Mary Lee Schumaker

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mary Lee Schumaker

teacher, volunteer

Mary Lee Schumaker, 97, who taught physical education in Montgomery County schools for 19 years, died Nov. 30 at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Schumaker taught in Damascus for several years in the 1930s and at North Bethesda Junior High from its opening in 1955 until her retirement in 1970.

She had been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for more than 10 years after being treated for breast cancer. She visited patients at Suburban Hospital in the Reach for Recovery program.

Mary Lee Watkins was born in Washington and grew up in Somerset, a town in Montgomery. She graduated from the old Western High School and from George Washington University.

She was a member of the Woman's Club of Bethesda. She played bridge.

Her husband of 37 years, Willard G. Schumaker, died in 1976. Survivors include two children, Elizabeth Lee Henault of Monterey, Calif., and Joan Schumaker Hession of Falls Church; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

- Emma Brown

Martha L. 'Mimi' Dang

molecular biologist

Martha L. "Mimi" Dang, 57, a former molecular biologist at the Institute for Genomic Research, died Nov. 21 of cancer at her home in Honolulu.

Before joining the Rockville-based institute, now called the J. Craig Venter Institute, in 1999, Dr. Dang was a research assistant at the University of Maryland.

In 2001, she moved to Honolulu to teach physics and chemistry in private secondary schools.

Martha Louise Ligon was born in Ashton and graduated from Sandy Spring Friends School in 1971.

She received a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In college, she spent six months studying in Buddhist monasteries in Thailand.

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