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The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — From staff re­ports

Obituaries of res­i­dents from the Dis­trict, Mary­land and North­ern Vir­ginia. Roy W. Dickinson, union ad­min­is­tra­tor

Roy W. Dickinson, 76, a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant at the In­ter­na­tional Brother­hood of Elec­tri­cal Work­ers, died Sept. 25 at a hos­pi­tal in Washington. The cause was com­pli­ca­tions from can­cer, said a son, Gary Dickinson.

Mr. Dickinson, a res­i­dent of Sil­ver Spring, Md., was born in Washington. Af­ter work­ing as a jour­ney­man elec­tri­cian, he earned a busi­ness de­gree in night school and joined the IBEW of­fice in 1966. He worked there un­til 1998 while serv­ing as a mem­ber of the Mont­gomery County Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, or­ga­niz­ing vot­ing drives and cam­paign ef­forts for more than two decades. Mar­garet Golden, vol­un­teer

Mar­garet Golden, 92, a vol­un­teer who served in a branch of the Army Sig­nal Corps dur­ing World War II, died Sept. 4 at a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity in Colfax, N.C. The cause was com­pli­ca­tions from heart dis­ease, said a son, Joel Golden.

Mrs. Golden was born Mar­garet Pad­gett in Wal­ter­boro, S.C. She moved to Washington in 1944 to work with code break­ers of the Sig­nal In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice, a branch of the U.S. Army Sig­nal Corps. She vol­un­teered at Mount Ver­non Place United Methodist Church in Washington, serv­ing food to the home­less and act­ing in plays. She moved to North Carolina from Fort Washington, Md., in the early 1980s. Richard B. D’Alessio, pe­di­a­tri­cian

Richard B. D’Alessio, 80, a Washington pe­di­a­tri­cian for nearly 40 years, died Sept. 18 at a hos­pi­tal in Washington. The cause was car­dio­genic shock, said a son, Joseph D’Alessio.

Dr. D’Alessio, a Washington res­i­dent, was born in Pittsburgh. He moved to Washington for his hos­pi­tal res­i­dency in the late 1960s and worked as a pe­di­a­tri­cian un­til re­tir­ing in 2003. In the 1990s, he vol­un­teered at a Washington health clinic, now called Bread for the City. Mervin K. Strickler Jr., avi­a­tion ed­u­ca­tor

Mervin K. Strickler Jr., 94, an au­thor­ity on U.S. avi­a­tion ed­u­ca­tion who held ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions at the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion and what is now the As­so­ci­a­tion to Unite the Democ­ra­cies, died Sept. 19 at his home in Pen­field, Pa. The cause was car­diac ar­rest and de­men­tia, said a daugh­ter, Heather Hol­s­tine.

Dr. Strickler, who split his time be­tween Hill­crest Heights, Md., and Pen­field, was born in Al­ger, Ohio. He served as a bom­bardier nav­i­ga­tor in­struc­tor at the close of World War II, and headed avi­a­tion ed­u­ca­tion at the Civil Air Pa­trol in Washington in the 1950s.

From 1960 to 1979, he headed ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams at what be­came the FAA. He then spent sev­eral years as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the non­profit Fed­eral Union, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­moted a NATO-like fed­er­a­tion of global democ­ra­cies. His hon­ors in­cluded the Air Force Depart­ment’s dec­o­ra­tion for ex­cep­tional civil­ian ser­vice. Robert K. Wineland, pe­di­a­tri­cian, hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial

Robert K. Wineland, 91, a pe­di­a­tri­cian who served as the pres­i­dent of two Vir­ginia hos­pi­tals, died Sept. 20 at a hos­pi­tal in Alexandria, Va. The cause was West Nile en­cephali­tis, said a son, Robert C. Wineland.

Dr. Wineland, a res­i­dent of Fair­fax County, was born in Washington. He served as an Army medic in World War II and par­tic­i­pated in the Bat­tle of the Bulge with an ar­tillery bat­tal­ion. In the early 1960s, he was pres­i­dent of the med­i­cal staff at what is now Inova Alexandria Hos­pi­tal, and in 1976 he co-founded what is now Inova Mount Ver­non Hos­pi­tal, where he also served as pres­i­dent of the med­i­cal staff. Dr. Wineland later sat on the board of the hos­pi­tal’s par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion, now called Inova Health Sys­tem. His board mem­ber­ships in­cluded the Car­pen­ter’s Shel­ter med­i­cal clinic in Alexandria, where he vol­un­teered. Charles W. Hart Jr., mu­seum cu­ra­tor

Charles W. “Bill” Hart Jr., 87, who stud­ied fresh­wa­ter in­ver­te­brates and be­came a cu­ra­tor at the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral History, died Sept. 19 at an as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity in Fair­fax City, Va. The cause was esophageal can­cer, said his wife, Dab­ney Hart.

Mr. Hart, a Fair­fax County res­i­dent, was born in Far­mville, Va. He pub­lished bi­o­log­i­cal ar­ti­cles and books, fo­cus­ing on cray­fish, and be­gan a mu­seum ca­reer at the Academy of Nat­u­ral Sciences, in Philadelphia. He joined the Na­tional Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral History in 1974 and be­came cu­ra­tor of its in­ver­te­brate zool­ogy depart­ment five years later, re­tir­ing as a re­search cu­ra­tor emer­i­tus in 1996. He was a mem­ber of the Cos­mos Club in Washington. John O. Diggs, ed­u­ca­tor

John O. Diggs, 85, a Mont­gomery County ed­u­ca­tor who re­tired in 1987 as a pupil per­son­nel of­fi­cer help­ing to de­velop ap­pro­pri­ate school pro­grams for spe­cial-needs chil­dren, died Sept. 21 at an as­sisted liv­ing cen­ter in Rockville, Md. The cause was pneu­mo­nia and de­men­tia, said a daugh­ter, Cathy Roberts.

Mr. Diggs, a Rockville res­i­dent, was born in Cum­ber­land, Md., and be­gan work­ing for Mont­gomery County schools in 1955. He was a coun­selor at Mont­gomery Blair High School in Sil­ver Spring, Md., be­fore be­com­ing a pupil per­son­nel of­fi­cer. In re­tire­ment, he was a trom­bon­ist in com­mu­nity bands in Mont­gomery County and a sum­mer­time wa­ter ski in­struc­tor at Deep Creek Lake, Md. Fred D. Grant, gas com­pany em­ployee, ANC com­mis­sioner

Fred D. Grant, 78, a Bap­tist min­is­ter, an ANC com­mis­sioner in the Dis­trict and a for­mer Washington Gas em­ployee, died Sept. 27 at a hos­pi­tal in Washington. The cause was a heart at­tack, said his niece Karen H. Greene.

Rev. Grant, a Dis­trict res­i­dent, was born in Con­way, N.C. He served in the Army’s 82nd Air­borne Di­vi­sion be­fore set­tling in 1959 in Washington, where he joined Solid Rock Full Gospel Bap­tist Church, now in Capi­tol Heights, Md. He at­tended Washington Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, was or­dained in 1967 and served for 12 years as as­sis­tant pas­tor of Mount Calvary Bap­tist Church in Alexandria, Va.

He also ran a truck­ing busi­ness and Grant’s Auto Ser­vice in the Dis­trict. Hired by Washington Gas in 1967 as an auto me­chanic, he re­tired in 1998 as a se­cu­rity man­ager. Rev. Grant vol­un­teered with Christ­mas in April, an or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing low-in­come home­own­ers, did car­pen­try work and served for many years on a D.C. Ad­vi­sory Neigh­bor­hood Com­mis­sion in Ward 4.

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