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Jacqueline G. Sutton, USDA official

Jacqueline G. Sutton, 84, who was one of the first women in the Senior Executive Service at what is now the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, died Sept. 26 at her son’s house in Needham, Mass.

She had cancer, said her son Bruce Sutton.

Mrs. Griffin joined the USDA in 1980 and held managerial positions before moving in 1983 to the Soil Conservation Service, now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service. She retired in 1986 as the associate deputy chief of administration.

Jacqueline Rose Griffin, a fourth-generation Washingtonian, was a 1941 graduate of Dunbar High School. She was a 1948 education graduate of the old Miner Teachers College in the District and received a master’s degree in library science from Catholic University in 1964.

She then joined the General Services Administration and served from 1969 to 1980 as a chief of what is now the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Training Institute.

An Annapolis resident, she volunteered with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Anne Arundel County and was a mediator for the Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center. She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha social sorority.

Her first marriage, to James Sutton, ended in divorce. Her second husband, Clifton Butler, died in 1981 after six years of marriage.

Survivors include two sons from her first marriage, James Sutton III of Gaithersburg and Bruce Sutton of Needham; two sisters, Sylvia Oliver of Silver Spring and Doris Whittenburg of Hazel Crest, Ill.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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