Moira H. Dawson, secretary, volunteer

April 4, 2013

Moira H. Dawson, 64, a District resident who worked for the State Department, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger and Laura Bush when she was first lady, died April 2 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

She had complications from pancreatic cancer, said her husband, Thomas C. Dawson II, a retired chief spokesman for the International Monetary Fund.

Moira Jane Haley was born in San Francisco and settled in the Washington area after receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of San Francisco in 1970.

She joined the State Department in 1972 and later was a secretary in the political section at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, where her husband was stationed as an economic officer. In the late 1970s and early ’80s, she worked in the private Washington office of Kissinger.

During the Bush administration, Mrs. Dawson volunteered in the White House correspondence office before being employed as a writer in the first lady’s office.

She was a past volunteer at Horace Mann Elementary School in the District, which her children attended. She also volunteered with Missionaries of Charity, a religious organization, and literacy groups including Reading Partners and the Language, Education and Technology Center in Washington.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Thomas C. Dawson II of Washington; three children, Thomas C. Dawson III of Baltimore, Andrew Dawson of San Francisco and Catherine Dawson of Oakland, Calif.; two sisters; three brothers; and two grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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