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JOHN R. GROOM. Photographers Agent John R. Groom, 35, a Washington native who was a photographers agent in New York, died of complications of AIDS Jan. 17 at his home in New York. Mr. Groom grew up in Arlington, and he attended Yorktown High School and the University of Kansas. In the late 1970s, he was a manager for the John Casablancas and Elite modeling agencies in San Francisco. After moving to New York in the early 1980s, he worked briefly for Elite modeling agency as a manager. For the past 10 years, he was a photographers agent. Survivors include his companion, Cris D. Smith of New York; his father, Robert L. Groom of Arlington; five sisters, Mary Lou Weprin of Richmond, Calif., Robin Groom of Washington, Nancy Robinette and Sally Groom, both of Arlington, and Carey Groom of Berkeley, Calif.; and a brother, William Groom of Arlington.

— death of cousin  

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