Juanita Creamer; Jacqueline Dudley; Elizabeth Edmundson; Jamie Grodsky; Judith Hanson; William Higham; John Keegel Jr.

Thursday, June 3, 2010; B07

Juanita A. Creamer Homemaker

Juanita A. Creamer, 82, a homemaker, died May 23 of lung cancer at her home in Purcellville.

Juanita Geraldine Anderson was born in Princeton, W.Va., moved to Oakton in 1944 and graduated from Fairfax High School a year later.

She worked as a secretary at the State Department during World War II.

Mrs. Creamer enjoyed traveling, especially to North Carolina's Outer Banks, the Virgin Islands and Montana.

Her husband of 49 years, Raymond Creamer, died in 1996.

Survivors include four daughters, Donna Walker of Herndon, Deborah Larson of Sterling, Darcel Bowers of Painter, Va., and Kelly Davis of Purcellville; a brother, Lee Anderson of Clifton; a sister, Dolly Garrison of Centreville; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

-- Timothy R. Smith

Jacqueline H. Dudley Speech Therapist

Jacqueline H. Dudley, 83, a retired speech therapist who began her career as an actress at the Arena Stage theater, died May 19 at the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation facility in Warrenton. She had been an Alexandria resident for many years before moving to Warrenton in 2006.

Mrs. Dudley appeared in several Arena Stage productions of the early 1950s. After earning a master's degree in speech-language pathology from George Washington University in 1966, she opened a private speech therapy practice. She retired in 1995.

Jacqueline Lee Hastings, a native of New Haven, Conn., was a 1944 graduate of Wilson High School. She was a 1948 graduate of the University of Maryland. From 1967 to 1972, she taught speech-language classes at George Washington University.

Her husband of 33 years, Dana Dudley, died in 1981.

Survivors include three children, Justin Dudley of Oak Hill, Va., Lisa Welch of Warrenton and Nina Dudley of Easthampton, Mass.; a sister, Jo Anne Roberts of Ashburn; and four grandchildren.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

Elizabeth J. 'Libby' Edmundson Secretary, Accountant

Elizabeth J. "Libby" Edmundson, 71, a secretary for Calvary Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, died May 25 at her daughter's home in Fairfax County. She had leukemia.

From 1985 to 2005, Mrs. Edmundson worked at the church, where she had long been a member. Before that, she was a homemaker and a part-time accountant for a family-owned radio station in Warrenton.

Elizabeth Jane Nicholson was born in Cumberland, Md., and grew up in Petersburg, W.Va. She received a bachelor's degree in accounting from West Virginia University in 1960, and then worked for a year as an accountant at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh.

Her marriage to James Edmundson ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, Jennifer Mundy of Fairfax County, Kevin Edmundson of Mansfield, Tex., Stephanie Page of Fairfax City and Christienne Ott of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister; and eight grandchildren.

-- Timothy R. Smith

Jamie A. Grodsky GWU Law Professor

Jamie A. Grodsky, 54, an environmental and natural resources law professor at George Washington University, died May 22 at the Washington Home hospice.

She had Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, a rare, degenerative brain disorder that is in a family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, which include "mad cow" disease.

Ms. Grodsky had been a member of the GWU faculty since 2006. From 1993 to 2001, she served as counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee and senior adviser to the general counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jamie Anne Grodsky was born in San Francisco. She graduated from Stanford University in 1977 and was the senior class president.

In 1986, she received a master's degree in economic geography from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a 1992 graduate of Stanford's law school, where she received awards for environmental law and legal writing.

Survivors include her father, Gerold Grodsky of San Francisco, and a sister, Andrea Huber of Bethesda.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

Judith L. Hanson Volunteer

Judith L. Hanson, 82, who spent 23 years as an Arlington County librarian, died May 20 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg after a stroke.

Mrs. Hanson worked at the main Arlington public library as a clerk for three years and was a circulation department supervisor for 20 years. She helped the library transition to computers and taught computer courses at branch libraries. She retired in the early 1990s.

Judith Lucinda Belshaw was born in Sheridan, Mont., and attended Montana State University. She moved to McLean in the mid-1960s and later to Arlington. In 2009, she moved to Nokesville.

She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Arlington. She helped bind books for the American Horticultural Society's library.

Her marriage to James Edwin Hanson ended in divorce. A daughter, Ilene Lampley, died in 2008.

Survivors include four children, Laura Hanson of McDade, Tex., David Hanson of Arlington, Eric Hanson of Clifton, Va., and Brian Hanson of Nokesville; three sisters; two brothers; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

-- Timothy R. Smith

William H. Higham Business Owner

William H. Higham, 97, a retired owner of an indoor decorating and painting business, died of congestive heart failure May 23 at his home in Franconia.

Mr. Higham started his business in the mid-1930s and retired in the early 1980s.

William Herbert Higham, a native Washingtonian, worked in Baltimore during World War II as a welder for supply ships.

He was a longtime member of Olivet Episcopal Church in Franconia, where he held a variety of leadership positions in the congregation.

His first wife, the former Dorothy Anderson, died in 1967. His second wife, the former Daisy Campbell, died in 2005.

Survivors include two sons from his first marriage, William H. Higham Jr. and Andy Higham, both of Franconia; two stepchildren, Pam Neal of Norman, Okla., and Jimmy Williams of Fredericksburg; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

John C. 'Jack' Keegel Jr. UDC Professor

John C. "Jack" Keegel Jr., 68, a retired professor of statistics at the University of the District of Columbia, died May 11 at his home in Boynton Beach, Fla. He had brain cancer.

Dr. Keegel began working at UDC in the late 1960s and retired in 2004. He was a longtime district resident and retired to Florida in the mid 2000s.

John Carl Keegel Jr., a native of Jersey City, N.J., was a 1963 graduate of Rutgers University. He received a master's degree from the University of Delaware in 1966 and a doctorate in statistics from George Washington University in 1975.

His longtime partner, Edward Levine, died in 1995.

Survivors include his partner of three years, Brian V. Lee of Washington; and his parents, John and Margot Keegel of Boynton Beach.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

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