Sunday, January 18, 2009

Diana D. Whitfield Realtor

Diana D. Whitfield, 67, a Northern Virginia Realtor who worked for Long & Foster in Burke, died Dec. 31 at her home in Fairfax Station. She had cancer.

Mrs. Whitfield began her real estate career in 1980 when she moved with her family to Virginia from Illinois. She first joined Town and Country Realty in Burke and in 1994 started her career with Long & Foster.

Mrs. Whitfield was so dedicated to her real estate business that in January 1996, during one of the Washington region's biggest snowstorms, she skied cross-country a half-mile to open her real estate office so she could write up a purchase offer on a house. She told The Washington Post, "If you're not out doing it, someone else might be."

Diana Wells Duke was born in Chicago. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Denver in 1963 and a master's degree in education from the University of Southern California in 1970.

Before moving to the Washington area, she had taught in Illinois, Indiana and California public schools.

She was a member of Burke Presbyterian Church and a former docent at historic Gunston Hall Plantation in Mason Neck.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, retired Army Lt. Col. Jim Whitfield of Fairfax Station; two sons, Mark Whitfield of Encinitas, Calif., and Scott Whitfield of Burke; a sister; and five grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Guy Smith Editor, Hill Staffer

Guy F. Smith, 72, a fixture on Capitol Hill for more than four decades who was most recently managing editor of a publication of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, died Dec. 30 at his home in Alexandria after a heart attack.

Mr. Smith joined the Conference of Mayors in 1988. Since 1995, he had been managing editor of the conference's newspaper, U.S. Mayor. He was also director of the conference's intern program.

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