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Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Helen Olson of Arlington, and a sister.

Doris Evans McGinty Music Professor

Doris Valean Evans McGinty, 79, a musicologist and professor of music at Howard University for many years, died April 5 of coronary disease at Washington Hospital Center.

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Dr. McGinty was born in Washington, on Irving Street in the shadow of Howard University. She graduated from Dunbar Senior High School in 1941.

Even as a youngster, she displayed a gift for music, particularly the piano. She completed her bachelor's degree in music education at Howard in 1945, with a second bachelor's in German. She also worked as a librarian in the music department of the Library of Congress.

A mentor encouraged her to apply to Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass., where she received a master of arts degree in one year. It was a significant feat, since she was the only African American in her class and was taking a double load to finish in a year.

In 1947, she returned to Howard to teach music. She received a Fulbright fellowship to study at Oxford University, where, after two years, she received a doctorate in musicology in 1953. She was one of the first American women to receive a doctorate in musicology from Oxford.

Returning to Howard, she continued to teach and, for eight years, chaired the music department. She retired in 1991.

As a musicologist, Dr. McGinty's focus was on the contributions of African American musicians, particularly Washington area artists. She also was an expert on 20th-century black musical comedy and the growth of music study at Howard. Her publications include articles in the Black Music Research Journal and contributions to a 1998 book on Paul Robeson. In 2004, she edited the volume "National Association of Negro Musicians: A Documentary History," published by the Center for Black Music Research.

At Howard, she taught history of music courses required for music majors, which allowed her to be in contact with most of the department's undergraduate students, a number of whom became music educators, musicologists, ethnomusicologists and performers. From 1976 through 2005, she helped prepare liner notes for the Howard University jazz ensemble albums.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Milton O. McGinty of Washington; three children, broadcaster Derek McGinty of Silver Spring, Dana McGinty of Washington and Lisa Toppin of Castro Valley, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

Jerome Delmas Escoe Interior Department Official

Jerome Delmas Escoe, 86, a former journalist and lawyer who worked on Capitol Hill and for four federal agencies before retiring in 1986 from the Interior Department as special assistant to an undersecretary, died of complications from pneumonia March 29 at Holy Cross Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Escoe had been a civil rights advocate, newspaper editor and lawyer in his native Missouri before moving to Washington in 1955. That year, he accepted an appointment by Sen. Thomas C. Hennings Jr. (D-Mo.) to serve as assistant counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights.

In 1961, he left the subcommittee to work as the attorney adviser to the Board of Veterans' Appeals at the Veterans Administration. In the next few years, he worked as a public information specialist for the Agency for International Development and special assistant to the General Counsel of the Small Business Administration.

From 1968 to 1983, he was attorney adviser in the Office of Legislative Counsel in the Interior Department. He then spent three years as an undersecretary's special assistant.

Mr. Escoe was born in Muskogee, Okla., and raised in Kansas City, Mo., where he was editor of his high school newspaper. He graduated from the University of Kansas, where he championed greater African American representation on the student council.

He entered the Army during World War II and served in North Africa as a special agent in the Security Intelligence Corps.

After the war, he began his career as a journalist, working as a reporter for the Kansas City Call. While rising to the position of city editor, he attended and graduated from what is now the University of Missouri at Kansas City law school.

He was preceded in death by a son, Carlton Terrell Escoe, in 1980.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Geneva "Gigi" Escoe of Silver Spring; four children, Nina Carter of Leawood, Kan., and Jerome Delmas Escoe Jr., Antoinette Price and Consuelo Escoe, all of Silver Spring; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


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