Saturday, March 7, 2009

Daniel T. Buck Jr. U.S. Capitol Police Officer

Daniel T. Buck Jr., 72, a U.S. Capitol Police officer from 1973 to 1996, died of cardiac arrest Feb. 25 at South Seminole Hospital in Longwood, Fla. He had collapsed at a rest area off an interstate in Longwood, where he was most recently working as a security officer.

A longtime resident of District Heights, Mr. Buck was a barber for 16 years at a shop he owned in the Eastover Shopping Center, just across the District line in Prince George's County.

After deciding to change careers, he attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Glynco, Ga. He moved to Florida after retiring from the U.S. Capitol Police.

Daniel Thomas Buck Jr. was born in Upper Marlboro, where he graduated from the old Frederick Sasscer High School. After Navy service, he attended a barber school in Hyattsville.

His wife of 44 years, Loretta Sprinkles Buck, died in 2006.

Survivors include two children, Deborah Hagens of Palm Coast, Fla., and Daniel T. Buck III of Fawn Grove, Pa.; his mother, Anna W. Buck of Upper Marlboro; a sister, Shirley Wyvill of Upper Marlboro; a brother, James Reed Buck of The Villages, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

-- Alexander F. Remington

Katherine Elizabeth Burtner GWU Dance Professor

Katherine Elizabeth Burtner, 102, who taught modern dance at George Washington University from 1937 until the early 1970s, died of pancreatic cancer Feb. 4 at the National Healthcare Center of Greenville, in Greer, S.C.

A Washington resident for 70 years, she is credited by GWU with introducing modern dance into the curriculum, increasing dance performances and organizing more dance groups. She joined the faculty there in 1938 as a dance instructor and archery coach in the physical education department and retired in the 1970s, after the dance program was well-established.

She was born in Hummelstown, Pa., grew up in Palmyra, Pa., and graduated from Hood College in Frederick. She received a master's degree in dance in 1935 from Columbia University and did additional graduate work at Bennington College, New York University, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the Humphrey-Weidman dance school in New York.

She moved to South Carolina in 2007 to be near a nephew.

She had no immediate family survivors.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Elizabeth C. Darne Printing Office Employee

Elizabeth Crown Darne, 98, a longtime tour guide at the Government Printing Office, died of cardio-respiratory arrest Feb. 21 at her home in Falls Church.

A native Washingtonian, she graduated from Eastern High School in 1928. She began working at the Government Printing Office in the 1940s while living in the District's Manor Park neighborhood. After taking time off to have a family, she returned to the GPO in 1960 and retired in 1970. She also moved to Falls Church in 1960.

Her husband, F. Alton Darne, died in 1989.

Survivors include a son, Richard Darne of Arlington County.

-- Patricia Sullivan

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