C. Everett “Ev” Shorey, a top Washington lobbyist for the March of Dimes who also helped widen the charitable organization’s focus to comprehensive maternal and child health care, died July 23 at his home in the District. He was 91.
The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Katherine Herold.
Mr. Shorey spent his early career as a lawyer in his father’s Chicago firm and then in Washington as deputy general counsel of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
He became active in the March of Dimes after his wife was diagnosed with polio in 1953 — just a few years before the breakthrough polio vaccines of Jonas E. Salk and Albert B. Sabin. The March of Dimes, initially formed to raise money for a polio cure, revised its mission in 1958 to target the prevention of birth defects and reduction of infant mortality.
Mr. Shorey was on the national board from 1962 to 1974, and in the early 1970s, he chaired a committee that helped the March of Dimes broaden its scope of maternal and child health concerns. In 1976, he became the first head of what is now the organization’s government affairs office.
During his eight years in that lobbying job, he advocated for legislation that included the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, a federal and state program better known as WIC.
He also chaired the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, a group that champions lower rates for the tens of millions of fundraising appeals sent by member organizations, including the March of Dimes.
Clyde Everett Shorey Jr. was a Chicago native and a member of Yale University’s Class of 1944. After serving in the Army Air Forces in India during World War II, he graduated from Columbia Law School in 1949.
He was a past treasurer of People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group, and past treasurer of its foundation. He was a past president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown and past board chairman of the Kingsbury Center in Washington, which serves children and adults with learning disabilities.
He had a second home in Great Cranberry Island, Maine, and was a past board chairman at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Joan Burgess Shorey of Washington and Great Cranberry Island; four children, C. Everett Shorey III and Katherine Herold, both of Arlington, Mass., David Shorey of Culver City, Calif., and Alden Lattu of Washington; and seven grandchildren.
— Adam Bernstein