Friday, July 13, 2007

Diana M. LawryAging Specialist

Diana M. Lawry, 59, a specialist in the field of aging for 30 years, died of cancer June 17 at her home in Bethesda.

Ms. Lawry spent her career working with and for older adults. Most recently, she was an aging services program specialist with the Center for Planning and Policy Development at the U.S. Administration on Aging and Department of Health and Human Services, where she was working at the time of her death.

Previously, she worked for the Academy of Educational Development, a Washington-based research and evaluation organization, where her focus was on health promotion programs for older people. She also had been deputy director of AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly program. In 1985, she created and managed AARP's Volunteer Talent Bank, a computer-based system to match older volunteers with nonprofit agencies worldwide.

Ms. Lawry was born in Merrick, N.Y., and graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She received a master's degree in education in 1978. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and, as an accomplished folk singer and guitarist, traveled the U.S. coffeehouse circuit in the 1960s with a band.

In 1975, she designed and directed the first adult day-care center in Massachusetts, the Amherst Center. She established and directed the home-care division of a multicounty Area Agency on Aging in Massachusetts and later became planning coordinator of the Massachusetts Department of Elder Affairs before moving to Washington in 1981.

Survivors include a son, Will Davenport of Bethesda; her father, William Lawry Sr. of Springfield; and a brother.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Jeffery Allan MeekinsChurch Member

Jeffery Allan Meekins, 71, a member of Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, died of respiratory and congestive heart failure June 7 at the Washington Home hospice. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Meekins was born in London, the son of a Foreign Service officer and a teacher. He also lived in Johannesburg; Cairo; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Ontario, Canada, and after attending Johns Hopkins University, he returned to the Washington area, where he spent the rest of his life. He graduated from American University and also did postgraduate work there in history.

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