William Harrison Armstrong
Youth Activities Volunteer
William Harrison Armstrong, 83, a former dairy husbandry expert who later managed personnel offices in Alexandria and who, in retirement, was active with Fauquier County schools, died of cancer Aug. 3 at his home in Midland.
Mr. Armstrong was born in Midland and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. As a member of the school's ROTC during World War II, Mr. Armstrong was preparing for a military stint when he "died" in a car accident in 1942. Transported to a morgue, an attendant noticed that he was still breathing.
After a long recovery, he was on camouflage maneuvers with his ROTC unit and, as his daughter, Hope Armstrong Erb, related, camouflaged himself too well: A jeep ran over his leg, ending any prospects for military service.
From 1943 to 1950, Mr. Armstrong served on the faculties of Virginia Tech and the University of Tennessee, where he taught dairy husbandry.
From 1950 to 1966, he was manager of the Virginia Artificial Breeding Association in Franklin County, where he planned and implemented a breeding program for Virginia dairy cattle. His program also was put into practice in several cattle-raising African countries.
In 1966, at age 45, Mr. Armstrong began a new career. He moved to Alexandria, where he owned and managed several offices of Snelling Personnel Services and provided a free summer employment service for young people.
He was involved in youth activities his whole life. He received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America and was president of the Alexandria branches of both the American Red Cross and the Kiwanis Club. He also was a fundraiser for the 4-H centers at Smith Mountain Lake and in Front Royal, Va.
Mr. Armstrong retired to his Fauquier County farm in 1983, where he grew roses and served as chairman of both the School Board selection commission for the county and a transportation committee that has lobbied for years for an alternative to narrow and dangerous Route 28 from Manassas to the Route 29 intersection. He also was a founding member of the Excellence in Education Committee, which raises funds each year to recognize and further the development of outstanding teachers.
Mr. Armstrong was a member of the Midland United Methodist Church.
In addition to his daughter, of Richmond, survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mildred Armstrong of Midland; a son, Harrison Armstrong of Springfield; a sister, Elizabeth Thorpe of Catlett; a brother, Lester Armstrong of Birmingham; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Raymond E. Johnson
Interior Department Official
Raymond Earl Johnson, 89, a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official, died of cardiac arrest July 14 at his home in Arlington.
Dr. Johnson worked at Fish and Wildlife, in the Interior Department, from 1955 to 1973. He served as chief of the federal aid branch early on and later was assistant director for servicewide research, which made him responsible for identifying contaminants that caused widespread mortality in fish and wildlife.
In 1970, he served on loan as acting commissioner of the office of pesticides at the new Environmental Protection Agency. He then returned to Fish and Wildlife, retiring in 1973 as head of the Division of Environmental Quality.
He received Interior's Distinguished Service Medal in 1968. The Natural Resources Council of America gave him its lifetime achievement award in 1984.
He was a native of Peru, Neb., and a biology graduate of Doane College in Nebraska. He received a master's degree in limnology and botany from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate in ichthyology and geology from the University of Michigan.
After serving in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, he became assistant federal aid supervisor for the Minnesota conservation department. He settled in the Washington area in 1958.
After leaving Interior, he spent a few years at the National Science Foundation and became director of the division of advanced environmental research and technology. He also was a consultant to the National Wildlife Federation.
He was a former president of the American Fisheries Society.
His wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Bindloss Johnson, died in 1998.
Survivors include a son, Willard R. Johnson of Virginia Beach.
Ann Wolff Donaldson
Church Secretary, Volunteer
Ann Wolff Donaldson, 85, a former pledge secretary at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, died July 30 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Maplewood Park Place in Bethesda. A longtime Potomac resident, she moved to Maplewood Park Place, an assisted living facility, in 1996.
Mrs. Donaldson was born in Hudson, N.Y., and grew up in White Plains, N.Y. She graduated from Skidmore College in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in English, and during World War II she volunteered with the Army Air Forces as an airplane spotter. She moved to the Washington area in 1944.
Mrs. Donaldson worked part time at Francis-Reilly children's store in Georgetown during the 1950s and 1960s. From the 1950s into the early 1990s, she was a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of America, the PTA for Montgomery County schools, the Florence Crittenden Home, Discovery Shop, a thrift shop sponsored by the American Cancer Society in Rockville, the National Cathedral Gift Shop and the Skidmore Alumni Association.
She also was a member of the Women of St. Francis, the Bethesda Women's Club, FRIENDS Committee of the National Symphony and the Plain Dirt Gardeners club.
Her marriage to John T. Donaldson ended in divorce.
Survivors include three daughters, Petie Donaldson Bonbrest of Falls Church, Sally Donaldson Tomlin of Springfield and Kate Donaldson Sarfaty of Maidens, Va.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.