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Stanley J. Hinden

January 27, 1927 ~ January 9, 2018 (age 90)
Former Washington Post financial reporter and New York Times best-selling author, Stanley "Stan" J. Hinden died January 9, 2018, in Mission Viejo, CA. He was 90. Born January 27, 1927, in New York City, New York to parents Edward and Rose (Kroshinsky) Hinden, he spent most of his life on the East Coast only recently relocating to California.

Stan was a Washington Post financial reporter from 1973 to 1996 writing about stocks and mutual funds and served as an editorial page features and weekly sections editor. After "retiring" he was motivated by the experiences he and his wife Sara had as retirees to write The Post's "Retirement Journal" column from 1996 to 2003, appearing each month in the Sunday business section.

In 1998, the Post nominated the "Retirement Journal" for a Pulitzer Prize in Commentary, while at the same time the column won an award from the American University School of Communication and the Investment Company Institute for excellence in personal finance reporting.

In 2000, he was inspired by the various subjects he wrote about in his "Retirement Journal" column and turned them into a book "How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire." It made the New York Times business best-sellers list and in 2013 the fourth edition was published.

Stan graduated from Syracuse University in 1950 after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II as a soldier in the U.S. occupation force in post-war Japan. There he put out a newsletter for his unit in the Kobe area.

He started his journalism career in radio broadcasting but soon transitioned into print media as a reporter for Newsday in Garden City, New York and then as an editor for the National Journal in Washington D.C. before his tenure at The Washington Post. His final journalistic identity was as AARP's columnist on Social Security, making understandable such mysteries as changes in full retirement age and rules of spousal benefits.

Former Post colleague and friend, John Burgess said, "At The Washington Post, Stan was known for unfailing accuracy in his writing. I remember that in the 1990s, the head of the Post's Business section urged reporters to ‘be like Stan' in writing articles with the absolute highest level of accuracy and fairness. Stan was truly tireless and devoted to journalism, keeping up writing the AARP's Social Security column until shortly before his 90th birthday."

Stan is preceded in death by his wife Sara, who died in September 2013. They wed in 1953 and celebrated 60 years of marriage.

He is survived by sons Alan (Gina) Hinden of Gaithersburg, MD, and Lawrence (Denice) Hinden of Mission Viejo, CA and daughter Pam Hinden (Jennifer Ochoa) of Bronx, New York as well as grandchildren Sandy, Ted (Jennifer), Amber (Justin) and Anna, and great-grandchildren Devon, Phoenix, Phoebe and Orion.

A chapel service will be held Sunday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Judean Memorial Gardens, 16225 Batchellors Forest Rd., Olney, Maryland 20832 ( where he will be buried alongside his wife Sara.

In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Stan's service to the Leisure World Lion's Club, donations may be made to Lion's Club International at

Chapel Service at Cemetery

JAN 14. 11:30 AM

Judean Memorial Gardens
16225 Batchellors Forest Road
Olney, MD, 20832
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