Josephine Del Deo, Who Fought to Preserve Cape Cod Shoreline, Dies at 90


Josephine Del Deo in 2009.

David W. Dunlap/”Building Provincetown”

Josephine Del Deo, a writer and preservationist who helped safeguard the embryonic Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts and preserved the historic character of Provincetown, at the cape tip, died on Thursday in Provincetown. She was 90.

The cause was complications of a stroke, her son, Romolo Del Deo, said.

Ms. Del Deo and her husband, the artist Salvatore Del Deo, were leading figures in the bohemian aristocracy that dominated Provincetown’s vibrant cultural life in the decades after World War II.

Today, it is easy to take for granted that the cape’s “back shore” appears much as it did when…

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