- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2001

A section of Wisconsin Avenue NW and part of R Street will be closed today for the funeral procession of former Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham.

Wisconsin Avenue will close between 9:30 and 10 a.m. as the procession heads from her home on R Street to the Washington National Cathedral, where the service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. When the dignitary-filled service ends about an hour later, the roads will be closed again as the procession moves from the cathedral to Oak Hill Cemetery on R Street, where Mrs. Graham will be buried next to her late husband, Philip, in a private ceremony.

The area between R and Q streets NW from 31st Street to 28th Street will be restricted to residents and guests during the burial and throughout a family gathering at the Graham family's Georgetown home across the street from the cemetery immediately afterward. Parking restrictions also will be in effect.

Preparations were under way yesterday at the cathedral to handle what is expected to be one of the largest crowds ever. Signs on North Road, which runs adjacent to the cathedral, announced parking restrictions beginning at 6 last night through 2 this afternoon.

Inside, more than 60 rows of plastic folding chairs were placed in the vast nave, flanking the pews of permanent cushioned wooden chairs. A sign in the cathedral's entryway lists seating capacity as 3,204, but officials are trying to allow for as many as 4,000 guests.

"Right now we're prepared for 3,500," said Stephen Lott, verger of the cathedral, yesterday afternoon. Stacks of folding chairs had yet to be placed and still stood behind columns in the nave.

Outside the cathedral, media outlets were staking out space yesterday on South Road, in front of the VIP entrance, where a who's who of politics, business, entertainment and the media will make their way into the service.

The Washington Post reported that among the Graham family's 400 invited guests will be former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rod- ham Clinton, New York Democrat. Pallbearers will include former Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara,broadcast executive Barry Diller, Washington attorney Vernon Jordan and Sen. Bob Graham, Florida Democrat and Mrs. Graham's brother-in-law.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, film director Mike Nichols, investor Warren Buffett and journalist Barbara Walters will serve as ushers.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will offer a eulogy, as will historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., former Post Executive Editor Benjamin Bradlee and members of the Graham family. Former Republican Sen. John Danforth of Missouri, an ordained Episcopal priest, will deliver the homily.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg will also be in attendance.

Doors to the cathedral will open at 10 a.m., and officials advise anyone thinking of attending to arrive early.

Mr. Lott said speakers will be set up on the cathedral's south side for any overflow crowd that can't make it in the doors of the cathedral.

Mrs. Graham died Tuesday as a result of head injuries she suffered July 14 when she fell on a sidewalk in Sun Valley, Idaho. She was 84.

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