Austin Kiplinger, publisher of The Kiplinger letter and head of a business publishing empire, has died of brain cancer at the age of 97.
Whatever else he might have been, Austin Kiplinger loved the District of Columbia. He and his family have given enormous sums of money to the D.C. Historical Society, and kept it out of bankruptcy in the last 15 or so years. His vast collection of books, newspapers, posters, fliers, pamphlets, recordings, transcripts, and much more were donated to the D.C. Historical Society and form the core of the Kiplinger Library.
An immense amount of D.C. history would have been lost without his interest in the city he loved. He loved everything about D.C. -- its past, its neighborhoods, its people. He wasn't only interested in Spring Valley or Georgetown; he funded extensive studies about the history, growth, and culture of neighborhoods East of the River and in Northeast, Far North, and Southeast.
So much about D.C. would never be known without Austin Kiplinger.