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Stan Stearns, who photographed JFK funeral salute, dies at 76

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Stan Stearns was on assignment for UPI covering the funeral of President John F. Kennedy Jr. on Nov. 25, 1963, cordoned off with a throng of photographers across from the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. As the New York Times recalls, he “trained his lens on Jacqueline Kennedy as the coffin neared. She bent toward John Jr. It was his third birthday. She whispered something. And, suddenly, the boy raised his right arm.” And at that instant, Stearns captured one of the iconic images of a generation. Stan Stearns died of lung cancer Friday at a hospice in Annapolis, Md. He was 76. Obit: NYT.
Image: Stan Stearns/Corbis
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