Aileen Boutilier Hall

Educator for the Deaf

Aileen Boutilier Hall, 84, a teacher, counselor and educational administrator for deaf students, died of congestive heart disease April 18 at the Forest Glenn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was a Wheaton resident.

She was born in Oakfield, Maine, and was raised in the neighboring town of Smyrna Mills. She earned a bachelor's degree from Farmington Teachers College, now the University of Maine at Farmington. She taught home economics in Maine and then came to Washington in 1944 to teach at Gallaudet University. She received a master's degree in education of the deaf in 1945 from Gallaudet, where she taught home economics from 1944 to 1947.

When she first arrived at Gallaudet, she wanted to learn American Sign Language quickly, so she moved into a women's dormitory. This new approach shocked some of the faculty and intrigued students, some of whom may remember her as "Boots."

She taught the deaf and hearing impaired in Montgomery County schools from 1965 to 1966. She became a teacher in the preschool and counseled parents at the Maryland School for the Deaf in 1970 and directed the program from 1972 to 1977. She was instrumental in the development of this program, now called the Family Education/Early Intervention Department, which provides education and counseling for families of deaf and hearing-impaired children from birth to 4 years old throughout Maryland. She served as assistant principal of the Columbia campus from 1977 to 1981. She retired in 1981.

She was a member of the Convention of American Instructors for the Deaf. While she was raising her family, she volunteered with the League of Women Voters and Head Start.

Survivors include her husband, Jonathan Hall of Wheaton; four children, Peter J. Hall and Jessica Zoe Hall, both of Wheaton, Stephanie A. Hall of Takoma Park and Geoffrey B. Hall of Austin; a sister; and a granddaughter.

William Porter Buffington

Veterans Affairs Official

William Porter Buffington, 60, who had served since 2000 as the director of legislative affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, died May 10 at his home in Alexandria. He had cardiovascular disease.

Mr. Buffington, who worked in the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, was the chief coordinator for developing the VA's legislative agenda and monitoring congressional legislation.

He was born in Scranton, Pa., and received bachelor's degrees from Pennsylvania State University in political science and business management. He attended every Penn State home football game since 1976.

He settled in the Washington area after serving in the Air Force from 1967 to 1972.

He joined the VA in 1974 as a budget analyst. In 1989, he became a congressional relations officer for the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. He was a program analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning from 1998 to 2000.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

Givon Monroe Parsons

Foreign Service Officer

Givon Monroe Parsons, 92, a career Foreign Service officer whose diplomatic duties took him to four continents, died of sepsis May 4 at the Jefferson, a retirement community in Arlington County.

He was working in a shipyard in Houston during World War II when his wife saw an advertisement for the Foreign Service. The diplomatic corps had been depleted because many of its career officers had been assigned to the military. Mr. Parsons came to Washington on his own initiative, applied to the State Department and was appointed to the Foreign Service in 1944.

He had diplomatic postings at U.S. consulates and embassies in Australia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Italy and Japan. He also served with the State Department in Washington.

He was fluent in Spanish and spoke passable French, Japanese and Italian. The Italian government presented him with the Commendatore della Repubblica award when he left his consular duties in Turin in 1969.

At the time of his retirement in 1972, Mr. Parsons was consul general in Mexico City.

He was born in Delight, Ark., and graduated from East Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) in 1932. Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught in the Texas public schools and held a variety of other jobs.

In retirement, he enjoyed cooking, listening to classical music and working in the yards of his homes in McLean and Washington, Va. He belonged to several associations of retired Foreign Service officers and was a member of First Christian Church of Falls Church.

He was married for 62 years to Tommie Berry Parsons, who died in 2001.

Survivors include three sons, Joe Carl Parsons of Kingman, Ariz., Berry Parsons of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Terry Parsons of Falls Church.

Donald Wayne MacCloskey

Postal Service Personnel Director

Donald Wayne MacCloskey, 90, who worked more than 25 years for the U.S. Postal Service before retiring in 1972 as a regional director of personnel, died April 24 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of complications after knee-replacement surgery.

In retirement, Mr. MacCloskey continued to work for the Postal Service as a consultant specializing in personnel administration. He also was an active member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, organizing and moderating debates between political candidates for state and local offices.

Mr. MacCloskey, an Annandale resident, was a native of Cleveland. He graduated with bachelor's degrees in history and English from Case Western Reserve University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois.

He worked for federal agencies before entering the military during World War II. He served in Army intelligence in the Pacific, which included assignments in New Guinea, Biak and the Philippines.

Returning to Cleveland after the war, he began his career at what was then the U.S. Post Office Department. In 1963, he was transferred to the Washington area, where he rose to director of personnel for the mid-Atlantic region.

His first wife, Lucile Davidson, died in 1984 after 45 years of marriage.

He later married Moselle Caldwell, who died in 1992.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Robert MacCloskey of Annandale and Martha Fernandez of Stephens City, Va.; two stepchildren, Courtney Caldwell and Jeffry Caldwell, both of California; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.