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Mary Louis Whitham Eastman, 97, Photographer, Formerly Of Westport

HANOVER, N.H. - Former Westport resident Mary Louis Whitham Eastman of Hanover, N.H., died Feb. 27. She was 97.

A photographer who documented the changing roles of women, Eastman was the wife of the late children's book author, P.D. Eastman , whose many works include Go, Dog Go and Are You My Mother?

The two met when they worked at Disney in the 1950s, she as a color model supervisor and he as a cartoonist, the trade news outlet Cartoon Brew reported.

Eastman was born April 30, 1915, in Seattle, Wash. In 1929, her family settled in Glendale, Calif., where she graduated in 1937 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor’s degree.

She worked at the Walt Disney Studio, helping to choose the colors for such films as “Pinocchio,” “Bambi” and “Fantasia.”

In the fall of 1954, the family moved to Westport, where she began her photography career. Her photographs, which preserved the fast disappearing costumes and customs of women as their roles changed, were shown at the Silvermine Guild, of which she was a member. She was also a member of the National Arts Club in New York City.

Eastman is survived by her sons, Peter (Tony) Eastman of Westport and Alan Eastman of Waldoboro, Maine; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband, P. D. Eastman.

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