Katharine Crit­ten­berger


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Lau­ren Wise­man

Katharine C. “Kitty” Crit­ten­berger, 84, a for­mer mem­ber­ship and track­ing chair­man of the Smith­so­nian Women’s Com­mit­tee, died Dec. 16 at the Na­tional Naval Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bethesda of con­ges­tive heart fail­ure.

Mrs. Crit­ten­berger was amem­ber of the women’s com­mit­tee, a Smith­so­nian fundrais­ing group, from 1992 to 2004. While vol­un­teer­ing with the Smith­so­nian, she also helped or­ga­nize the an­nual craft show and was a mem­ber of the grants com­mit­tee.

The daugh­ter of an Army colonel, she was born Katharine Cole­man Clay­ton at Fort Clark in Brack­ettville, Tex. She had lived in McLean since the late 1970s and moved to the District in 2006.

From 1980 to 1992, Mrs. Crit­ten­berger was chair­woman of the art tours group of the Wel­come to Washington In­ter­na­tional Club. She was a mem­ber of the Cathe­dral Choral So­ci­ety, the Sul­grave Club and the Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion, where she was a mu­seum do­cent from 1979 to 1987. She was pres­i­dent of a chap­ter of the Colo­nial Dames of Amer­ica.

Mrs. Crit­ten­berger, who lived at Army posts in theUnited States and over­seas dur­ing her hus­band’s mil­i­tary ser­vice, was pres­i­dent of the Fort Myer Ladies Club. She vol­un­teered with the Girl Scouts and Brown­ies and took con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses at Ge­orgeWash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band of 62 years, re­tired Army Maj. Gen. Wil­lis D. Crit­ten­berger Jr. of Washington; three daugh­ters, Katharine C. Crit­ten­berger and Vir­ginia C. Al­bright, both of McLean, and Jac­que­line C. Gay of Stowe, Vt.; a sis­ter, Carol Conaty of Ar­ling­ton County; a brother, Philip Clay­ton of Heath, Tex.; and five grand­chil­dren.

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