Timothy V.A. DillonLawyer
Timothy V.A. Dillon, 89, a Washington lawyer who had a solo private practice specializing in environmental law, died of pneumonia Dec. 27 at the Washington Home hospice.
Mr. Dillon had a law practice in Washington for more than 60 years, most of that time in the Rust Building at 15th and K streets NW. He worked on water and environmental issues, representing California state and municipal agencies, including such major clients as the California Water Resources Board and the Westlands Water District.
Mr. Dillon was a Chicago native and a 1941 graduate of Loyola University. He received a law degree from Catholic University in Washington in 1944.
In the 1950s, he was a consultant to the Interior Department for the Virgin Island Corp., negotiating leases for businesses on federal land. He also did pro bono legal work over the years for indigent and elderly D.C. residents.
As a community volunteer, Mr. Dillon was instrumental in the founding of the Friends of the National Zoo. FONZ was formed while he was president of what is now the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, which organized a committee to propose ways to improve the condition of the zoo and its surrounding area.
Mr. Dillon was an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Washington. He also was an avid sailor and early member of the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Katherine Esdohr Dillon of Washington; five sons, James Dillon of Clovis, Calif., Brian Dillon of Arlington, Mark Dillon of Tampa, David Dillon of Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, and Anthony Dillon of Greensboro, N.C.; five daughters, Helen Dillon Boorman of Washington, Jane Dillon Engwall of Timonium, Lisa Dillon of Falmouth, Maine, Abigail Dillon Mullan of Bethesda and Katherine Dillon of New York; and 16 grandchildren.
A daughter, Anne Dillon, died in 1962.
Harold S. ChuProfessor
Harold S. Chu, 82, a retired professor and director of the Center for Bilingual-Multicultural-ESL Education at George Mason University, died of cancer Dec. 11 at Capital Hospice in Arlington. He lived in Fairfax.
While a faculty member at George Mason from 1980 to 2002, Dr. Chu helped to solidify the university's bilingual education program. Among his responsibilities was grant writing to win government funding for the center, which awarded scholarships to graduate students preparing to become teachers of English as a second language.
He established faculty exchange programs with universities in Korea and Japan. He also wrote several books, contributed book chapters and published articles on language education and Asian and U.S. cultural issues, among other topics. In the late 1990s, he participated in the President's Initiative on Race, a national effort using dialogue in local communities to quell racial tensions.
Over the years, he received a number of professional honors and awards, including one in 1978 for volunteer work with D.C. public schools.