work, Washington and Baltimore, appeared
in 1968. He and Tolbert married in April of that year.
After receiving a Rockefeller grant, he and Ann traveled to London where their first son was
born. They lived for a time in Ireland, then moved Alexandria, Va. Their second son was born
Mazor, a devoted father and coach, continued writing. A second collection of short stories,
Friend of Mankind, was published in 2004.
Mazor had a lifelong love of baseball. An avid player in his youth, he took up the game again
at 69, with a trip to the Baltimore Orioles fantasy camp in Sarasota Fl. He played for the next
Mazor’s marriage to Ann ended in 1995. A second marriage ended in divorce in 2014.In his
later years, Mazor became a fixture in Georgetown, frequenting Martin’s Tavern and taking
daily walks with his devoted caretaker, Lucy. He’ll be remembered for his kindness and
generosity, and the stories he left behind.
Mazor is survived by his sons William and John, his ex wife Ann, and his granddaughter Ellie.
He will be deeply missed.
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