Edgar H. de Lesseps

Editor, Writer

Edgar H. de Lesseps, 82, a former Arlington resident who retired in 1985 after 18 years as a writer and editor for the U.S. Information Agency, died May 27 at a hospital in Birmingham after a heart attack.

Mr. de Lesseps was born in Baton Rouge, La., and raised there and in St. Francisville, La.

The World War II Army veteran, who served in the famed U.S. Third Army in Europe, graduated from Louisiana State University, where he was editor of the campus newspaper.

He started his journalism career as a reporter at the Shreveport (La.) Journal. In the 1950s, he was managing editor of the Opelousas (La.) Daily World, where he was cited by the Louisiana Press Association for editorial excellence.

Mr. de Lesseps settled in Arlington after joining the USIA in Washington in 1967. He covered Congress, the State Department and the White House during his career.

He moved to Ocean Springs, Miss., in 1986.

His first wife, Alice Sue Brown de Lesseps, died in 1981. They were married 32 years.

His second wife, Barbara Sue Dedrickson de Lesseps, died in 1986. They were married about a year.

Survivors include four children from his first marriage, Mary Suzanne Ehrenhalt of Arlington, Judith Lynn Brown of Falls Church, Rachel Katherine Longino of Oak Hill, Va., and Scott Hamilton de Lesseps of Arlington; three stepsons, Russell Dedrickson of Vidalia, Ga., Leslie Dedrickson of Pasadena, Md., and Alex Dedrickson of St. Leonard; and four grandchildren.

Mary Louise Adams Cox

Army Administrative Official

Mary Louise Adams Cox, 88, a longtime civilian official with the Department of the Army, died May 28 of complications of lung cancer at her daughter's home in Clinton.

Mrs. Cox held a variety of management positions with the Army for more than 30 years, beginning in 1942, when she moved to the area. She worked for the Army's Munitions Division until 1973, when she retired as chief of the administrative section of the Ordnance Technical Intelligence Agency, a branch of the Army that has since been renamed.

In 1968, the Munitions Division was moved from Washington to Charlottesville.

She lived in Cape Coral, Fla., from 1973 to 2001, when she moved to Clinton

Mrs. Cox was born in Raleigh, N.C. In the late 1930s, according to her family, she was first runner-up in the Miss North Carolina pageant.

Her marriages to Malcolm P. Adams and Nelson F. Cox ended in divorce.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Campanaro of Cape Coral and Martha Miller of Clinton; two sisters, Lillian Magruder of Gaithersburg and Evelyn Bayly of Burke; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Persis W. Morris

Club Member

Persis W. Morris, 88, a longtime Washington resident and member of the Sulgrave Club, died of congestive heart failure May 21 at her son's home in Falls Church.

Mrs. Morris was born in Boston. She worked briefly for the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University before taking a secretarial job at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown in 1940.

In 1946, she married Stephen V.C. Morris, a U.S. diplomat. The family lived in Paris and Brussels, where her husband served as cultural affairs officer. They returned to Washington in 1965.

Mrs. Morris spent her summers in Lenox, Mass., and was an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the 1970s and 1980s. She moved to Falls Church 10 years ago.

Her husband died in 1984.

Survivors include three children, Helen Morris Scorsese and Christopher W. Morris, both of New York, and James McGrath Morris of Falls Church; a sister; and four grandchildren.

George Andrew Hamilton

GPO Printer

George Andrew Hamilton, 77, who worked as a pressman for the Government Printing Office for 30 years, died May 28 at his home in Arlington. He had cancer.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Mr. Hamilton returned to his native New Hampshire and worked for a printing company for 14 years before moving to Arlington in 1959. He held his position as a pressman with the GPO until he retired in 1989.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Naval Reserve and the Washington local of the former International Printing and Graphic Communications Union.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Juliet Hamilton of Arlington; six children, Jean McCollough of Austin, Peter Hamilton of Wake Forest, N.C., Paul Hamilton of Manassas, John Hamilton of Sterling and Laura Jane Hamilton and Amy Dhondt, both of Arlington; a brother; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.