Friday, September 18, 2009

Margaret L. King D.C. Librarian

Margaret L. King, 99, who held top positions with the D.C. Public Library for many years, died Aug. 19 at the Washington Home hospice in the District. She had vascular dementia.

Mrs. King joined the D.C. library system in 1949 and started its business division. She was acting director of the newly built Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for several years in the 1970s and retired as chief of the library's fiction division in 1979.

Margaret Lydia Manley was born in Chicago and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota. She received a master's degree in library science from Catholic University in 1952 and was a member of the American Library Association.

In 1937, she married R. Sherwood King, whose 1938 novel, "If I Die Before I Wake," was the basis for the Orson Welles movie "The Lady From Shanghai." They were divorced in 1954.

Survivors include three children, Jeffery Sherwood King and Margaret Sherry King, both of Washington, and Randolph Richard King of New York City.

-- Matt Schudel

Clarence N. Lee Coast Guard Property Officer

Clarence N. Lee, 87, a retired property officer with the Coast Guard, died Aug. 27 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Honolulu. He had homes in Bethesda and Honolulu.

Mr. Lee held various positions as a civilian employee at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington from 1952 to 1979, ultimately becoming a property officer, charged with keeping track of Coast Guard materials.

From 1981 to 1987, he lived in Belgrade, Vienna and Islamabad, where his wife was stationed with the U.S. Information Agency. In Islamabad, he taught Korean at the U.S. Embassy.

Clarence Nolan Lee was born in Honolulu and helped clean up damage after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He served in an Army grave registration unit during and after World War II.

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