Susan Southwick

Democratic Activist

Susan Southwick, 75, who volunteered with the White House "comments line" during the Carter and Clinton administrations and was vice president of the Woman's National Democratic Club, died July 5 at her home in Chevy Chase.

She had cancer.

Mrs. Southwick was born in Berlin. Her family resettled in Boston in 1938 after fleeing the Nazi regime.

She received a bachelor's degree in history from Radcliffe College in 1946.

Mrs. Southwick had been a writer and editor at the Harvard University news office.

She moved to the Washington area in 1949 and worked as a saleswoman at the Woodward & Lothrop store in Chevy Chase during the 1950s.

Mrs. Southwick began volunteering with the Democrats in Boston during John F. Kennedy's first congressional race.

Mrs. Southwick later campaigned for his brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). She volunteered at the Greentree Baptist Home for Children and Parents, a shelter for battered women.

She was a member of the League of Women Voters.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Paul Southwick; three children, Thomas Paul Southwick of Morrison, Colo., Peter Alfred Southwick of Arlington, Mass., and Linda Hedio of Danvers, Mass.; and six grandchildren.

Kenneth R. Hall


Kenneth R. Hall, 74, who retired in 1985 after more than 30 years as an archivist specializing in water transportation records at the National Archives, died of pneumonia June 20 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Hall lived at the Ingleside at Rock Creek Retirement Community in Washington.

He was co-president of the residents association, and he organized music appreciation programs.

He was a deacon and a member of the general mission committee at National Presbyterian Church in Washington. He also was an officer of the church's Sunday Evening Club.

Mr. Hall was a native of Michigan who graduated from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and received a master's degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

He leaves no immediate survivors.