Mary Parker Duckworth

Needlepoint Designer

Mary Parker Duckworth, 79, who since 1973 owned and operated Duckworth Studios needlepoint designs from her home in Fairfax, died Feb. 19 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She had an abdominal aneurysm.

From the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, Mrs. Duckworth owned and operated the Designing Duck, a needlepoint shop in Arlington.

An American Needlepoint Guild senior master teacher and judge, she received many commissions, and her work was displayed around the world. Her needlepoint interpretation of a historic map hangs in the U.S. embassy in Dublin.

She was born in Norfolk, Va., and grew up in California, where she was active as a horsewoman in rodeos and parades. She accompanied her husband on his Navy assignments before settling in the Washington area in 1967.

In the early 1970s, she ran the gift shop at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts and designed many Wolf Trap-themed pieces for the shop. For the U.S. bicentennial celebrations, she designed Wolf Trap's T-shirt and needlepoint design, featuring the slogan "Play It Again Sam!"

She was a board member of the Little Theatre of Alexandria, where she also was a director and designed costumes and scenes. She did design work for other area groups, including the Washington Ballet School.

Her memberships included Nelly's Needlers at Woodlawn Plantation.

Her husband of 35 years, retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Ralph Duckworth, died in 1983.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Duckworth of Falls Church and Carolyn Duckworth of Gardiner, Mont.

Catherine White Cockburn

Guidance Counselor

Catherine White Cockburn, 91, who was a guidance counselor at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda when she retired in 1967 after a 36-year career with Montgomery County Public Schools, died March 2 at a nursing home in Lake Placid, Fla. She had congestive heart failure and pneumonia.

She lived in Rockville from 1931 into the 1970s, when she moved to Florida. She had lived in Lake Placid since 1984.

Miss Cockburn was born in Watervliet, N.Y., and raised in Aberdeen, Md. She was a 1927 graduate of Aberdeen High School and a 1931 graduate of Western Maryland College, which became McDaniel College, where she was a tennis standout. She received a master's degree in education from Columbia University.

She taught physical education at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville from 1931 into the 1950s, with a hiatus during World War II.

She joined the Navy then and was selected to be in the first group of women to train as an officer in the Coast Guard. She attained the rank of lieutenant.

Miss Cockburn taught at Whitman from the 1950s until her retirement. There, she was the school's first college coordinator.

She was president of the Montgomery County Teachers Federal Credit Union.

Miss Cockburn was an admissions official with the University of Chicago in the late 1960s and 1970s, splitting time between the Washington area and Chicago.

She had been a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockville.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

James R. Clapper

Army Colonel, Security Guard

James R. Clapper, 86, a retired Army colonel and intelligence officer who was a security guard at George Mason University in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died of prostate cancer Feb. 22 at the Sunrise at Countryside nursing home in Sterling.

He lived in Fairfax in the 1970s and 1980s before returning to the Washington area in 1998, settling in Sterling.

Col. Clapper, a native of Kenton, Ohio, attended Purdue University.

He served in Army intelligence units in the Middle East and North Africa during World War II; in Korea during the Korean conflict and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He also was posted with the Army Security Agency in Germany, Hawaii and Vint Hill Farms in Fauquier County.

Col. Clapper's last assignment, when he retired in 1972 after a 28-year career, was at Fort Meade. His decorations included the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.

His wife of 59 years, Anne Wheatley, died in 1998.

Survivors include two sons, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Jr., of Fairfax, and Michael, of Normal, Ill.; a daughter, Ruth Anne Babich of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.