Harry McLaurine Lattimore

Librarian, Lorton Historian

Harry McLaurine Lattimore, 78, a Fairfax County librarian who founded the Lorton Heritage Society, died Aug. 21 of a stroke at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had been in an automobile accident 10 days earlier. He lived in Fredericksburg.

Mr. Lattimore moved to Northern Virginia in 1969, taking a job with the public library in Centreville. He later worked at the Patrick Henry Library in Vienna and the Sherwood Regional Library in Alexandria. While there, he became manager of the bookmobile that served Lorton.

In 1981, he opened the first library in Lorton in a storefront in the Williamsburg Square shopping center, which became a community hub. He was branch manager of the library until he retired in 1988. The Lorton Community Library, which opened in its own building in 1990, will dedicate an exhibit space to Mr. Lattimore.

Following his retirement from the Fairfax County Library, he worked for Davis Industries of Lorton, preparing statistical information about recycling.

Mr. Lattimore was the founder of the Lorton Heritage Society, an organization devoted to preserving the community's history. He was an adviser to the Fairfax County History Commission and led an effort to recognize historical landmarks and to have streets and public facilities in Lorton named in honor of early settlers. He helped discover a forgotten graveyard in which prisoners from the Lorton Correctional Complex, some of whom had been executed, were buried.

He was co-chairman of a task force that examined housing growth in Lorton. He also served on the board of the Federation of Lorton Communities, a group of more than 30 homeowners associations. At his suggestion, the federation launched an annual Fourth of July parade in 1990. Mr. Lattimore was grand marshal of the parade in 2002.

He also was interested in genealogy and had conducted research into his family's history, as well as that of George Mason, an important figure in colonial Virginia.

Mr. Lattimore was born in Waco, Tex., and grew up in Oklahoma. He graduated from Baylor University in Waco. During World War II, he served in the Army's 10th Mountain Division in Italy and received two Purple Hearts.

He was director of the Hollis, Okla., Chamber of Commerce and was a high school English and Latin teacher in Oklahoma. In the early 1960s, he worked at the Menninger Clinic, a psychiatric treatment center in Topeka, Kan., and received a "Distinguished Jayhawker" award from the governor.

Mr. Lattimore lived in Lorton until 1988, when he moved to King George County, Va., and later to Fredericksburg. Through his genealogical research, he had located some distant cousins, whom he was driving to visit at the time of his accident.

Survivors include a brother.

Irene K. Moore

Piano and Ballet Teacher

Irene K. Moore, 74, a piano and ballet teacher, died Aug. 28 at Renaissance Gardens in Silver Spring, where she lived. She had Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Born in Newark, Mrs. Moore moved to Baltimore at an early age. She received her early piano training in Baltimore, studying first with Ethel Kuszmaul and later, as a scholarship student, with Louis Hirshauer at the Peabody Institute.

Ranked second in her high school class, she received a Peabody Medal for Academic Excellence and received a scholarship to Goucher College, from which she graduated in 1950 with a degree in linguistics. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1991, she received a master's degree in music from Southeastern Louisiana University.

She married in 1955 and moved to the Washington area, where she taught in public schools for about 10 years. Mrs. Moore opened a piano studio in Potomac in the mid-1960s. She continued teaching piano after moving to the New Orleans area in 1978 and to Naples, Fla., in 1993. She returned to the Washington area in 2002.

Her piano students won awards in numerous local, regional and national competitions. She was a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Maryland State Music Teachers Association, the Washington Music Teachers Association, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the Florida State Music Teachers Association and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. She served as an adjudicator for many regional piano competitions.

Mrs. Moore was also a ballet teacher whose studio presented many concerts in the Baltimore-Washington area from the 1940s through 1960s. In the 1980s she was a real estate agent in the New Orleans area.

Her husband of 32 years, Carl Thomas Moore, died in 1987.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas D. Moore of Silver Spring and Richard D. Moore of Alexandria; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Andrew F. Downey Jr.

Retired Railway Officer

Andrew F. Downey Jr., 78, a retired assistant to the vice president of transportation of Norfolk Southern Railway, died of a brain tumor Aug. 27 at his home in Atlanta.

Mr. Downey joined Southern Railway, which later merged with Norfolk Southern, in 1948. Beginning in 1957, he worked at the railway's Washington headquarters in the labor relations and transportation departments. He transferred to Atlanta in 1984 when the headquarters moved there and retired in 1987.

An Atlanta native, Mr. Downey graduated from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in medicine and from the Atlanta Law School with a law degree in 1951. At Emory, he was in the Navy's V-12 program, which provided officer training at U.S. colleges and universities during World War II.

He lived in Arlington and Fairfax from 1957 until 1984.

Mr. Drew played chess and won several trophies for tournament play.

His marriage to Doris Fackler Downey ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Marian Ford Downey of Atlanta; a son from his first marriage, Scott Downey of Springfield; two stepchildren, Steve Worsham of Anderson, S.C., and Cynthia Cosby of Atlanta; a brother; and eight stepgrandchildren.