Julius Hoffman

Psychiatrist Julius Hoffman, 81, a Washington psychiatrist in private practice from the mid-1960s to 1992 who had served on the Montgomery County Commission on Aging, died Nov. 25 at his home in Bethesda. He had diabetes.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Hoffman worked at Georgetown University as director of the children's diagnostic and development center and was professor of medicine and pediatric neurology at Howard and George Washington universities. He was chief of psychiatry at the Group Health Association in Washington.

He also had served as head of the child and adolescent psychiatric services division at St. Elizabeths Hospital.

He was a native of New York and a graduate of New York University and its medical school. He received master's degrees in linguistics and medical science from Ohio State University and a third master's degree, in political science, from Southern Illinois University. He served in the Army Medical Corps with occupation forces in Japan.

He was a clinical professor in psychiatry and neurology at Ohio State University from 1953 until moving to the Washington area in 1963. He served under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson as special assistant on mental retardation.

His avocations included photography, fencing and sailing.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ray Naomi Lockoff Hoffman of Bethesda; three children, Dr. Paul Lewis Hoffman of San Jose, Dr. Deborah Ann Hoffman of Madison, Wis., and Robert Jon Hoffman of Silver Spring; and eight grandchildren.

Harry W. Mason

Electrician Harry W. Mason, 84, a federal government electrician who retired in 1978, died Nov. 26 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital of complications from Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Mason, who was born in Burke, had lived in Alexandria for the past 61 years.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the Office of Strategic Services in Europe. After the war, he was an electrician with the National Bureau of Standards and then with the Harry Diamond Laboratories of the Army Materiel Command.

He was a member of Assembly Church of God in Alexandria. For 20 years, he did volunteer work in the food ministry of the church, and for 30 years he was a volunteer at the church summer camp, Potomac Park, in Falling Waters, W.Va.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ora Lee Mudd Mason of Alexandria; a daughter, Noreen L. Perry of Lorton; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mildred K. McDermott

Church Volunteer Mildred K. McDermott, 97, who had done volunteer work with the outreach program of Assumption Catholic Church in Southeast Washington, died of cardiac arrhythmia Nov. 16 at the Maplewood Park Place care facility in Bethesda, where she had lived for the past six years.

Mrs. McDermott was born in New York. As a young woman, she played organ for silent movies and was a vocal soloist at weddings.

She moved to Washington in 1942. She was a former president of the PTA at St. Teresa's Catholic School, and she did the grocery shopping for a convent of semi-cloistered nuns. At Assumption Church, she refurbished used clothing and stuffed animals and coordinated collection of toiletries for the homeless as part of the parish outreach program.

Her husband of 60 years, John J. McDermott, died in 1990.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Cavanaugh of Chevy Chase and Eileen Beall of Concord, N.C.; a sister; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.