Woodley Park Honoree
Ruth Haugen, 85, was honored last month by the Woodley Park Community Association for years of neighborhood activism.
Haugen was one of the charter members of the Woodley Park Advisory Neighborhood Commission and served as commissioner from 1976 to 1985. She is now chairman of the commission's committee on human services and aging.
Commissioner Sam Simpson said that what impresses him about Haugen is her eagerness to help new commissioners by sharing her extensive knowledge of the city and contacts in the government bureaucracy.
"She can tell you who to talk to to get a problem solved," he said. "She's my mentor."
Historical Society Appointment Darlene Wood Shaw was recently appointed the first development officer of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
The new post will put Shaw in charge of the annual budget, corporate fund-raising, renovation and expansion plans. She also will assist the director and board with grant awards.
Shaw has worked as director of development at the Capitol Hill Day School and as community relations director at Arena Stage.
She has a master's degree in African American studies from Atlanta University. Recognized With a Roast
Mary Pearl Dougherty, 75, of Cleveland Park, was the target of a surprise roast last week at a Moroccan restaurant in Alexandria.
Organizers, who had been planning the celebration since January, said they wanted to recognize Dougherty for her commitment and service to the community as well as to the many foreign visitors she has introduced to American culture and tradition.
Dougherty is president of the African American Women's Association. She spent 27 years in the Foreign Service, serving in such far-flung posts as Liberia, Vietnam, France and Romania. She also was a mentor for young Foreign Service officers.
After her retirement, she spent five years escorting high-level guests of the U.S. government from South Africa, Egypt, Korea and India around the United States.
More than 100 people attended the celebration.
"Mary deserved it," said Harriet Elam, a Foreign Service officer. "She worked over half a century helping other people."
William B. Davis, a retired senior officer in the Foreign Service, said Dougherty's friends decided to have the party because "she had been so nice to so many people for so long." Stipends for 3 Scholars
Three city residents were among five scholars in the region and 212 in the United States to receive stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities for independent research this summer.
The 212 were selected from 1,359 applicants nationwide. The scholars, each of whom receive a stipend of $3,500, will undertake two months of full-time research on a topic in the humanities.
John B. Christiansen, of Northwest, a scholar at Gallaudet University, will use the time to do an analysis of the 1988 "Deaf President Now" protest at Gallaudet. Leo Ribuffo, of Mount Pleasant, a scholar at George Washington University, will research "The Limits of Moderation: Jimmy Carter and the Ironies of American Liberalism." And Patricia L. Sykes, who lives in Adams-Morgan, will pursue a project called "Conviction Politicians and the Creation of a New Public Philosophy."
The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency that supports scholarships, education and public programs in the humanities.