Irma Greenspoon, tour guide and volunteer

December 29, 2013
Irma Greenspoon
tour guide, volunteer

Irma Greenspoon, who operated a Washington tour guide service and was a Smithsonian Institution volunteer, died Dec. 5 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She was 93 and a Chevy Chase resident.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said her daughter Julie Greenspoon.

Mrs. Greenspoon began her career as a volunteer tour guide, later turning professional with Guide Service of Washington. In 1984, she purchased the company and became its president. She sold the business in 1989.

Irma Rose Naiman was born in Washington and graduated from the old Central High School in 1937 and from George Washington University in 1942.

As a young woman, she was an actress in New York and Los Angeles before returning to Washington in 1954.

She was a volunteer tour guide at the Kennedy Center after it opened in 1971.

For the past 20 years, Mrs. Greenspoon volunteered at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. She was a White House volunteer during the Clinton administration.

When her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, Mrs. Greenspoon became a founder of the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ben Greenspoon of Chevy Chase; two children, Larry Greenspoon of Sebastian, Fla., and Julie Greenspoon of St. Louis; two sisters; one brother; and four grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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