Kathleen Scofield "Katie" Louchheim, 87, a poet, author, former deputy assistant secretary of state and director of women's activities for the Democratic National Committee, died of pneumonia and complications related to a stroke Feb. 11 at her home in New York City.
Mrs. Louchheim, who lived in Washington from 1934 until the early 1980s, also was a former United Nations official who served during World War II as deputy director of public information for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. After the war, she interviewed displaced people in Germany for the agency. In 1968 and 1969, she was U.S. ambassador to UNESCO.
She was energetic and well-connected politically, with a reputation for a sunny disposition, a quick wit and an engaging smile, and she had a network of influential friends, whom she wrote about in a chatty reminiscence, "By the Political Sea," published in 1970. The book was an account of Mrs. Louchheim's friendships with the likes of Presidents Truman, Kennedy and Johnson; former vice president Hubert H. Humphrey; Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn.); former first lady Bess Truman; former secretary of state Dean Acheson; and Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic presidential nominee in 1952 and 1956. In 1956, Mrs. Louchheim accompanied Stevenson on his campaign.
Her other books included a collection of poems, "With or Without Roses," published in 1966, and a story of Mrs. Louchheim's early years in Washington, "The Making of the New Deal: The Insiders Speak," published in 1983. She also wrote frequently for The Washington Post and other publications.
A native of New York, Mrs. Louchheim studied in Europe as a young woman and attended Columbia University. In 1926, she married Walter C. Louchheim Jr., a banker who came to Washington in the early years of the Roosevelt administration to help organize the Securities and Exchange Commission. He died in 1973.
As a newcomer to Washington, Mrs. Louchheim began spending time in the public galleries of the Senate and House to watch legislation being passed, then in the Supreme Court, where much of it was challenged. She also began working as a volunteer at the Democratic Party's national headquarters, and by 1940 was serving on the party's national finance committee. She joined the staff of the Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation Operations in 1942, and the next year helped organize the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
She was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1948 and 1952, a member of the D.C. Democratic Central Committee and an alternate Democratic national committeewoman from the District of Columbia. She campaigned vigorously for the right of District of Columbia residents to vote in presidential elections.
In 1953 she was named director of women's activities for the Democratic National Committee, a job she held until 1960. In this assignment she specialized in organizing and fund-raising, including "Teas for TV," to help cover the cost of television appearances by Democratic candidates.
From 1956 to 1960, Mrs. Louchheim also served as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee. She traveled extensively in these jobs, covering more than 200,000 miles on behalf of Democratic candidates and party business.
When she was named deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs in 1962, Mrs. Louchheim was the highest woman official in the history of the State Department. She resigned as ambassador to UNESCO in 1969, calling the job a sinecure.
In 1981, Mrs. Louchheim married Donald S. Klopfer, a founder and chairman emeritus of Random House Inc. He died in 1986.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Louchheim Evangelista of New York City and Judith Louchheim Read of Darien, Conn.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
LESLIE L. MIDDAUGH
Leslie L. Middaugh, 73, who flew helicopters for the John Driggs Construction Co. in the Washington area and who also had been a civilian and Navy test pilot, died of pneumonia Feb. 7 at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond. He had Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Middaugh, who lived in Reston, was born in Friendship, N.Y. He received a pilot's license in 1939. In World War II, he joined the Navy and became a naval aviator. Qualified to fly both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, he worked as a test pilot in several capacities. He also commanded an antisubmarine helicopter squadron. He retired from active duty in 1956, and from the reserve, with the rank of captain, in 1974.
Before moving here in 1969, Mr. Middaugh was the chief test pilot for the Avco division of the Lycoming Co. in Stratford, Conn. He was a pilot for Hasco Co. in Gaithersburg before joining Driggs Construction. He retired in 1979.
Mr. Middaugh was a member of the Experimental Test Pilots Association, the American Helicopter Society and the United Christian Parish of Reston.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Marga Jean Middaugh of Reston; two sons, Brian Leslie Middaugh of Reston and William L. Middaugh of Fairfax; two sisters, Barbara Swarthout of Mesa, Ariz., and Virginia Daniels of Port Hueneme, Calif.; and a brother, Frederick Middaugh of Stockton, Md.
JOANNE P. WILLIAMS
Paper Place Partner
Joanne Price Williams, 54, a founder and partner in a Rockville business who was active in Jewish groups, died of pneumonia Feb. 9 at Holy Cross Hospital. She lived in Potomac.
Mrs. Williams had been a teacher and paralegal before helping found The Paper Place, an outlet for party supplies, in 1984. She was a partner in the business until her death.
A member of Har Shalom Congregation and its sisterhood, in Potomac, she was an administrative assistant and nursery school teacher there in the early 1980s. She was also a past president of the Gudelsky chapter of B'nai B'rith Women.
Mrs. Williams, who was born in Baltimore, graduated from the University of Maryland in 1958. She was a special education teacher in the Baltimore schools before coming here in 1961. After receiving a paralegal certificate from the University of Maryland in 1983, she spent about a year working for the Montgomery law firm of Toff & Zell.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Edward Williams of Potomac; a son, Richard, of Gaithersburg; a daughter, Laurie, of Los Angeles; and two sisters, Sheila Goldsmith and Lois Schapiro, both of Pikesville.