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Friday, January 15, 2010

Frederick Exton Jr. State Department Officer

Frederick Exton Jr., 82, who spent 30 years at the State Department before retiring in 1984 from the board of examiners, which evaluates and selects candidates for the Foreign Service, died Dec. 30 at Georgetown University Hospital. He had Parkinson's disease and died of complications from a fall.

Dr. Exton was a consular officer for much of his career, and his assignments took him to places such as Italy, Canada and Brazil. He had had a home in Washington since 1966. He taught courses in French culture and civilization at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania from 1985 to 1995. Until recently, he taught courses at American University for what is now the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Dr. Exton was born in Paris to an American father and a French mother. He graduated in 1945 from Sidwell Friends School in Washington and served in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps in 1947 and 1948.

He graduated in 1945 from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and received a master's degree in linguistics from Georgetown University in 1970. He received a doctorate in French literature from the University of Grenoble in France in 1973.

He was a member of the French Protestant Church and St. Albans Episcopal Church, both in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Helen Torr Exton of Washington; four children, Clay Exton of Silver Spring, Lynn Marney of Calgary, Canada, Frederick Exton of Canaan, N.H., and Christopher Exton of Bethesda; a sister; and four grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Fern J. Frutchey Alexandria Teacher

Fern J. Frutchey, 76, who taught world history at Hammond High School in Alexandria from 1956 to 1965, died Dec. 29 at Inova Cameron Glen Care Center in Reston. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Frutchey, a Reston resident, was a homemaker and volunteer after leaving teaching. She did volunteer work with the American Red Cross and organizations. She was a member of United Christian Parish in Reston and Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

Fern Jennings was born in Lee County, in southwestern Virginia. She graduated in 1956 from what is now James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. She received a master's degree in world history from American University in 1968.


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