Rose Mary Woods, 1917-2005: Nixon's private secretary
January 24, 2005 12:46 PM Subscribe
"Rose . . . is as close to us as family".
Rose Mary Woods, who died Saturday at 87, was Richard Nixon
's private secretary
. In 1973 Woods was transcribing secretly
of Oval Office conversations
, working on a June 20, 1972, tape of a conversation
between President Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman
, that might have shed light on whether Nixon knew about the Watergate break-in
three days earlier. While she was performing her duties (.rtf file)
, she said, the phone rang. As she reached for it, she said she inadvertently struck the erase key on the tape recorder
and kept her foot on the machine's pedal, forwarding the tape. More inside.