Mary Indivero Dingle


Mary Indivero Dingle, 73, an Alexandria resident who sold Avon products for the past 30 years, died May 16 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She had kidney and liver failure.

She also sold Tupperware for about 15 years until the mid-1980s.

Mrs. Dingle, who lived in the Washington area for 34 years, was a native of Syracuse, N.Y.

Her husband, Francis Dingle, died in 1992 after 40 years of marriage.

Survivors include three children, Lawrence Dingle of Alexandria, and Andrea Dingle and Sandra Dorough, both of Fairfax; a sister; a brother; and two grandchildren.

William Hale Roberts

Air Force Colonel

William Hale Roberts, 75, a retired Air Force colonel who flew bombing missions in the Korean War and later became a maintenance and logistics chief, died May 6 of a lung ailment at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. He lived in Alexandria.

After enlisting in the Army Air Forces in 1946, Col. Roberts rose through the ranks and was assigned to pilot training in 1948. He was commissioned an officer in the Air Force in 1949. Although his brother had been killed in the crash of a B-29 Superfortress in 1948, Col. Roberts became a B-29 pilot himself and flew 19 combat missions with the 98th Bomb Wing during the Korean War.

After the war, he was trained on the new B-52 Stratofortress and was among the first pilots to qualify for combat readiness in that warplane. He also trained other pilots flying the B-52.

From 1964 to 1969, Col. Roberts was a squadron commander and chief of maintenance at Air Force bases in California, Turkey and Spain. In 1970, after a year's study at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, he was named chief of maintenance and later deputy commander for materiel with the 56th Operations Wing in Thailand. From 1971 to 1979, he was deputy commander for logistics and later the deputy chief of staff for logistics at Langley AFB, Va., Bolling AFB and Andrews AFB.

Col. Roberts was a native of Harrisburg, Ill., where his father was a coal miner. He retired from the Air Force in 1979, after 33 years. Among his honors were the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and four awards of the Air Force Commendation Medal.

From 1979 to 1998, he was senior scientist at Science Applications International in Arlington, assisting in development of the Tomahawk cruise missile.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Lorie Madore Roberts of Alexandria; four children, Jancy Ann Bell of Springfield, Sharon Marie Henssen and Jennifer Jane Roberts, both of Alexandria, and Brain Hale Roberts of Tucson; five grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister.

James E. Dickerson

DIA Official

James Edward Dickerson, 62, a security official who had worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency since 1967, died May 21 at a hospital in Colorado Springs. He had amyloidosis, a degenerative disorder.

After three years in the Army, Mr. Dickerson joined the DIA in Washington as a special agent. In the mid-1970s, he did intelligence work in Vietnam before returning to Washington. In the early 1990s, he was chief of the agency's central adjudication facility, which handles security clearances.

In 1993, he moved from Springfield to Colorado, spending a decade as chief of the security office at North American Aerospace Defense Command at the U.S. Space Command.

At his death, he was chief of the security office at NORAD's U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for defense issues affecting the North American continent. His duties included overseeing the control and accountability of security clearances and related security issues. He lived in Colorado Springs.

A native of Scranton, Pa., he graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1964 with a degree in education.

His marriage to Dee Nguyen Dickerson ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of three years, Gloria Gorder Dickerson of Colorado Springs; a son from his first marriage, Michael Dickerson of Falls Church; four stepchildren, Phil Dickerson of Colorado Springs, Anne Leighton of Charlotte, Stacey Upton of Watertown, N.Y., and Stefanie Pascal of Erie, Colo.; and nine grandchildren.

Eleanor Bertha Ackerman

Temple Member, Economist

Eleanor Bertha Ackerman, 79, a Jewish congregation member and retired economist at the Federal Reserve Board, died of heart disease May 24 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

A Washington area native, Ms. Ackerman graduated from Roosevelt High School. Her parents owned and operated Ulman Cleaners at Chevy Chase Circle in the District.

After graduating from George Washington University in 1946, she worked briefly at the Fed, one of the few female economists there then. She married in 1947 and quit work to raise a family.

Ms. Ackerman was a longtime member of the Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase. She served as president of the Kineret chapter of Hadassah. She enjoyed collecting Oriental paintings and Kabuki dolls. She considered herself a lifelong Washingtonian, though she lived just across the District line in Chevy Chase.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Morris Ackerman of Chevy Chase; two children, Suzanne Ackerman of Chevy Chase and Jerry Ackerman of San Jose; and one granddaughter.

Kenneth C. Donaldson

Army Colonel

Kenneth C. Donaldson, 83, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army and business manager at Walter Johnson High School, died of heart disease May 27 at the National Lutheran Home. He lived in Rockville.

Born in Helena, Mont., Col. Donaldson graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in history and political science. He received a master's degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1950. The next year, he had fulfilled the requirements for a doctorate in history when his dissertation was destroyed in a campus fire. He never rewrote the dissertation or received the degree.

A three-war veteran, Col. Donaldson served in North Africa and Europe with the 1st Armored Division during World War II. He served with the 2nd Infantry in Korea during that war and was with Military Assistance Command-Vietnam in Vietnam. Among his awards were the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

He retired from the Army's Office of the Chief of Military History in 1969. That year, he became business manager of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. He retired again in 1980, then became a substitute teacher at the school.

Col. Donaldson was a past president of the school's PTA and was president, treasurer and scholarship committee member of the Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association. He was a member of the Rockville Library Assistants Community and was on the board of trustees of the National Lutheran Home from 1986 to 1994.

From 1981 to 1993, he was a volunteer at the National Lutheran Home, where he enjoyed taking photos and helping residents. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bethesda and the Potomac Corral of Westerners.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lucille Donaldson of Rockville; a daughter, Suzanne Preudhomme of Frederick; a brother; a sister; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.