Edith Fry Pearson Darlington
Artist, Hospital Board Member
Edith Fry Pearson Darlington, 84, an artist and former member of the ladies board of Washington Hospital Center, died Oct. 16 at her home in Washington. She had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Mrs. Darlington, a fifth-generation Washington native, graduated from the Potomac School and from Mount Vernon Seminary in 1938. She then began a lifelong dedication to the cultural and civic life of the District.
During World War II, she served the Red Cross as a gray lady and staff assistant at an Episcopal eye, ear, nose and throat hospital in Washington. She also substituted for nurses in surgery during the war.
She became a member of the ladies board of Washington Hospital Center in 1943 and served until 1973. She was an active fundraiser for the hospital center and was co-chairman of the hospital's first "Race for Life" in 1960. She served on committees of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater Washington from 1953 to 1963 and was co-chairman of the National Symphony Ball in 1965.
Mrs. Darlington was an accomplished artist who worked in oils and watercolors. She had showings in area galleries, including Fairhaven Gallery in Sykesville, Md., the Millicent Chatel Gallery in Washington, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, where she received first prize in the miniature class.
Her home in the Kalorama neighborhood was the scene of frequent social occasions for a diverse gathering of local, national and international leaders.
She was a member of the Junior League of Washington from 1939 to 1971, the Chevy Chase Club, the Sulgrave Club and Daughters of the American Revolution.
Her husband, McCullough Darlington, died in 1993. A daughter, Teena Darlington Wilson, died in 1979; and a son, McCullough Darlington Jr., died in 1977.
Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Darlington of Washington; a sister; and a brother.
Shelley L. Linderman
Shelley L. Linderman, 58, a program analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency, died Oct. 9 of metastatic melanoma at his home in Washington.
He retired from the DIA in 2003 after 32 years of federal service.
Mr. Linderman was born in San Gabriel, Calif., where he was a competitor in the national high school debate championships. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University. He served in the Army Reserve from 1970 to 1976.
In 1972, he worked for the Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service before joining the Internal Revenue Service in management training. From 1974 to 1979, he was in charge of management training for the IRS's Office of International Operations.
He later worked three years for the Naval Supply Systems Command and a year for the Naval Materiel Command, before joining DIA.
Mr. Linderman was a former member of Toastmasters and had won speaking competitions on the club, area, district and division levels.
Over the years, he was active in his community. He volunteered at Lafayette Elementary School's Home and School Association and coached his daughter's Stoddart soccer team. He also was chairman of the parent's committee of Boy Scout Troop 52.
He was a tour guide at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the volunteer advisory committee, where he worked with the staff to improve tour operations. He also was a volunteer information specialist at the National Air and Space Museum and a volunteer interpreter at the National Zoo. He was active in the Chevy Chase Citizens Association and neighborhood watch.
Mr. Linderman was a member of Temple Sinai in Washington and the Art Deco Society of Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Joan Linderman, and two children, Michael Linderman and Lauren Linderman, all of Washington.