Domenick Joseph Arone Publisher
Domenick Joseph Arone, 85, a retired publisher of newspapers, magazines and shoppers' publications, died Feb. 4 of complications from cardiac and pulmonary fibrosis at his residence at the Virginian in the Fairfax City area. Mr. Arone, who was known as "Dom" or "DJ," had lived in the area since 1948, primarily in Fairfax City and Centreville.
He was born in Cambridge, Mass., and graduated from Boston University in 1941 with a degree in journalism. During World War II, he served as a Marine fighter pilot and participated in the invasions of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, New Britain, Peleliu, Okinawa and the Philippines. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, an Air Medal with six gold stars and a naval unit citation.
A year after moving to the area, he began his newspaper publishing career with the Lee Highway Shopper, which later became the Arlington News. His company, Arone Publications, produced more than 30 publications over the years, including the Pentagram News and the Navy News. He retired in 1980.
He was a member and officer of both the Arlington Kiwanis Club and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and served as president of the Northern Virginia Press Club in 1974-75. He also served as president of the Arlington Red Cross and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of the Moose.
His marriage to Mary-Elizabeth "Kitty" Arone ended in divorce.
Survivors include four children, Carol Arone of Lincolnville, Maine, Janice Arone of Charlottesville, Barbara Way of Linden and Donald Arone of Springfield; and four grandchildren.
Dorothy Q. Tirrell Clagett Ambassadorial Aide
Dorothy Quincy Tirrell Clagett, 90, who assisted diplomats as an aide at the State Department, died Jan. 30 at Collington Episcopal Life Care Community in Mitchellville, where she had resided since 2003. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Clagett, a Washington native, was the granddaughter of a congressman from Massachusetts, Charles Quincy Tirrell, and graduated from the Potomac School and National Cathedral School. She also attended the Ogontz School for Girls in Abington, Pa., and the Seagle Colony, a music school in Schroon Lake, N.Y. Mrs. Clagett was a skilled singer and pianist.
After volunteering for the Red Cross, Mrs. Clagett took a position as a secretary with the State Department near the end of World War II. Because of her knowledge of diplomacy and Washington, she quickly advanced to the position of ambassadorial aide.
She kept large scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, which enabled her to provide services and information to U.S. and international diplomatic offices and to respond to questions from the media. A State Department newsletter once described her as "Encyclopedia Tirrell."
She worked at the State Department until the mid-1950s, resigning to care for her aging mother.
Mrs. Clagett was a member of the Sulgrave Club, the Chevy Chase Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames of America and the English-Speaking Union. An endowment at the College of William and Mary to benefit students studying in Washington bears her name.
She often attended musical events throughout the city. She supported various endeavors at American University, Gallaudet University, Washington National Cathedral and Christ Church in Georgetown. She lived for 76 years in a house on Wyoming Avenue in the District that was previously the home of Warren G. Harding, immediately before he became president in 1921.
Mrs. Clagett donated many antique pieces of furniture and decorative art to the State Department, museums and libraries.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Page Bowie Clagett of Mitchellville.
Beatrice Boyd Martin Mair Public Health Advocate, Teacher
Beatrice Boyd Martin Mair, 97, a teacher and public health advocate, died of complications from a stroke Jan. 27 at the Thomas House care facility in Washington.
She worked for the D.C. Department of Health and then the Department of Human Resources from 1964 to 1975, when she retired. Her last position was as chief of manpower resources development for hospitals and medical care administration.
A native Washingtonian, she graduated from Dunbar High School and Miner Normal School in 1926.
After graduating from Miner, she taught in New Hope, N.C., married Harold Douglas Martin and moved to Petersburg, Va. They moved back to Washington in 1928, and she became a teacher at Wilson Elementary School and later became the health and physical education teacher at the experimental Charles Young Platoon School.
While her husband was in the Army Air Corps at Tuskegee, Ala., during World War II, she worked toward a bachelor's degree from Tuskegee Institute, which she received in 1943. Martin was killed in a military crash in 1945.
Three years later, she completed her master's degree in public health at the University of Michigan and then worked as a public health educator and director of the health education division of Wayne County, Mich. She realized then the perils of cigarette smoking and began campaigning against the addiction.
She remarried in 1954 and in 1961 moved to Harrisburg, Pa., where she became a consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Health for the next three years. In 1964, they returned to the District.
She was a past president of the Northeasterners and a member of the Futurists Club and the Crafters Club. She was also a fellow of the American Public Health Association and a member of the Society of Public Health Educators and the American Society for Public Administration. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where she served on the altar guild and as a lay reader.
She enjoyed world travel and family reunions.
Her second husband, Dennis E. Mair, died in 1972.
Survivors include twin sons from her first marriage, Harold Martin and Ernest Martin, both of Washington; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Max 'Mickey' Steinberg Optician
Max "Mickey" Steinberg, 89, an optician who owned two businesses in Washington, died of congestive heart disease Feb. 7 at Holy Cross Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Burtonsville, where he lived.
Mr. Steinberg owned Farragut Opticians on I Street from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s, and he fitted glasses for a number of notable people, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.), Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson, Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), actress Judy Holliday and actor Zero Mostel.
He also owned Precision Optical, which for many years was the only shop in the Washington area that repaired optical equipment. He worked until he was 81.
Mr. Steinberg was a member of Indian Spring Country Club. He enjoyed golf and tennis and won several awards for ballroom dancing.
His first wife, Bertha Steinberg, died in 1975.
His second wife of 24 years, Thelma Wiseman Steinberg, died in 2001.
Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Dr. Melvyn Steinberg of Vero Beach, Fla., and Ellen Laupus of Columbia; a stepdaughter, Beth Albernaze of Olney; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.