Edith Gould Martin

Musician, Arts Supporter

Edith Gould Martin, 83, a musician and former trustee of the Washington National Opera, died Aug. 17 of complications from a stroke while at her country residence in Arkville, N.Y. She had lived in Washington since 1946.

Mrs. Martin was born in New York City. She attended Barnard College for a year before joining the Navy during World War II. She served as a radiowoman in San Diego and later worked in the Office of Naval Intelligence, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

Before the war, she spent a summer at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., and afterward appeared onstage in New York in several plays, including Agatha Christie's "Hidden Horizon."

She was a pianist and studied under Isidore Philipp in New York and Margaret Tolson in Washington, and she was a guest pianist with a quartet led by violinist and concertmaster Werner Lywen in 1965. She also played the harp.

Her vocal compositions included "Song Cycle on the Poems of Lenau and Schiller" (1968). Several were performed in concert by opera stars Nicolai Gedda and Victoria de los Angeles.

She also wrote poetry.

At her death, Mrs. Martin was a trustee emeritus of the Washington National Opera and a former board president. She also had served on the boards of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Potomac Valley Opera Company and the Paul IV Institute for the Arts. She was a member of the Sulgrave Club and the City Tavern Club.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Guy Martin of Washington; four children, Guy Martin III of Washington, Jason Gould Martin of Stone Ridge, N.Y., Christopher Kingdon Martin of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Theodosia Burr Martin of Arkville; a brother, Kingdon Gould Jr. of Laurel; and five grandchildren.

Valerie Earle

Georgetown Professor

Valerie Alkemeyer Earle, 85, a Georgetown University professor emeritus of government and leader in faculty groups, died Aug. 20 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She had congestive heart failure.

Dr. Earle, a Washington resident, joined the Georgetown faculty in 1955 and retired in 1985. Within a few years, she began teaching again, in the university's liberal studies program.

In 1999, she was a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching faculty award.

Earlier in her career, she drafted the bylaws of Georgetown's faculty senate and was its first president. She also was president of the faculty association and a member of the university's rank and tenure committee.

Dr. Earle, a native of Houston, received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Texas. Early in her career, she taught political science at the University of Alabama.

She was a former chairman of the D.C. elections commission. She was also a member of Church of the Annunciation in Washington.

Her husband, Chester Earle, whom she married in 1942, died in 1986.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Walter J. 'Jack' Hogan

Electrical Engineer

Walter J. "Jack" Hogan, 65, a former electrical engineer with IBM, died of cirrhosis of the liver Aug. 20 at his home in Vienna.

Mr. Hogan, a Vienna resident for nearly 30 years, was born in Warren, Pa., and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1961 with a degree in electrical engineering. He moved to the Washington area in 1966 and worked for IBM from 1966 until his retirement in 1993.

Survivors include two brothers, Donald L. Hogan of Afton, N.Y., and William L. Hogan of Mont Vernon, N.H.; and a sister, Joan C. Grabsch of Springfield.