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Robert Clow; Katherine Dodson; James Farlekas; Shirley Fearey; Jean Herdt

Saturday, March 13, 2010; B06

Robert B. Clow Auto Salesman

Robert B. Clow, 64, a retired auto salesman, died March 3 at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond. He had complications from heart surgery.

From the late 1970s until his retirement in 1999, Mr. Clow sold cars for a number of dealers in Maryland and Virginia, including Bill Cairns Pontiac and Ourisman Chevrolet, both in Temple Hills. He worked previously for several years as a Prince George's County police officer.

Robert Bruce Clow was born in Washington and grew up in Oxon Hill. He graduated in 1963 from Oxon Hill High School, where he was a standout baseball player, and then served four years in the Air Force.

Mr. Clow, a longtime Waldorf resident, moved to Tappahannock, Va., in 2006. He enjoyed golf and traveling to Civil War-era historical sites.

His first marriage, to Diana Mundell, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, the former Sandra Shelton, of Tappahannock; two children from his first marriage, Kelly Jones and Robert Clow, both of Glen Burnie; a stepson, Todd Coburn of Winchester, Va.; two brothers, Gordon Clow of Annandale and Douglas Clow of Solomons; and a sister, Courtney Dempsey of St. Leonard.

-- Emma Brown

Katherine F. Dodson D.C. Teacher, Principal

Katherine F. Dodson, 88, a D.C. public schools teacher who served as principal of the old Grimke Elementary School in the 1960s, died March 6 at a hospital in Durham, N.C., of complications after a stroke.

After leaving Grimke in 1967, she became director of Head Start, the federal early-education program for low-income children, in Northwest Washington. After retiring in 1972, she was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare until 1979.

Katherine Foster was a District native and a 1939 graduate of Dunbar High School. Her parents ran Foster's Dye Works, at the corner of U and 11th streets NW, a shop whose errand boy was future bandleader and composer Duke Ellington.

Mrs. Dodson graduated in 1943 from Miner Teachers College in the District and received a master's degree in early childhood education from New York University.

A District resident until moving to Durham in 2006, she was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church and a volunteer with the local chapter of The Links Inc., a women's service organization.

She served on the board of directors for the Episcopal Center for Children and the D.C. chapter of the Visiting Nurse Association. She sat on the board of advisers for a scholarship program run by the Washington National Cathedral.

Her husband of 51 years, Louis Berry Dodson, died in 2002.

Survivors include a son, David Louis Dodson of Durham.

-- Emma Brown

James P. Farlekas Postal Clerk

James P. Farlekas, 90, who spent more than 25 years as a Postal Service clerk before retiring in 1986 from the main post office in Washington, died of kidney failure March 1 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Mr. Farlekas, a District resident, was a waiter at Washington area hotels before joining the Postal Service.

James Peter Farlekas was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

His memberships included Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Washington and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jean Vlahos Farlekas of Washington; and a brother.

-- Adam Bernstein

Shirley Fearey Volunteer

Shirley G. Fearey, 84, a volunteer with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic's Washington chapter and past chairman of its board of advisers, died March 7 at her home in Washington. She had complications from bowel surgery.

Mrs. Fearey spent much of her early life accompanying her husband on his Foreign Service assignments, predominately in Asia. Her husband, Robert Fearey, who died in 2004, was the last U.S. civil administrator of Okinawa before it reverted to Japanese control in 1972.

After settling in the Washington area around that time, Mrs. Fearey became active in community and civic groups, and she received several honors for her work. She was past president of the Washington-Tokyo Women's Club and served on the board of the Japan-America Society. Her other memberships included the Metropolitan and Chevy Chase clubs. She did volunteer work at Martha's Table, a soup kitchen in Washington.

Shirley Granum, a Milwaukee native, attended George Washington University. She worked briefly as a British Broadcasting Corp. secretary in Washington before marrying in 1945.

Survivors include five children, Seth Fearey, a Peace Corps administrator in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Barbara West of Bethesda, Ann Fearey of Jupiter, Fla., Peter Fearey of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Paul Fearey of McLean; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Jean R. Herdt NIH radiologist

Jean R. Herdt, 82, a radiologist at the National Institutes of Health who specialized in the imaging of lymphoma, died of a brain tumor Feb. 18 at his home in Bethesda.

Dr. Herdt graduated from George Washington University's medical school in 1955 and joined the U.S. Public Health Service. He spent two years in Greece and Austria finishing his internship before returning for his residency in diagnostic radiology at NIH.

He retired as the deputy chief of diagnostic radiology in 1997.

Jean Robert Herdt, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He served in the Army in Japan before enrolling in medical school at GWU.

In retirement, Dr. Herdt tutored at local elementary schools through the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Krista Mauksch, of Bethesda; a son, Martin Herdt of Mount Airy; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

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