Paula Jef­fries


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Megan Buerger

Paula Jef­fries, 86, who served on many com­mit­tees that aided in­ter­na­tional di­plo­mats and their fam­i­lies dur­ing their stays in Washington, died Dec. 27 at River­mead Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity in Peter­bor­ough, N.H. She had Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

Af­ter more than 40 years in Washington, Mrs. Jef­fries moved to Marl­bor­ough, N.H., af­ter the death of her hus­band, Don­ald Jef­fries, in 2003.

Mrs. Jef­fries set­tled in Ge­orge­town in 1959. Over the years, she vol­un­teered with many or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing theD.C. branch of the YWCA, of which she was a for­mer pres­i­dent, and theMerid­ian In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes in­ter­na­tional cul­tural un­der­stand­ing. Mrs. Jef­fries served on the Merid­ian Ball Steer­ing Com­mit­tee for 35 years.

Mrs. Jef­fries was an early vol­un­teer for the Hos­pi­tal­ity and In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice, now known as THIS for Di­plo­mats, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that as­sists di­plo­mats vis­it­ing Washington. She served as pres­i­dent of THIS in the 1970s. She was a long­time mem­ber of Ge­orge­town Pres­by­te­rian Church.

Paula Good­now Knight was a na­tive of New York and a 1945 grad­u­ate ofMid­dle­bury Col­lege in Ver­mont. Af­ter col­lege, she worked in the per­son­nel of­fice at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Technology in the 1950s.

There are no im­me­di­ate sur­vivors.

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