Barbara D. Marmet dies; founder of Frederick radio station WAFY-FM

Barbara D. Marmet, the founder, president and chief executive of WAFY (Key 103.1 FM) in Frederick, Md., died Oct. 20 at a hospital in Raleigh, N.C. She was 88.

The cause was a stroke, said a son, Richard A. Marmet.

Mrs. Marmet settled in the Washington area in 1953 and did volunteer work for the American Red Cross, the Navy League, the private Landon and St. Albans schools, and the United Way. She was a member of the Junior League of Washington, the Sulgrave Club and the Chevy Chase Club.

She and her husband, a communications lawyer, moved to Frederick from Bethesda in 1984, and she continued her involvement in civic and community affairs groups, including the Rotary Club. In 1990, she started the radio station, which played contemporary pop hits. She sold it 15 years later.

Barbara Jean Driscoll was a native of Omaha and a 1947 graduate of the University of Michigan.

She received volunteer awards from the United Way and other community groups. She had been a resident of Boca Grande, Fla., since 2002.

Her husband of 61 years, Robert A. Marmet, died in 2009.

Survivors include four children, Lynne M. McCombs of Bethesda, Robert G. Marmet of the Fauquier County, Va., community of Marshall, Richard A. Marmet of Manhattan, N.Y., and Roger D. Marmet of Chevy Chase, Md.; a sister, Carolyn D. Hoyt of Washington; and 10 grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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