Mary Elizabeth Beckwith Artist
Mary Elizabeth Beckwith, 83, a longtime Vienna resident and amateur artist, died of cancer April 7 at a hospice care center near her winter home in Palm Beach, Fla.
Mrs. Beckwith, who had lived in Northern Virginia since 1970, studied philosophy at Old Dominion University and art at Northern Virginia Community College.
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In 1980, she undertook the design and reconstruction of Lowland Station Farm, which included a two-story, 1890s house in Vienna. She and her husband, Reynolds Beckwith, a career Naval officer, had lived in the farmhouse since 1983.
Mrs. Beckwith was born in Kennewick, Wash., and was raised in San Jose and Carmel, Calif. As a young woman, she owned a beauty salon and studied portrait painting with artist Abel Warshawsky.
In the 1950s and 1960s, she accompanied her husband on his military assignments in Newfoundland and elsewhere.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two children, Karen Royce Beckwith of Lenox, Mass., and Reynolds William Beckwith of Great Falls; a brother; and four granddaughters.
Clyde Golesberry Hurst Jr. Mechanical and Electrical Engineer
Clyde Golesberry Hurst Jr., 85, founder and president of Hurst & Associates, an engineering consulting firm in Falls Church, died of septic shock March 28 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.
Mr. Hurst had worked for Marriott Corp. in Washington as its head engineer before leaving to start his own firm in 1968. From then on, he specialized in mechanical, electrical and plumbing services for commercial and industrial construction projects.
He was a founding member of the National Association of Solar Engineers and a pioneer in early applications of energy conservation and heat reclamation systems for commercial construction.
Mr. Hurst, a licensed engineer in 30 states, kept an active work schedule until his death, coming into the office five days a week.
He was a member of the National Association of Professional Engineers, the National Association of Consulting Engineers and the Washington Golf and Country Club.
Mr. Hurst, an Arlington resident, was a native of Mount Harris, Colo., and a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. He received an officer's commission while at Yale University and served with the 8th Air Force, 95th B-17 Bomb Group, stationed in Eye, England.
After the war, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a number of universities in the Washington area. He then worked for a refrigeration design company before joining Marriott.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Addah Jane Ludden Hurst of Arlington; three children, Clyde G. Hurst III, John Ludden Hurst and Margaret Hurst Bocek, all of Arlington; a brother; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.