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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Dorothy M. Betz Georgetown Associate Professor

Dorothy M. Betz, 70, who had been a Georgetown University associate professor of French, died April 13 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County of a torn aorta. She was a McLean resident.

Dr. Betz joined the Georgetown faculty in 1972 and had served as secretary of the faculty senate and as vice president of the Georgetown chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

She published articles in scholarly journals, particularly on leading French authors of the 19th and 20th century. She was associate editor of Romance Quarterly, a scholarly journal on Romance languages and literature.

Dorothy Marshall was born in Washington and raised in Prince George's County. She was a 1957 graduate of Bladensburg High School. She won an academic scholarship to George Washington University, where she graduated in 1961. Later that decade, she received a master's degree and a doctorate in French from Cornell University.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Paul F. Betz of McLean, a Georgetown professor emeritus of English. He said that his wife's last words as she was wheeled into the operating room were: "The midterm exams for my intermediate French students are on the desk at home. Take them in tomorrow and administer them to my students."

-- Adam Bernstein

Linda L. Green Software Engineer

Linda L. Green, 59, who had been a software engineer for Sycamore, a software company in Frederick, died of metastatic cancer April 26 at the Casey House hospice in Derwood. She lived in North Potomac.

Mrs. Green began her career in 1975 in advertising at what is now DDB. She received a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Maryland in 1989 and started working at IBM as a systems engineer.

After similar jobs at Norell and Lockheed Martin, Mrs. Green joined Sycamore in 2001. The company creates software for the government.

Linda Lord was born in Tulsa. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in psychology in 1974. She received a master's degree in software engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1989.

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