Katherine Barker McClenon


Katherine Barker McClenon, 82, a longtime civic volunteer in Washington, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 1 at her home in the District.

Mrs. McClenon, who was known as Kay, was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Washington, where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She attended George Washington University for one year, then transferred to the University of Maryland, from which she graduated in 1942. She had been elected to various academic honor societies.

In 1943, she joined the Naval Reserve and served on active duty as a communications officer in Washington, attaining the rank of lieutenant. In 1948, she received a master's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. McClenon considered herself a career volunteer. She worked with the Community Chest, a predecessor of the United Way, and with organizations at the schools her children attended. She was also a Girl Scout leader and later held other volunteer positions with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital.

She was a member of Eldbrooke United Methodist Church in Washington from 1955 to 1976. Since 1976, she was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, also in Washington, where she chaired the outreach committee, overseeing the church's missions, human services and advocacy. She was also superintendent of the Sunday school, president of the women's society and chairman of the church's administrative council.

She taught reading to adults at Push Literacy Action Now for 12 years in Washington. She was a member of the Friendship-Tenleytown Citizens Association and the Citizens Advisory Council of the Metropolitan Police. She worked regularly at polls during elections.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Paul McClenon of Washington; three children, Robert McClenon of Washington, Charles McClenon of Austin, and Carol McClenon, known in religious life as Sister Mary Carol, of Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands; a sister, Ruth D. Barker of Arlington; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Ethel Dedge Schaefer

Washington Native

Ethel Dedge Schaefer, 94, a native Washingtonian and graduate of the old Business High School, died Aug. 16 at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Sandy Spring. She had congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Schaefer did secretarial work for Casey Engineering Co. in the late 1920s. She did volunteer work for the American Red Cross during World War II.

Her memberships included the Homemakers, the PEO Sisterhood and the Inner Wheel, the women's auxiliary of the Rotary Club.

Her hobbies included playing bridge, collecting stamps and sewing.

She lived at Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Her husband, J. Philip Schaefer, whom she married in 1929, died in 1971.

Survivors include five children, Joan McDonald of Gaithersburg, Jean Mills of Silver Spring, Joyce Baxter of South Euclid, Ohio, John Schaefer of Trinidad, Colo., and Janis Reggio of Monrovia; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Philip Aden Gibson

Insurance Agent

Philip Aden Gibson, 80, a leading agent with New York Life Insurance Co. for 39 years, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 20 at his home in Falls Church.

Mr. Gibson joined the Washington office of New York Life in 1950. He later worked in the Arlington and Fairfax offices. He was designated a chartered life underwriter in 1955 and was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. In 1961, he received the Sales Executive Club of Washington's distinguished salesman award. He retired in 1989.

Mr. Gibson was born in Mason, Ill., and moved with his family to Charleston, Ill., when he was 11. He attended Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in Charleston, where he was a member of the symphonic band and the symphony orchestra. He played the trumpet. He later attended George Washington University.

He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, after which he settled in the Washington area. He worked with Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. from 1948 to 1950.

Mr. Gibson was a member of Annandale United Methodist Church. For several years, he was active in the Lakewood community's Neighborhood Watch patrols. He was a lifelong tennis player and a member of the Fairfax County Golden Rackets until last October.

He also was a competitive croquet player and a sailor who liked to boat on the Chesapeake Bay. He also enjoyed camping with his family.

Mr. Gibson and his wife, Evelyn, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner the day before he died in his sleep.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Suzanne Vance of Alexandria, Janet Adessa of Colorado Springs, Kathy Doering of Herndon and Martha Aldrich of Fairfax Station; a sister; and five grandchildren.