The obituary of Susan L. Kulesher, which was published May 31, omitted her surviving relatives. They include two daughters, Kate Kulesher Jarecke of Lincoln, Neb., and Meghan Kulesher Lynch of Alexandria; two sisters; a brother; and five grandchildren. (Published 06/04/04).

Elizabeth Taylor 'Betty' Knight

Music Teacher

Elizabeth Taylor "Betty" Knight, 94, who taught music at Mount Vernon Elementary School in Alexandria for 32 years, died of cancer May 22 at the Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington, Va.

She moved to the retirement community in 1989.

Mrs. Knight was born in Portsmouth, Va., to Theodore Tilghman and Fannye Manning Taylor, who, along with her only sibling, a sister, died in the flu epidemic of 1918 that killed millions of people.

Raised by family and friends, she received a bachelor's degree in music in 1931 from Farmville State Teachers College, now Longwood University. That year, she moved to Alexandria to begin her teaching career. She retired in 1963.

She and her husband then moved to Mosquito Point near White Stone in the Northern Neck of Virginia. She enjoyed golf and was a member of the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria and Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club in Kilmarnock, Va.

She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria and later of Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock, where she was assistant organist for many years.

Her husband of 51 years, L. Earl Knight, died in 1984.

There are no immediate survivors.

Robert Anthony O'Brien

Hotel Sales Executive

Robert Anthony O'Brien, 79, a retired hotel sales executive and a native Washingtonian, died May 22 from complications while recovering from surgery at the Casey House hospice in Rockville. He was a resident of Bethesda.

He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and American University. During World War II, he served in the Navy as an aviation machinist.

From 1965 to the early 1970s, Mr. O'Brien worked in hotel sales at the Shoreham Hotel. Later, he spent 12 years as a hotel sales executive for the Krisam Group in Washington, which works with meeting planners to book space with member hotels. He retired in 1991.

He was a member of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda and Kenwood Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sharon Meenehan O'Brien of Bethesda; two children, Christopher Robert O'Brien of Bethesda and Kelly-Ann Anderson of Arlington; a sister; and two grandsons.

Susan L. Kulesher


Susan L. Kulesher, 62, who retired in 1995 after eight years as an English, journalism and creative writing teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, died May 22 at Georgetown University Hospital. She had breast cancer.

Before joining Thomas Jefferson in 1987, Mrs. Kulesher taught 23 years at Fairfax County's Thomas Edison High School in Alexandria, where she served as chairman of the English Department.

In 1986, she received the Foster B. Gresham Award for excellence in teaching English and language arts from the Virginia Association of Teachers of English.

In retirement, she worked as an education specialist for the American Statistical Association for about five years.

Mrs. Kulesher, an Arlington resident, was a native of Pittsfield, Mass. She graduated from Amherst College and received a master's degree in secondary education from George Mason University.

She was an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Arlington, a former committee member of Alexandria's Del Ray Artisans organization and a campaign volunteer for Democratic Party candidates.

Her husband, Dr. Thomas H. Kulesher, died four years after their marriage in 1964.

Grace Marie Clayborne

Church Member

Grace Marie Clayborne, 80, who was a longtime member of Virginia Hills Baptist Church, died May 23 of complications from a stroke at her home in the Virginia Hills section of Alexandria.

She was born and grew up in Alexandria and attended Alexandria High School.

Her husband of almost 50 years, Donald W. Clayborne, died last June. A son, Kenneth D. Clayborne, died in 1998.

Survivors include two children, Rebecca C. Clayborne and John S. Clayborne, both of Alexandria; two sisters, Alma Bryan of Springfield and Anzie Wilson of Orbisonia, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Edith C. Gibson Clark

Homemaker, Volunteer

Edith C. Gibson Clark, 69, a homemaker and volunteer, died of cancer May 26 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She was a resident of Upper Marlboro.

Mrs. Clark was born in Toms Creek, Va., and went to work after high school at C&P Telephone as an office worker in downtown Washington.

She married in 1955 and worked as an instructor at the Forestville Early Learning Center. She loved taking care of children and volunteered at the Vacation Bible School and summer school and also baby-sat in her home for the past 30 years.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Robert F. Clark of Upper Marlboro; four children, Robert Clark of Sterling Heights, Mich., Charles Clark of Chattanooga, Sandra Madison of Laurel and Rhonna Clark of Upper Marlboro; seven sisters; a brother; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.