Timothy Leo "Tim" Donohoe
Capitol Hill Staffer
Timothy Leo "Tim" Donohoe, 54, who had worked 25 years as a staff member and lobbyist on Capitol Hill, died Nov. 11 at home in Washington. The cause of death is under investigation by the D.C. medical examiner's office.
Mr. Donohoe was born in San Leandro, Calif. He moved to Washington as an infant and had lived here since. Growing up, he was an Eagle Scout.
He graduated from St. John's College High School and attended Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md. In 1967, he graduated from St. Paul's College, a Catholic seminary of the Paulist Fathers in Washington. He received a master's degree in theology there in 1971.
From 1971 to 1997, Mr. Donohoe worked in the congressional offices of Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Charles Wilson (D-Tex.) and Sens. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.).
In 1981, he was working as a lobbyist in Washington for the Dallas-based natural gas company Enserch Corp. when he was fired from his position after writing a letter to Interior Secretary James G. Watt, questioning Watt's remarks that the political world is divided between "liberals and Americans." Mr. Donohoe later sued Watt and Enserch for $6 million, but the lawsuit was dismissed. He was then an associate publisher of the political digest Baron Report.
Subsequently, Mr. Donohoe worked in the offices of the doorkeeper and the sergeant at arms of the House of Representatives. Since retiring from the House of Representatives in 1997, he had worked for a sister at the American Plant Food Garden Center in Bethesda.
He had done volunteer work with Food and Friends, delivering meals to people infected with HIV, and was an adviser to Act Up, the AIDS activist organization.
Mr. Donohoe was the great-great-grandson of John F. Donohoe, the founder of the real estate and construction firm Donohoe Companies Inc. A great-great-aunt was Mary Jenkins Surrat, who was hanged as a conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Doris Usher Donohoe of Rockville; two sisters, Mary Susan Funkhouse of Lost River, W.Va., and Joan Marie Donohoe of Bethesda; and two brothers, Peter Leo Donohoe of Alexandria and Barry Patrick Donohoe of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.
J. William Blatz
Newspaper Guild Official
J. William Blatz, 81, the Newspaper Guild's director of field operations from 1969 until his retirement in 1988, died of a heart ailment Nov. 14 at his home in Falls Church.
In his last position, Mr. Blatz helped oversee the guild's Collective Bargaining Program that documented union principles at a time when women, minorities and computers were influencing newspaper policies.
He was known as "Mr. Outside" for his responsibilities overseeing the guild's representatives in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Blatz was born in McKees Rocks, Pa., and after editing his high school paper, he joined the Columbus (Ohio) Citizen in the late 1930s as a copy boy. He later was a sports writer and copy editor.
He joined the guild in 1937, and in 1951 became director of organizing, based at the guild's Washington headquarters.
His hobbies included fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Betty Blatz of Falls Church; two sons, J. William Jr., of Falls Church, and Bruce, of Clearwater, Fla; a daughter, Barbara Follin of Woodstock, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. A son, Brian, died in 1990.
Carolyn Cleveland Stockmeyer Leubsdorf
Carolyn Cleveland Stockmeyer Leubsdorf, 67, a finance communications director for the Republican National Committee from 1982 to 1989 and the Agriculture Department's publications editor during the Bush administration, died of lung cancer Nov. 13 at her home in Washington.
Mrs. Leubsdorf was born in New Orleans and moved to Washington in 1963.
During the 1980s, she volunteered at the White House.
Mrs. Leubsdorf was a member of the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase and Cleveland Park Historical Society.
Her hobbies included bridge, tennis and crossword puzzles.
Her first husband, Edwin William Stockmeyer, died in 1961. Her marriage to Carl P. Leubsdorf ended in divorce.
Survivors include her companion of 20 years, Donald O. Loomis of Washington; two daughters from her first marriage, Lorna Stockmeyer of Washington and Claire Goodwin of Arlington; two sons from her first marriage, E. William Stockmeyer Jr. of Portland, Maine, and C. Cleveland Stockmeyer of Seattle; a son from her second marriage, Carl Leubsdorf Jr. of Bethesda; a brother; and five grandchildren.