Blanche Marie McGarrh

Executive Secretary

Blanche Marie McGarrh, 88, an executive secretary in the federal government, died of complications from pneumonia and congestive heart failure Nov. 16 at the National Lutheran Home in Rockville, where she lived.

Mrs. McGarrh, a native of Omaha, joined the Women's Army Corps in 1943 and served as a recruiter until August 1944. She eventually relocated to Northern Virginia and lived in Vienna for more than 30 years.

She worked as an executive secretary for more than 20 years with the Civil Aeronautics Board and retired in 1968 from the Office of the Secretary of the Army.

Mrs. McGarrh was a member of Wesley Methodist Church and the Vienna Chorale Society. She volunteered at the Juvenile Court in Fairfax and for local and national political campaigns. She loved the violin and played with the Arlington Symphony for many years.

Her marriage to Harry Douglas Thompson ended in divorce. Her second husband, Gilbert Donohoe, died in 1956. Her third husband, Wayman "Mac" McGarrh, died in 1983.

Survivors include a son from her first marriage, Douglas Donohoe of Westport, Conn.; two daughters from her second marriage, Elizabeth Weber of Gaithersburg and Sharon Mills of Chesapeake Beach; two sisters; and five grandchildren.

Ann Shinkwin

Case Worker

Ann Windish Shinkwin, 89, a former caseworker for the U.S. Agency for International Development, died Nov. 16 at an assisted living facility in Santa Barbara, Calif., after a stroke.

Mrs. Shinkwin worked at AID from 1952 to 1965. Among her duties was supervising students visiting from abroad.

The New Castle, Pa., native settled in the Washington area in 1937. She did secretarial work at the old Post Office until 1943.

Mrs. Shinkwin moved to Santa Barbara from Arlington in 2000.

She was a former member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington.

Her husband of 50 years, Charles Shinkwin, died in 1988.

Survivors include two daughters, Anne Dolores Shinkwin of Tucson and Fairbanks, Alaska, and Mary Cannon of Summerland, Calif.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Margarete Ann Bohren Burt


Margarete Ann Bohren Burt, 72, a registered nurse, died Nov. 10 of complications of hepatitis at a hospital in The Villages, Fla., where she was on vacation. She lived in Lake Ridge and was known to her friends as "Pudgie."

Mrs. Burt, a native of Reynoldsville, Pa., received a nursing degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1952 and worked as a nurse in DuBois, Pa., before her family moved to Northern Virginia about 1962.

From 1972 to 1978, Mrs. Burt worked behind the counter at John and Nancy's Pastry Shop in Hillcrest Heights. She was a registered nurse at Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington from 1978 to 1980 and contracted hepatitis C while working at the hospital.

After living in Hillcrest Heights, she moved to Alexandria in 1986. She had lived in Lake Ridge since 1995. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City.

Her husband of 39 years, William D. Burt, died in 1995.

An infant daughter, Alice Ann Burt, died in 1956.

Survivors include three children, Leo Burt of Seaford, Va., David Burt of Fort Washington and Lori Ann Burt of Dale City; two sisters; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Lydia Middleton

Nursery School Teacher

Lydia Biddle Middleton, 73, who taught nursery school at the Langley School in McLean from 1977 to 1989, died Nov. 16 at her home in Great Falls. She had cancer.

Mrs. Middleton was born in Portland, Ore., and raised in Vancouver, Wash. As a teenager, she worked for her father's lumber company, piloting a seaplane to remote logging areas.

She was a 1952 graduate of Bryn Mawr College and attended Oxford University to study philosophy, politics and economics.

At Oxford, she was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to serve as a case officer in Helsinki. She settled in the Washington area in 1960 and left the CIA in 1963. She briefly worked at the White House during Lyndon B. Johnson's administration, helping to process clearances for political appointees.

She was former president of the Great Falls Garden Club and arranged flowers with the altar guild of St. John's Episcopal Church in McLean, where she was a member. She also did floral arranging work for the altar guild of Washington National Cathedral.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, B. Jenkins Middleton of Great Falls; two daughters, Lydia Reed of Lansdowne and Jennifer Middleton of Forest Hills, N.Y.; two sisters; and three grandsons.

Walter H. Windsor

IMF Official

Walter Henry Windsor, 92, who spent 27 years with the International Monetary Fund and retired in 1973 as director of administrative services, died Nov. 4 at a hospital in Naples, Fla. He had congestive heart failure and respiratory failure.

Mr. Windsor was one of the IMF's earliest employees. Among his responsibilities was the organization, planning and preparation of IMF and World Bank annual meetings worldwide. He also had a key role in building several IMF office buildings in the Washington area.

He lived in Marco Island, Fla. He moved to Florida from West River, Md., in 1979.

He was a native of Washington and a graduate of the old Devitt Preparatory School in the District. He was a Capitol page as a teenager.

Early in his career, he worked at the Treasury Department as an investigator in its division of foreign funds control.

His memberships included the Lions Club. He was a former commodore of the West River Sailing Club in Galesville, Md.

At one time, he owned 14 thoroughbred racehorses.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Ruth Heintz Windsor of Marco Island; three children, Jeanette Schuder of Silver Spring, Stephen J. Windsor of Virginia Beach and Michael Windsor of Easton, Md.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Bonnie M. Clevenger

Counselor, Training Coordinator

Bonnie M. Clevenger, 51, a training coordinator for the State Department's Foreign Service Institute, died Nov. 14 of endrometrial cancer at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was an Arlington resident.

Dr. Clevenger was born in Alexandria and graduated from Edison High School in Springfield in 1971. She initially attended Westhampton College of the University of Richmond, but after her marriage in 1973 she transferred to Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1974. She received a master of science in education degree from the University of Southern California in 1979 and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in 1987.

Dr. Clevenger and her husband, an active-duty Army officer, left Tallahassee in 1975 and lived in the ensuing years in Kaiserslautern, West Germany; Falls Church; Fork Union, Va.; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Wuerzburg, West Germany; Frankfurt; Clarksville, Tenn.; Columbia, S.C.; Springfield, Va.; and Heidelberg, Germany.

Dr. Clevenger worked as an adjunct faculty member at a number of colleges and universities from 1986 to 1999, including Columbia College in South Carolina and Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria.

In 2000, she became an Army career counselor in Heidelberg, providing outplacement counseling to military personnel, government civilian employees and their families. In 2002, she became an external training coordinator for the State Department, coordinating all outside training for department employees.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Col. Kenneth H. Clevenger of Arlington; and her mother, RosaLee McKee Mason of Hancock, Md.

In 1943, Blanche M. McGarrh

joined the Women's Army Corps.