Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Margaret Day Anthon Social Worker, Volunteer

Margaret Day Anthon, 97, a former social worker, volunteer and homemaker, died of congestive heart failure March 22 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Anthon, a District resident since 1962, was a volunteer with the Washington Bach Consort and several environmental campaigns, including the effort to ban supersonic transport planes from U.S. airports in the 1970s.

She was born in Boise, Idaho, and grew up in Lincoln, Neb. She graduated from the University of Nebraska and received a master's degree in social work from Northwestern University in the mid-1930s. She worked in Chicago, Syracuse, N.Y., and New York City until 1946, when the YWCA sent her to Berlin to establish a settlement house.

She married in 1949 and became a full-time homemaker. Mrs. Anthon enjoyed traveling, gardening, entertaining and attending cultural events. She also tutored at Roosevelt and Dunbar high schools in the District. During the Clinton administration, she volunteered in the correspondence office of the first lady. She enjoyed spending part of each summer with family members in a cabin in the Colorado Rockies.

Her husband, Carl G. Anthon, died in 1996.

Survivors include two children, Gregory Anthon of Englewood, N.J., and Susan Richardson of Bowie; a stepson, Christopher Anthon of Rockford, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Ann M. Burke Business Owner

Ann M. Burke, 76, co-founder, director and officer of the Parvus Co. of Silver Spring and its sister company, Jerico International of Bermuda, died March 30 at her home in Bethesda. She had lung cancer.

Mrs. Burke started the companies with her husband in 1984. The businesses provide security and intelligence for law firms, Fortune 500 companies and U.S. companies overseas.

Ann Marie Burke, whose maiden name was also Burke, was a native of Washington and graduated from the Academy of the Holy Cross in 1949. She received a bachelor's degree in economics from the old Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross in 1953.

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