Barbara Buckley Brown


Barbara Buckley Brown, 75, librarian at Corpus Christi School in Falls Church from 1986 to 1992 and a former member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in McLean, died Jan. 29 at her home in San Antonio. She had cancer.

Mrs. Brown was born in the Philippines, where her father was stationed in the U.S. Army. She was a 1944 graduate of Holy Cross High School and a 1950 graduate of Trinity College, both in Washington.

She received a master's degree in library science at Catholic University in 1985, decades after leaving her initial studies to marry. She accompanied her husband on his military assignments until resettling in the Washington area in 1982. She also held a master's degree in history from Georgia State University.

She moved from McLean to San Antonio in 1998.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, retired Army Col. Levi A. Brown of San Antonio; five children, Patricia Carlson of Chicago, Byron Brown of the Marshall Islands, Michael L. Brown of Newark, Del., Elizabeth Brown of Minneapolis and Maureen Brown-Petracca of Manassas; her father, retired Army Col. Michael Buckley of San Jose; two brothers; and eight grandchildren.

William W. Broom


William W. Broom, 78, who was bureau chief for the Ridder newspapers from 1970 to 1977 and who was president of the National Press Club from 1975 to 1976, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Feb. 10 at a nursing home in Baltimore.

He lived off and on in the Washington area from the 1950s to the 1970s, first in Washington and later in McLean.

He was sworn in as president of the press club in 1975 by President Gerald Ford. That appearance at a roast and dinner marked a thawing in relations between the White House and the Washington press corps in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

Mr. Brown was born in Dieterich, Ill., and grew up in Effingham, Ill.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he played trombone in the marching band.

He served in the Army during World War II.

He was a reporter in the 1940s and 1950s at newspapers in Illinois, Texas and California.

From 1957 to 1965, he was a reporter in the Washington bureau of the Ridder chain, which later was merged to become Knight-Ridder newspapers. While bureau chief, he traveled in 1972 with President Richard M. Nixon on his historic visit to the Soviet Union. He played in a pickup softball game with Fidel Castro on one of the early press tours of communist Cuba.

From the 1970s to 1990, he was vice president of public affairs for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

His wife, Birdsall Smith, whom he married in 1957, died in 1988.

Survivors include two sons, William "Scott" Jr. of Baltimore and Timothy of San Clemente, Calif.; a brother, Richard of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; and two granddaughters.

Clifford Parker Hartley

FBI Special Agent

Clifford Parker Hartley, 89, a special agent for the FBI who retired in 1968 from its special investigations branch in Washington, died Feb. 6 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. He had pneumonia.

Mr. Hartley joined the FBI in 1940 and worked in New York, Alabama and Baltimore before settling in the Washington area in the late 1940s. In his final assignment, he worked on cases involving most-wanted criminals and espionage.

After retiring, he spent several years as a vice president with Ocean Associates, a real-estate business in Ocean City. The business was responsible for building one of the first high-rises in Ocean City and a trailer park there called Montego Bay.

He was born in Kearny, N.J., and grew up in England and Detroit. He was a 1937 graduate of Wayne State University in Michigan. After college, he was a child welfare worker in Midland County, Mich.

He was a board member of Christ Lutheran Church in Bethesda, where he helped start a lay outreach program.

He was a resident of the Aspenwood retirement home in Silver Spring.

His wife, Viola Nash Hartley, whom he married in 1939, died in 1985.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Hartley of Vienna and John Hartley of Hillsborough, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

Robert Robinson Green

Navy Captain

Robert Robinson Green, 84, a retired Navy captain who commanded a destroyer squadron during the war in Vietnam, died of sepsis Feb. 4 at the health care center of Falcons Landing in Potomac Falls.

Capt. Green served 27 years in the Navy before retiring in 1966. After retiring from active duty, he was a consultant on guided missile systems for Melpar and TRW before retiring again in 1981.

A former resident of McLean, he had spent winters in Cancun, Mexico, for the last 24 years. He moved to Falcons Landing in June 2002.

Capt. Green was born in Indianapolis and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1939. During World War II, he was a PT boat instructor and, later, commanding officer of the destroyer Fletcher during operations in the Philippines and Okinawa.

Later duty included service in the Navy's Bureau of Ordnance and on the staff of the commander in chief in the Pacific and command of the anti-air warfare training center at Dam Neck, Va.

He had lived in the Washington area since 1964.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Francis "Toni" Green of Falcons Landing; two children, Dr. Robert R. Green of DeKalb, Ill., and Mary Catherine Craighill of McLean; and four grandchildren.

Margaret 'Peggy' Ballard

Teaching Assistant

Margaret Ann "Peggy' Ballard, 61, an Arlington Public Schools teaching assistant for more than 25 years who had worked at Long Branch Elementary School since 1993, died Feb. 8 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. She had cancer.

Mrs. Ballard, who often worked in special-education classes, began her career in Arlington elementary schools in 1974 at Abingdon Elementary School. She worked at Fort Myer Elementary in 1976 and 1977 and then at Ashlawn Elementary until joining the Long Branch faculty.

Mrs. Ballard was a West Virginia native and a resident of Springfield. She worked for an insurance company in the District after moving to the Washington area in the 1960s. She was a day-care volunteer at St. John's Methodist Church in Springfield.

Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Ballard of Springfield; two daughters, Karen A. Ballard and Carolyn L. Ballard, both of Fairfax; three brothers, Orval Wade Wamsley Jr. of Lansdale, Pa., and Charles E. Wamsley and Paul H. Wamsley, both of Hendricks, W.Va.; and five sisters, Carol L. Knighton of Ocoee, Fla., Susan Kellar of Culpeper, Judith E. Filler of Hendersonville, Tenn., Mildred K. Schofield of Frankfort, Ky., and Jeanette A. Fox of Herndon.

Lillian Miller Harrison

Elementary School Teacher

Lillian Miller Harrison, 88, who taught sixth grade at Oakland Terrace Elementary School from 1956 until she retired in 1977, died of a heart ailment Jan. 17 at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Rockville.

She lived in Kensington from the 1950s until 1990, when she moved to Leisure World in Silver Spring. She moved to Rockville last year.

Mrs. Harrison, a native of Harrisonburg, Va., attended the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and was an elementary education graduate of James Madison College, which became James Madison University.

She taught at schools in Virginia before moving to the Washington area.

She was a substitute organist at area churches and gave organ and piano lessons privately. She was co-chair of the National City Christian Church music committee.

At Leisure World, she was a member of the garden and environment club and won awards for the flowers she grew.

Survivors include her husband, Kieth Harrison of Silver Spring; a son, Keith, of Rockville; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.