Adele L. Hutchins, high school teacher

December 18, 2012

Adele L. Hutchins, a D.C. public schools teacher who taught government and psychology from the early 1970s until her retirement in 1986, and who participated in integration efforts in the District in the 1950s, died Dec. 12 of congestive heart failure at Riderwood Village, a retirement community in Silver Spring. She was 88. Her daughter Loraine Hutchins confirmed the death.

Mrs. Hutchins taught government at Woodrow Wilson High School in the 1980s and helped develop a course on social psychology. She previously had taught at her alma mater, Calvin Coolidge Senior High School.

Adele Loraine Reese was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Coolidge High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from American University in 1948 and a master’s degree in urban learning from George Washington University in 1973.

In the 1950s, Mrs. Hutchins helped lead efforts to integrate Brightwood Park Methodist Church in the District. She also worked to end housing discrimination and was a founder of Neighbors Inc., one of the city’s first integrated citizens associations.

Mrs. Hutchins was a member of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington and was active in its Religion, Race and Culture group. She was instrumental in an advocating that the church be more welcoming toward  the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She received an award from her church in 2000 for her “lifetime commitment to justice and fighting oppression.”

She was a Takoma Park resident before moving to Riderwood Village in 2001.

Her husband of 54 years, Thomas Hutchins, died in 2001. Survivors include two daughters, Loraine Hutchins of Takoma Park and Rebecca Hutchins of Longmont, Colo.; and a grandson.

— Megan McDonough

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