Frederick Jackson

Dance Teacher, Arts Promoter

Frederick Jackson, 76, a dance teacher and arts promoter, died of cancer Sept. 25 at the Veterans Hospital in Washington.

Mr. Jackson, a Washington resident since childhood, was born in Aiken County, S.C. He graduated from Dunbar High School and attended Morgan State University. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe.

Before his marriage in 1952 to Bernice Hammond, Mr. Jackson worked for the Navy Department and drove a taxicab.

After their marriage, Mr. Jackson assisted her in the management of the Northeast Academy of Dance, which she had operated since 1939. He taught ballroom dancing and tap dancing, and he promoted and organized ballets and dance recitals in which she performed.

In 1963, he produced and choreographed parts of a musical program called "Extravaganza" at Constitution Hall. This program featured children from several D.C. public schools.

Mr. Jackson also organized cultural and charitable programs for children, and he founded a publishing house, APPA, which published a story, "Hokus Pokus, the Goodwill Pixie," which was based on a ballet his wife had written. This organization also published other stories and poems she had written.

In addition to his wife, of Washington, survivors include their son, Frederick Bernard Jackson of Silver Spring; a stepson, Dr. Alain Lewis of Washington; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

James A. Braxdale


James A. Braxdale, 76, an engineer and hydroelectrical rate manager who retired from the Energy Department in 1983, died of a heart attack Sept. 27 at Fair Lakes Hospital. He lived in Springfield.

Mr. Braxdale began his federal career with the Interior Department's bureau of reclamation in 1950. He was a generator design engineer for the Hoover Dam project and later worked in budget management.

He was a native of Odessa, Mo., and a graduate of the University of Missouri. He was a pilot in the Army Air Forces during World War II and retired in the late 1970s as a major in the Army Reserve. After he retired, Mr. Braxdale was a tax preparer, and he worked at the H&R Block office in the Landmark Sears.

His honors included a Meritorious Service Award from Interior.

He was a member of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Burke, the Masons, the Mended Hearts organization for surgical patients, Inova Volunteers at Inova Fairfax Hospital, the American Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Twin Lakes Senior Golf Association.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Donna Miller Braxdale of Springfield; three daughters, Deborah B. Ward of Manassas, Karen B. Harrison of Columbia, S.C., and Linda B. Heeschen of Charlottesville; a sister; and six grandchildren.

Monika Maria Sokoloff


Monika Maria Sokoloff, 56, a volunteer who helped families at homeless shelters and elsewhere through the Lorton Community Action Center, died Sept. 16 at her home in Springfield. She had a heart ailment and diabetes.

Mrs. Sokoloff was born in Berlin and raised in Poland. She moved to this area in 1962 and was a seamstress. After her marriage in 1965 to Irwin I. Sokoloff, she accompanied him to Army posts in Italy, Germany and the United States. They lived in Berlin before moving back to Northern Virginia in 1984.

Survivors include her husband and a daughter, Doris Sokoloff, both of Springfield; her mother, Marie Martha Willa of Berlin; and a sister.

Akiko Iwata


Akiko Iwata, 88, who was forced into an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II and later spent a quarter-century as a government librarian, died Sept. 27 of liver cancer at Potomac Place Retirement Center in Woodbridge.

Mrs. Iwata, who lived in Alexandria before moving to Potomac Place a week before her death, retired from the Defense Mapping Agency in the late 1970s.

She later volunteered for Meals on Wheels, tutored elementary school children in reading and was a clerk at libraries in Alexandria. She also was a member of Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station and the Japanese-American Citizens League.

Born in Guadalupe, Calif., Mrs. Iwata lived in an internment camp in Flagstaff, Ariz., for two years before moving to Cleveland with her husband. She moved to Wheaton in the 1950s and lived there until moving to Alexandria 13 years ago.

Her husband, Harvey Iwata, died in 1959.

She is survived by three daughters, Irene Enokida of Springfield, Shirley Ross of Woodbridge and June Yoshitake of Lompoc, Calif.; a son, Harvey Iwata of New York; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

Joseph Timothy Doyle


Joseph Timothy Doyle, 71, a former journalist and Safeway stores cashier, died of pneumonia Sept. 22 at Loudoun Hospital Center.

Mr. Doyle, who lived at the Leisure World community at Lansdowne, was born in Boston. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps. After the war, he attended the University of Maryland, graduating in 1953. For the next 18 years, he held a variety of newspaper jobs, including managing editor of the Northern Virginia Sun and positions with the Baltimore Sun and newspapers in Delaware and New Jersey. His final newspaper job was in 1971 as copy editor of the Federal Times.

He then worked 16 years for Safeway, retiring in 1988.

Mr. Doyle was a former baseball and basketball coach with the Langley Park Boys Club.

His avocations included painting and travel.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Dorothy Irene Doyle of Lansdowne; six children, Joseph Thomas Doyle of Fort Collins, Colo., Stephen James Doyle of Tempe, Ariz., Larraine Stelle Beegle of Columbia, Thomas Timothy Doyle of Gambrills, Kathleen M. Shaughnessy of Ashburn and Linda Marie Green of San Diego; and nine grandchildren.