Linda Vickers Peterson

Writer, Editor

Linda Vickers Peterson, 59, who was technical editor at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu's Emerging Markets Group, died Aug. 11 at George Washington University Hospital. She had pneumonia, leukemia and lymphoma.

Mrs. Peterson joined Deloitte, a consulting firm, full time in January. She was working on a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded project to expand the role of private and commercial organizations in reproductive health care in developing countries.

During much of her career, Mrs. Peterson was a writer and an editor. She was a freelance writer and editor from 2001 until joining Deloitte. She wrote speeches, research reports, annual reports, opinion pieces, feature stories and content for Internet sites. She specialized in international development as an editor and did short-term marketing communications assignments with the American Red Cross.

Among her clients were WISER, a nonprofit organization devoted to women's retirement saving and investing; the Maryland Hospital Association; the World Bank; and USAID. She provided copy-editing for a broad range of public policy reports and research, with topics ranging from child abuse prevention to environmental impact of floating casinos.

She held senior writing and editing positions at the Forum for Investor Advice, from 2000 to 2001, and at the Investment Company Institute, from 1999 to 2000.

Mrs. Peterson was assistant director of advocacy and member communications for the American Hospital Association in Chicago and Washington from 1987 to 1997. Her communication kits on hospitals and the environment won a Chicago International Association of Business Communicators' Spectra Award.

She was a national affairs associate at National Public Radio for a year and a legislative assistant to Rep. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.), now a senator, from 1983 to 1986.

Mrs. Peterson was born in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up in Minnesota and North Dakota. She graduated from the University of Louisville.

She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, where she volunteered on committees.

She was a tennis junkie who mentioned that her only regret may be that she never perfected her tennis game, family members said.

She was interested in politics and enjoyed discussing and analyzing current events. She participated in a book club and enjoyed gardening and collecting Roseville pottery.

She was a resident of Alexandria, having moved to the Washington area in 1974.

Her husband, William R. Peterson, died in 1990.

Survivors include two sons, Chad Peterson of Westfield, N.J., and Mark Peterson of Easthampton, Mass.; her parents, Geraldine and Milton Vickers of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; a sister; a brother; and a grandson.

Dr. Richard E. Hartzell

Tennis Coach, Psychologist

Dr. Richard E. Hartzell, 69, a former assistant tennis coach at the U.S. Naval Academy and an Army chief of psychology for the surgeon general of the United States, died Sept. 5 at his home in Crofton. He had lymphoma.

Dr. Hartzell was born in Edgerton, Wis., and graduated from Beloit College in 1956. As an athlete, he planned to become a coach. During his military service, however, he gravitated toward psychology. He received a master's degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1963 and a doctorate in psychology from American University in 1968.

He was in the Navy from 1956 to 1970, serving as a Naval Academy instructor and tennis coach from 1964 to 1969. At the time, the Navy did not have a psychology program, so he arranged a transfer to the Army, where he served from 1970 to 1984.

He was Army chief of psychology from 1974 to 1979, and his efforts included developing a program to help rehabilitate returning Vietnam veterans.

He received the Legion of Merit in 1984 and retired as a lieutenant colonel that year.

He went into private practice, developing a program designed to nurture athletic excellence by relying on psychological insights instead of drugs. He also lectured in the region.

Dr. Hartzell was a member of the American Psychological Association, the Edgerton High School Athletic Hall of Fame and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Gambrills.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Rita M. Hartzell of Crofton; three sons, Jack R. Hartzell of Pasadena, Mark D. Hartzell of Westfield, N.J., and Jeffrey A. Hartzell of Albuquerque; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

Katherine Kane Wheatley

Homemaker, Teaching Assistant

Katherine Kane Wheatley, 77, a homemaker and longtime teaching assistant in the Alexandria schools, died Sept. 4 of complications resulting from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Mrs. Wheatley, known as Kitty, was born in Alexandria and lived there her whole life. She graduated from George Washington High School in 1945 and received an undergraduate degree from Sullins College in Bristol, Va., where she majored in speech and dramatic arts. She was active in the Sullins Repertory Theater Group and performed as Jim Coolidge in Martin Wright Sampson's "The Soul of a Professor." Her favorite role was that of Mrs. Warren Austin, a wealthy bibliophile in "Oh Father!" a three-act comedy by William Ellis Jones.

She was a teaching assistant for 21 years, retiring in 1992. She also was active in Meals on Wheels for five years with two sisters, Betty Kane Higgins and Roberta Kane Hufty, and often volunteered at the Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria.

Mrs. Wheatley's husband, Jack Lee Wheatley, died in 1987.

Survivors include three daughters, Katharine Lee Wheatley of Charleston, S.C., and Carolyn Rose Wheatley and Margaret Susan Wheatley Rowell, both of Alexandria; three sisters, Betty Kane Higgins, Roberta Kane Hufty and June Kane Vega, all of Alexandria; and a granddaughter.

Evelyn 'Sandy' Prenzel


Evelyn "Sandy" Prenzel, a former secretary for a real estate firm, died of complications of a stroke Sept. 3 at the Signature Pointe on the Lake nursing facility in Dallas. She is a former resident of Falls Church.

Mrs. Prenzel was born in Clinton, Ill. During her early years, she taught ballroom dancing at the University of Illinois. During the 1940s and 1950s, she was a secretary for an Air Force general at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois, where she met her husband.

She traveled with her husband to his Air Force postings in Mississippi, Illinois, Texas and Colorado. In 1966, she moved to Falls Church. From 1968 to 1971, she was a part-time secretary for Tatum Realty in Fairfax.

She was a charter member of the Ladies of the Elks at the Arlington-Fairfax Lodge.

Her husband of 44 years, retired Air Force Maj. John "Jack" Prenzel, died in 2002. She then moved to Texas to be close to family.

Survivors include a daughter, Lucia Knudsen of Carrollton, Tex.; and a granddaughter.