William van den Toorn U.S. Official, Community Activist
William Hendrik van den Toorn, 66, a Capitol Hill community activist, writer and retired federal employee, died of cancer Dec. 13 at his home in Washington.
Mr. van den Toorn had lived on Capitol Hill for the past 30 years and served two terms as an advisory neighborhood commissioner. He was chairman of the environment committee for the Capitol Hill Restoration Society and personally took over planting and maintaining a park near his home.
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He also was a senior editor for the Hill Rag newspaper, where for the past 10 years he wrote about development plans, farmers markets and the tensions between residents and the federal government.
His own career in the federal government started in 1967, when he worked as a legislative assistant to Sen. Robert Griffin (R-Mich.). The next year, he joined the Office of Economic Opportunity in its northeast regional office, where he was a public and congressional affairs officer.
Mr. van den Toorn returned to Washington in 1969 to become a staff assistant for congressional relations at the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In 1973 and 1974, Mr. van den Toorn was a federal executive fellow with the Brookings Institution, where he conducted research into the legal aspects of school desegregation and traced the history of federal enforcement efforts.
By 1977, he was director of the Office of Civil Rights' Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.
From 1980 to 1982, he served in the same position at the Department of Health and Human Services. In 1982, he became director of the planning, evaluation and budget division of the civil rights office, and from 1987 until his retirement in 1993, he was director of its Budget and Administrative Services Division.
Mr. van den Toorn was born in Montclair, N.J. When he was a child, his father, a native of the Netherlands, was appointed director of the Holland America Line, and the family moved to the Hague.
Mr. van den Toorn returned to the United States in 1949. He graduated from Brown University in 1960. In 1961, he received a master's degree in diplomatic history from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He later attended the Hague Academy of International Law and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
After retirement, Mr. van den Toorn moved to Sperryville, Va., but maintained a residence in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Susan McCaffray van den Toorn of Sperryville and Washington; a daughter, Christine van den Toorn of Washington; a sister; and a twin brother.
Nada Vodenlitch Scalettar Social Worker, Businesswoman
Nada Renee Vodenlitch Scalettar, 75, a social worker, businesswoman and patron of the arts, died of cancer and heart disease Dec. 13 at her doctor's office in Silver Spring. She was a resident of North Bethesda.
Mrs. Scalettar was born in New York City and graduated in 1950 from Barnard College. She was a social worker in New York, and among her clients were avant garde abstract expressionists, some of whom later achieved wealt and acclaim. She also operated her father's business, selling plastic funnels to the chemical industry.
She moved to the Washington area with her husband in 1954.