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.