Obituaries

Richard Hibbert, Charline Coakley, SJ Shaffran die

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Richard T. Hibbert Navy Architect

Richard T. Hibbert, 77, who worked as the Navy's chief architect for family housing, died of respiratory failure April 10 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a resident of the Greenspring retirement community in Springfield.

Mr. Hibbert served two active-duty tours as a Navy officer, aboard the heavy cruiser Toledo in the 1950s and as an architect at Yokosuka Navy Base in Japan in the 1960s. He attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

He went on to become a civilian architect for the Navy, a job that took him around the world before he retired in the mid-1980s.

For his family, Mr. Hibbert designed and built two solar homes in Fairfax County.

"I had this idea that solar houses didn't have to look strange and mechanical," he told The Washington Post in 1979. "And that's what I set out to do."

Robert Tudor Hibbert was born and raised in McMinnville, Ore. He graduated in 1955 from Oregon State University with a business degree. In 1961, he received a second bachelor's degree, in architecture, from the University of Oregon.

Mr. Hibbert enjoyed visual arts and taught sketching and photography at retirement centers.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jennie Woods Hibbert of Springfield; a daughter, Kerry Ross of Alexandria; three sons, Michael Hibbert of Spring Valley, Calif., Christopher Hibbert of Mountain View, Calif., and Stephen Hibbert of Chantilly; and a brother.

-- Emily Langer

Charline K. Coakley Procurement Officer

Charline K. Coakley, 80, who spent many years as a government procurement officer, died May 4 of lung cancer at home in Bethesda.


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