Dave Von Sothen; WRC Radio, TV Broadcaster

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Dave von Sothen, 81, a WRC broadcaster who won two local Emmy Awards in 1962 for a documentary about Griffith Stadium, died Aug. 12 of pneumonia at Georgetown University Hospital. He was a Washington resident.

Mr. von Sothen worked for WRC radio and television for 20 years as a news writer and host of programs such as "Four Corners News" and "Dimension Washington."

His Emmys were awarded for writing and producing "The Last Out," a documentary on the life of Griffith Stadium, the home of the Washington Senators baseball team.

After leaving WRC, Mr. von Sothen worked for the CIA, collaborating on an experimental television workshop at the agency's headquarters.

The workshop created video intelligence briefings for the White House and State Department and has since grown into a full-fledged department.

Mr. von Sothen, born in Schenectady, N.Y., served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. After the war, he graduated from Northwestern University and moved to Washington in 1952.

He was a former president of the local chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, now known as the Society of Professional Journalists.

He was also a founder of the Washington Quarter Century Broadcasters Club and was a member of the National Press Club.

A resident of the Burleith neighborhood for more than 40 years, he served on the board of the Jelleff Boys and Girls Club, contributed to the neighborhood newsletter and volunteered for the unsuccessful mayoral campaigns of D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large).

Mr. von Sothen was a deacon and elder at Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

His wife of 40 years, Anne von Sothen, died in April.

Survivors include a son, John von Sothen of Paris, and two grandchildren.

-- Patricia Sullivan


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