Clement L. McGowan
FBI Special Agent
Clement L. McGowan, 87, a retired FBI special agent, died of cardiovascular disease Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. He was a resident of Bowie.
Mr. McGowan joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta and worked in the Newark and Charlotte field offices before transferring to FBI headquarters in Washington in 1950. He had a 35-year career as a special agent, serving as chief of the civil rights section in the general investigative division from 1960 until his retirement in 1975. He played a prominent role in the resolution of major civil rights investigations in the 1960s.
Mr. McGowan, a native of Atlanta, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in 1937 with a degree in economics, and from Emory Law School in Atlanta in 1940. He then joined the FBI.
Mr. McGowan was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Parish in Cheverly for 40 years, serving on the parish council, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In 1990, he moved to Bowie, where he joined the Sacred Heart parish.
He was devoted to his very large family, and each July for more than 20 years, he hosted a family reunion in Ocean City.
His wife of 47 years, Marie McGowan, died in 1988.
Survivors include eight children, Margaret McGowan of Rockville, Kathryn Woolley of Hillsborough, N.J., Anne Wolfe of Greenfield, Wis., Patricia Breen and Irene Porada, both of North Potomac, Clement L. McGowan III of North Bethesda, John McGowan of Waldorf and James McGowan of Bowie; 26 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Margaret Florence Culotta
Church Member, Homemaker
Margaret Florence Dockry Culotta, 81, a church member, volunteer and homemaker, died of a stroke and renal failure Sept. 15 at the Washington Home.
She was born in Kewaunee, Wis. During World War II, her family moved to San Diego. She attended the University of San Diego and volunteered with the Red Cross. She married in 1947.
Mrs. Culotta and her family moved to Bethesda in 1949. She was a member of the Church of the Little Flower's Mystical Rose Society, the D.C. Dental Auxiliary and the Friday Morning Bowling League. She was also a member of several bridge and investment clubs.
A son, John E. Culotta, died in 1988. A daughter, Patricia Culotta Seitts, died in 2002.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Dr. Anthony P. Culotta of Bethesda; four children, Dr. Margaret Culotta-Norton of Kensington, Nancy J. Culotta of Ann Arbor, Mich., Kathleen A. Donahue of Bethesda and Anthony P. Culotta of Tampa; and nine grandchildren.
Elizabeth Popkins Hoffmaster
Elizabeth Popkins Hoffmaster, 86, a founding member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Groveton, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 26 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria.
Mrs. Hoffmaster was born in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Alexandria in 1935. She went to work at the Navy Yard after high school.
After marrying in April 1941, she and her husband built a house next to her parent's farm on Popkins Lane, one of the last dairy farms in the area. She was still living there at the time of her death.
Mrs. Hoffmaster was president of the Catholic Women's Council at her church in 1959. She continued to be an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church until her death.
Her husband of 55 years, Ralph Willis Hoffmaster Sr., died in 1996.
Survivors include six children, Jane H. Puletz of Alexandria, Judy Delp of Herndon, Ralph W. Hoffmaster Jr. of San Diego, Kay Almassy of Alexandria, Ann H. Harrison of Woodbine, Md., and Susan H. Crow of Alexandria; 23 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Edna Oxley DesVerney
Edna Oxley DesVerney, 94, who settled in the Washington area in 1984 and was a volunteer at Wyngate Elementary School in Bethesda in the late 1980s, died Sept. 16 at the Georgetown Retirement Residence. She had congestive heart failure.
Mrs. DesVerney, a Bethesda resident, was born in Boston and attended Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C.
She spent most of her life in New Rochelle, N.Y., where she became a purchasing agent for its board of education.
She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park. Her hobbies included painting and attending the theater.
Her husband of 27 years, Edward DesVerney, died in 1958.
Survivors include four daughters, Jean Rozansky of Chevy Chase, Edna Jones of Pasadena, Calif., Andrea Stanley of Bethesda and Marie Skorish of Carefree, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.