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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Timothy Leary patron Peggy Mellon Hitchcock has died

Peggy Hitchcock and her friend from Tibet. (Source). 

The New York Times reports on the death of Peggy Mellon Hitchcock, who supplied Timothy Leary with his mansion in Millbrook, N.Y.:

"Peggy Mellon Hitchcock, the energetic scion of a storied wealthy family who funded Timothy Leary’s psychedelic adventures — and famously helped him find the spot to do so, at her brothers’ estate in Millbrook, N.Y. — died on April 9 at her home in Tucson, Ariz. She was 90."

Another bit (the obit writer, Penelope Green, clearly had fun with her task):

"Mr. Leary and Ms. Hitchcock fell into an on-again, off-again love affair. (She described it to Robert Greenfield, Mr. Leary’s biographer, as 'a swinging door relationship.') Ms. Hitchcock had been dating Allen Eager, a jazz saxophonist who was also a heroin addict, Mr. Greenfield wrote, and when her mother heard that she was involved with Mr. Leary, she exclaimed: 'Oh thank God! She’s going out with a Harvard professor!' ”

Full obit here (if you read it, you get to find out about her other interesting friends, including the Dalai Lama.)

She was very wealthy, and when I read the article, I daydreamed about what I would do if I'd had that kind of money. 


Eric Wagner said...

What would you do if you had that kind of money?

Ron Hogan said...

Not the biggest problem in the world, but shouldn’t the Times be calling him DR. Leary?

Eric Wagner said...

Yeah, people critical of Tim like to take away his doctorate. Sometimes they call him "Mr. O'Leary".