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Obituaries

In retirement, he joined the New Carrollton community band and became its leader. He performed with the band at concerts and Fourth of July celebrations for more than 10 years.

He lived in New Carrollton from 1958 to 2006 and was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in College Park.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Roberta E. English of Silver Spring; two sons, Robert English of Chevy Chase and Michael English of Germantown; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

-- Matt Schudel

Antonio 'Tony' Califa Public Servant

Antonio "Tony" Califa, 61, a longtime public servant who most recently was director of litigation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a law professor at American University, died April 25 at his home in Silver Spring. He had heart disease.

Mr. Califa retired from the Agriculture Department in 2007 after almost a decade. Earlier, he had served as director of the Transportation Department's civil rights office; chief legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union; and deputy assistant secretary and director for litigation, enforcement and policy at the Education Department's civil rights office.

Antonio Javier Califa was a native of Edinburg, Tex., and a 1970 government graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He was a 1973 graduate of Yale University's law school.

After graduating from Yale, he served briefly as assistant attorney general of Colorado. He moved to the Washington area shortly afterward. For the past several semesters, he taught legislation and public policy as an adjunct professor at American University law school. He wrote extensively on civil rights issues for legal and general interest publications.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Griselda Balli Califa, and two children, Michael A. Califa and Katherine P. Califa, all of Silver Spring; two sisters; and a granddaughter.

-- Alexander F. Remington


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