Arthur Buchwald (October 20, 1925 - January 17, 2007) was an American humorist best known for his long-running column in “The Washington Post.” Focusing on political satire and commentary in his column, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Commentary in 1982, and in 1986 was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
In February 2006, Buchwald checked himself into a Washington, D.C. area hospice. Although his kidneys were failing, he elected to forego kidney dialysis, saying that he wished to finish his days his way and to avoid end-of-life ailments that befall so many elderly individuals. However, his health did not fail as rapidly as he expected.
In July 2006, Buchwald returned to his summer home in Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard, a place he never expected to see again. While there, he completed a book titled, “Too Soon to Say Goodbye,” about the five months he spent in the hospice.