Katharine L. Marshall

Friday, December 10, 2010

Katharine L. Marshall

State Department employee

Katharine L. Marshall, 89, who worked in the State Department press office for more than 20 years, died Nov. 26 at her home in Washington. She had lung cancer.

Mrs. Marshall started her government service in the late 1950s with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as an editor for a public health journal.

She joined the State Department in the 1960s and helped prepare public briefings on the Vietnam War. She spent much of her career working on the Latin American desk before retiring in 1986.

Katharine Macdonald Lee was born in Philadelphia.

She was a 1946 economics graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and moved to the Washington area in the late 1940s. She worked with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom early in her career.

She was a member of St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Washington.

Before attending Bryn Mawr, she briefly attended the College of William and Mary, where she met Robert S. Marshall, who was cast beside her in a leading role of a school theatrical production. They were married in 1942; he died in 2000.

Survivors include three children, Caleb Marshall and Eliot Marshall, both of Washington, and Leslie Weld of New York; a brother; a sister; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

- T. Rees Shapiro

Bernice Baer

Activist, federal employee

Bernice Baer, 87, a policy and planning officer in the personnel office of the U.S. Information Agency in the 1980s who also advocated for women's rights, died Nov. 18 at her home in Washington. She had breast cancer.

While working as a secretary for the State Department, which she joined after World War II, Ms. Baer served on a committee to improve the status of women at foreign affairs agencies. During the 1970s, she was appointed to a presidential commission for the observance of International Women's Year. In the early 1980s, she was a fellow with the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues.

Ms. Baer was born in Boston and moved to Washington as a child. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1941 and received an associate's degree from what is now Strayer University in 1943.

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