Federal Employee, Author
Justine Davis Randers-Pehrson, 94, a federal employee who wrote histories -- medical, Roman and personal -- and was a self-employed translator, died Sept. 2 at her home in Hamden, Conn. She had cardiac arrest and coronary artery disease.
Mrs. Randers-Pehrson was a Library of Congress cataloguer from 1934 to 1940 and again in 1970, when she retired.
She also had been a cataloguer at the National Library of Medicine, wrote abstracts for the U.S. Office of Technical Services and was a translator -- she spoke French and German -- at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
She was born at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of an Army officer. She lived on various Army posts and settled in the Washington area in 1922.
She was a 1927 graduate of the old Central High School and a 1931 graduate of Hood College in Frederick, having spent her junior year studying in France.
In 1932, she received a master's degree in philosophy from Radcliffe College and took courses at Harvard University from the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead.
She studied sociology at Howard University in the 1960s and was a member of a civil rights group called Wednesdays in Mississippi as well as the American Civil Liberties Union.
Mrs. Randers-Pehrson, who sometimes described herself as a Socialist, began writing in the 1950s in response to the anti-Communist purge by Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (D-Wis.). She wrote an unpublished novel, "Sticks and Stones," based on the hearings.
Her earliest published book was "The Surgeon's Glove" (1960), a history of surgical gloves.
In retirement, she took about 20 trips overseas, traversing the old Roman Empire for her work "Barbarians and Romans: The Birth Struggle of Europe, A.D. 400-700" (1983).
Her interest in genealogy led to "Germans and the Revolution of 1848-1849" (1999) and "Adolf Douai, 1819-1888: The Turbulent Life of a German Forty-Eighter in the Homeland and in the United States" (2000).
She told Contemporary Authors she began pursuing historical writing because "it entails absorbing background reading, travel . . . and photography."
She said she illustrated "Barbarians and Romans" with more than 100 of her own photographs, taken from such places as Samarkand, the Nile River and Libya.
She also published fiction and a memoir.
She moved to Hamden from Reston in 2000.
Her husband, Nils Henrik Randers-Pehrson, died in 1970.
Survivors include three children, Glenn Randers-Pehrson of Edgewood, Md., Gerhard Randers-Pehrson of Ossining, N.Y., and Sigrid R-P. Smith of North Haven, Conn.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Linda L. Cooper
Artist, Insurance Specialist
Linda L. Cooper, 61, an artist and fine arts insurance specialist, died Aug. 15 at her home in Arlington. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Cooper was 53 when her Alzheimer's disease was diagnosed. She and her husband, Barry Cooper, were determined that she would live an active life, despite the early onset of the illness, but they often were frustrated by the barriers and lack of public understanding they encountered.
Inspired by his wife's determination and resilience, Mr. Cooper founded the Companion Care Association, a nonprofit organization to help improve care for people with life-altering disabilities and for their caregivers.
Mrs. Cooper was born in Washington. As a "Navy brat," she lived around the world. She returned to the area to graduate from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville in the early 1960s. She lived in Irvine, Calif., from 1984 to 1990 and then returned to Arlington.
She studied fine arts at Northern Virginia Community College and the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach.
An accomplished colorist who worked in oil pastels, she became a fine arts insurance specialist, determining what a painting was worth and then setting the insurance rates.
She worked for the Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency from 1976 to 1984 and from 1994 to 1995. In California, she was a fine arts insurance consultant to Nordstern Service International in 1985. From 1985 to 1990, she worked with Clifford Stanton Heinz, a Newport Beach private investor.
Returning to the Washington area, she was an assistant to the site architect for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum from 1994 to 1993, working closely with lead architect James Freed of Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners.
She worked as a fine arts insurance specialist for Henderson Phillips Fine Arts from 1995 until her retirement the next year. .
Her marriage to Harold Edwards ended in divorce.
In addition to her husband of 23 years, Barry Cooper, of Arlington, survivors include two children from her first marriage, Dayna Edwards of McLean and Troy Edwards of Sterling; two sisters; her mother, Betty Blevins of Melbourne, Fla.; and four grandchildren.