Sunday, May 12, 2013
Mr. Baker was an enthusiastic runner.
Alexandria resident Thomas F. Baker Jr., who worked in the Justice and Treasury departments as a lawyer for 36 years, died April 29 at Inova Alexandria Hospital of cardiac pulmonary arrest. He was 65. His daughter-in-law, Jaime Bosserman, confirmed the death to The Washington Post. Mr. Baker retired in 2009 from the office of the chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, according to the Post, and was honored with the 1994 Chief Counsel Legal Services National Advisory Opinions Award. An avid runner, Mr. Baker met his wife, Beverly Hoffman Baker, while both were running in the George Washington Parkway Classic 10-mile race in Alexandria, the Post reported. He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Duquesne University in …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Former Alexandria resident was active volunteer for Temple Beth El, Alexandria Democratic Committee and WETA.
Wednesday, May 1
Clydine M. Bridgeman, age 83, formerly of Alexandria, VA, died of cancer on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Villas at Gulf Breeze, an assisted living facility in suburban Pensacola, FL. Born in 1929 in Hartselle, AL to Clyde E Mayhall and Lillie Mamrie Waugh and reared with five siblings in Marianna, FL. Clydie came to the Washington area in 1951 and waited tables in a Hot Shoppes until security clearance came through for her to work at the CIA as a cartography librarian. After she and Lester Bridgeman were married in 1954, they moved to Parkfairfax, and he encouraged her to return to Tallahassee to complete her undergraduate degree. When she received a BS from Florida State the following summer, he sent her a congratulatory telegram, …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The former Alexandria Gazette reporter died earlier this month.
Former Alexandria Gazette reporter Alberta Carten, 97, died April 18 in Alexandria, reports The Washington Post. She wrote for the Gazette in the 1960s and 1970s under the pen name Ann Robinson and covered social activities in the Belle Haven area. Carten was born in Clarksburg, W.Va. as Alberta Robinson Annon. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1935. She was a member of Alexandria's Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill where she was a volunteer and choir singer. Carten also was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, according to her obituary.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Dr. Merck was an official in the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
John W. Merck, an Alexandria resident who worked with the offices of budget and veterans affairs, died March 9 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He was 87. Dr. Merck died of cardiac arrest and complications from a fall in November, his wife, Carolyn L. Merck, told The Washington Post. Dr. Merck worked for the Office of Budget and Management from 1970 to 1990. He retired from federal service in 1994 as associate deputy assistant secretary for information analysis at the VA, according to an obituary in the Post. Born in Athens, GA, Dr. Merck served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, the Post reported. When the Air Force was formed, he joined and was a fighter pilot stationed on Okinawa, Japan. He left active duty in 1950 but remained …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The former Shulamit Perlmutter of Poland told her story to Alexandrians and throughout the country via the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.
Charlene Schiff was an integral part of Alexandria’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Alexandria resident and Holocaust survivor donated the large, gold electric candelabra that is part of the city’s commemoration that day. Agudas Achim Rabbi Jack Moline in a column said it was Schiff who inspired Rep, Jim Moran (D-Va.) to establish the United States' first civic commemoration of the Days of Remembrance of the Sho’ah, or Holocaust. Schiff spoke of her life as a Holocaust survivor and the terrible atrocities she suffered during World War II as well as the will to live. At that time, she was named Shulamit Perlmutter born in Horchow, Poland. Schiff, 83, died Jan. 19, reports the Washington Post. She died of a brain tumor at the …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Woollum attended Mount Vernon Community School and George Washington High School in Del Ray.
The state’s athletics community is mourning the loss of Alexandria native C.J. Woollum, a longtime men’s basketball coach and athletics director at Christopher Newport University. Woollum passed away Wednesday following a battle with brain cancer. He was 64. Woollum, who attended Mount Vernon Community School and George Washington High School in Del Ray, coached basketball at the Newport News school from 1984 to 2010, winning 502 games and leading the Captains to NCAA Tournament appearances. He also served as the university’s athletic director for 25 years beginning in 1987. “His tireless efforts had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of student-athletes, coaches and colleagues,” reads a statement on the CNU website. “C.J. led …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Del. Scott Surovell paid tribute to Addie in his 'The Dixie Pig' blog named after a favorite restaurant of his grandmother's.
Hayfield Farms resident and entrepreneur Adelaide 'Addie' Arthur died on Thursday, March 22, 2012. She was 73. Addie's family was the owner and operator of many businesses, opening the Dixie Pig BBQ restaurants, according to the Legacy obituary in The Washington Post. "People from all across the country have raved about the Dixie Pig, including weatherman Willard Scott," the Legacy obituary reads. "The restaurant was also featured on an episode of CSI." According to The Washington Post, the first Dixie Pig opened in 1924 on Powhatan Street in Alexandria. Now it's Vaso's Kitchen, but the old Dixie Pig signage still sits atop the restaurant. The second Dixie Pig location opened on Route 1 in 1946. Although the location at Beacon Hill Road …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
As funeral services are held this week in California and Michigan, Alexandria recalls Betty Ford as a mother and wife involved in the community, before she stepped onto national stage as first lady.
As Betty Ford's friends, family and national dignitaries gathered Tuesday for funeral services for the former first lady in Palm Desert, Calif., and prepare for services in Grand Rapids, Mich., Alexandria recalled Ford's years in the city where the family raised their four children. The Fords, especially Betty, could often be seen out and about in Alexandria in their years here from the mid 1950s to 1974, whether it was strolling through their Clover neighborhood, visiting their sons’ high school, T.C. Williams, shopping for groceries at Safeway near Bradlee Shopping Center or dining at Chez Andree on East Glebe Road. “I remember going to Safeway with my Mom and Dad, and she would say ‘hi’ and talk to everyone who was up there,” said Lee …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Beloved middle school teacher, coach honored with memorial service
Dr. Michael Vitez was a beloved match teacher, tennis coach and friend to many. During a memorial service in his honor Saturday at George Washington Middle School, friends, students, family members and his players all spoke of his generosity, positive spirit and warm heart. “He was the quintessential middle school teacher,” said Alexandria School Board member Sheryl Gorsuch, whose three children had Vitez as a math teacher at GWMS. “He really understood teenagers.” Vitez passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 5 at his home in Gordonsville. He was just 46. But it was evident during the 90-minute service that he touched the lives of many people. He built lasting bonds and empowered his students to think big. “He moved and inspired us through his …