Regina 'Jean' Parlett

Association Executive

Regina "Jean" Parlett, 69, who was the director of political education for the National Education Association when the professional organization was becoming more politically attuned three decades ago, died of cancer Sept. 19 at her home in Dover, Del.

A former staff member at the NEA affiliates in Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Mrs. Parlett worked in the group's District headquarters in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Among her duties was to persuade teachers to elect officials friendly to the group's agenda.

After her years in Washington, she was a special assistant to then-Maryland Lt. Gov. Sam Bogley until the early 1980s, followed by work on the staff of state Sen. Leo E. Green (D-Prince George's).

Mrs. Parlett was a 1950 English graduate of the College of Notre Dame in her native Baltimore. She worked briefly as a journalist with the publication Catholic Review and taught intermittently while raising her six children.

Mrs. Parlett lived 25 years in Bowie and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She moved to Dover in 1985. Before retiring in 1993, she was an adjunct English professor at Wesley College in Dover and an administrative assistant for the Delaware Association of School Administrators.

Mrs. Parlett also joined the Kent County Theater Guild in Delaware and was a member since the early 1990s of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph M. Parlett Jr., whom she married in 1951 and who lives in Dover; two sons, Joseph III, of Leesburg, and Basil B., of Crofton; four daughters, Mary Taylor of Sudbury, Mass., Regina Brewster of Vestal, N.Y., Margaret Smerbeck of Pittsford, N.Y., and Dorothy Hunt of Woonsocket, R.I.; a brother, Basil W. Brown of Toronto; and a sister, Dorothy M. Brown of Washington; and 17 grandchildren.

Minnie Klavans

Painter, Sculptor

Minnie Klavans, 84, an award-winning painter and sculptor whose abstract works adorn several local galleries, died of cancer Sept. 19 at her home in Washington.

Her works are in the White House's rotating exhibit program, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Other examples of her work hang as far away as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid.

She had been a design consultant to her late husband, the contractor Elmer Klavans.

She had won first-place awards in silversmithing for her jewelery-making at the Smithsonian Institution's Metropolitan State Art Contest in 1953 and 1954. In the 1950s, she helped develop an informal alliance with several other housewives who wanted to learn more about painting. Called Group Eleven, the women studied under painter Luciano Pena y Lillo and printmaker Lou Stovall.

Mrs. Klavans, who was born in Garrett Park, was a 1935 graduate of Wilson Teachers College. She was a personnel officer with the War Department from 1939 to 1943.

Still active in the last decade as an artist, Mrs. Klavans helped start the Institute for Learning in Retirement at American University. A pianist, she taught a course about the impact in the 19th century of art on music and vice versa.

Her husband, whom she married in 1937, died in 1980.

Survivors include three children, Dr. Sue Klavans Simring of Tenafly, N.J., Dr. Judith L. Klavans of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., and Dr. Richard Klavans of Berwyn, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.

Harold E. 'Jerry' King

Rehabilitation Counselor

Harold E. "Jerry" King, 77, a rehabilitation counselor who retired in 1990 after 13 years with the Alexandria Detox Center, died of cancer Sept. 17 at the Potomac Center nursing facility in Arlington. He was a former resident of Fairfax and Alexandria.

Mr. King, a native of Fayette County, W.Va., moved to the Washington area in 1941. He sold shoes for stores that included Hahn's, A.S. Beck and Bradshaw and worked for the Marshall Field department store in Chicago in the mid-1950s.

His marriages to Mildred Saunders and Joan King ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children from his second marriage, Stephen King of Falls Church and Cynthia King of Alexandria; a sister; a brother; and two grandchildren.