Alice Jablonsky Cale

Writer, Editor

Alice Jablonsky Cale, 52, a former Northern Virginia resident who worked for National Geographic as a writer and editor from 1973 to 1990, died of lung cancer June 8 at a hospital in San Ramon, Calif.

Mrs. Cale, who once made her home in Alexandria and then Arlington, traveled considerably during her career with National Geographic, trekking to the Seychelles Islands and Yosemite National Park, where she met her future husband.

After her marriage to William Cale in the early 1990s, she left National Geographic and moved to Danville, Calif.

She worked as writer and editor for LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., an Emeryville, Calif.-based developer and marketer of educational products.

She also did freelance writing and editing for various organizations and businesses, including Galoob Toys Inc.

Mrs. Cale, a daughter of an Army major general, was born in Carlisle, Pa., and raised in Turkey and Iran, among other places. She graduated from a high school in California and in 1973 from Miami University of Ohio.

In addition to her husband, of Danville, survivors include her mother, Virgie Jablonsky of San Antonio; two sisters, Jean Rickard of Vienna and Lea Uhre of Potomac; two brothers, David Jablonsky of Carlisle and James Tully of Nashville.