News Obituaries for Editions of April 3, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

Margaret D. Beyersdorfer Director, Volunteer

Margaret D. Beyersdorfer, 77, director of membership for the Association of American Colleges and Universities from 1979 to 1994, died March 26 of pneumonia at her home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Beyersdorfer also volunteered for the Montgomery County Board of Education for more than 20 years, beginning in 1958. She served on an advisory council, task force and policy committee. In addition, she sat on the boards of Wood Acres Elementary School and Walt Whitman High School, among others.

Margaret Ann Duffy, a native of Cincinnati, received a bachelor's degree in 1953 and a master's degree in 1954, both in modern European history from the University of Cincinnati.

She moved to the Washington area in 1955 and worked at the Library of Congress. After she passed the Federal Service entrance exam, she was one of the first female management interns to work at the National Institutes of Health in the late 1950s.

She also volunteered for the League of Women Voters for 20 years, beginning in 1958. She served on a foreign policy committee and was part of the league's speakers' bureau.

Her husband of 47 years, James R. Beyersdorfer, died in 2002.

Survivors include three children, Marcie Beyersdorfer of Petersburg, W.Va., and Gavin Beyersdorfer and Anne Beyersdorfer, both of Bethesda; and two granddaughters.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Helen H. Henderson Sales Associate

Helen H. Henderson, 99, a sales associate at the old Rose Williams, a women's specialty store in Bethesda, died March 21 of a heart attack at Brook Grove, a nursing home in Sandy Spring.

Mrs. Henderson, whose maiden name also was Henderson, was a Washington native. She graduated from the old Western High School in 1927 and received a bachelor's degree in English from George Washington University in 1932.

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