Longtime AP Latin American Correspondent Ary Moleon Dies at 82

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Ary Moleon, who spent four decades covering diplomacy and politics in Washington for The Associated Press’ Latin American service, has died. He was 82.

Moleon died of natural causes Tuesday while he slept in his home in Broward County, Fla., according to his son, Fernando.

Moleon arrived in New York with his family in 1962 after a stint working in Colombia. He was hired by the AP and spent the next 40 years with the agency, almost all of that time in Washington.

“I worked with Ary for many years in the Washington bureau and always admired the style and persistence he brought to his reporting. He had complete command of the LPA (Latin American service) beat and pursued stories of interest to our Latin America clients with great gusto,” former AP Vice President Jonathan Wolman said.

It was in Washington’s diplomatic world — particularly in the Organization of American States — that Moleon gained recognition, developing sources as no one else could.

“He knew everyone in the OAS orbit, no mean feat because it was a surprisingly large orbit with an ever-changing constellation of characters,” Wolman said.

An AP colleague, Merrill Hartson, described Moleon as something of a quixotic figure in Washington.

“Ary was an elegant dresser, a cigar aficionado, a man of good humor and even some self-deprecation who knew a good restaurant from a bad one and an ordinary work of art from a great one,” said Hartson.

Moleon is survived by his wife, Gloria, and children Fernando, Gloria and Maria Pia.

The family said it was preparing to return Moleon’s remains to the Argentine city where he was born, Bahia Blanca in Buenos Aires province.

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