Alice Durand Edgerton, 93, who had been active in civic affairs for many years, died Sunday at her home in Washington. She suffered from arteriosclerosis.
She was the widow of former Chief Judge Henry White Edgerton of the U.S. Court of Appeals here, who died in 1970.
Mrs. Edgerton was born in Huron, S.D., and spent her childhood in Oberlin, Ohio. She came to Washington while still in her teens and graduated from old Central High School.
She later graduated from Oberlin College and took further studies at the University of Chicago. She taught English at Rockford College in Illinois and later was a research assistant at the University of Chicago and Cornell University.
Mrs. Edgerton came back to Washington when Judge Edgerton, whom she married in 1913, was appointed to the appellate bench in 1937.
She had been an early member of the American Civil Liberties Union and belonged to a number of other organizations striving for desegregation in Washington. She had served on the board of the League of Women Voters.
Mrs. Edgerton had been active in the Woman's National Democratic Club for many years. She was an occasional volunteer reading tutor in the D.C. public schools. During World War I, she wrote a number of articles in support of the feminist movement that were published in national magazines.
In earlier years, she had been active as a hiker, gardener and figure skater.
She is survived by a son, John D., of the home.