Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running "Dear Abby" advice column that appears in the Star died Wednesday at age 94.

When Charter Hospital of Tucson held its grand opening Jan. 8, 1988, Dear Abby was selected as host.

The next day, Van Buren presided over the festivities for the 60-bed, full-service psychiatric facility at North Kolb Road and East Speedway, in the Gateway Center. More than 800 visitors attended, many to chat with or get an autograph from the 70-year-old advice columnist.