Dorothy Chatfield Buffmire, 89, a photographer and writer with the National Park Service, died June 1 at a hospital in Richmond of complications from a stroke. Before moving to Richmond in 2003, she had lived in Alexandria.
Mrs. Buffmire came to Washington in 1941 and worked as a secretary during World War II. After the death of her husband and after raising her children, she received associate degrees in science (1979) and photography (1982) from Northern Virginia Community College. She also studied at George Mason University, George Washington University and the University of Virginia.
From the mid-1960s until the late 1970s, Mrs. Buffmire worked as a photographer, writer and editor with the National Park Service. She was photography editor of several Park Service publications, including "Signers of the Constitution" and "The Presidents." She edited and designed "The New Haven Catalog" for the federal Historic American Buildings Survey and wrote the film script of "The Potomack Canal."
Her photographs were included in "The Catalog of the Photographic Archive of Fairfax County" and in "First Prize Quilts" by Dimetra Makris. Mrs. Buffmire's photography was also included in public exhibits, and in 1996 she won best in show at the Oxon Hill Manor art show for a photograph of pears.
She was a photographer and feature writer for the Alexandria Gazette for about 15 years, beginning in the 1960s. She was a part-time photographer, writer and assistant to Virginia state Sen. Joseph V. Gartland Jr. (D) from 1971 until 1982. She was publicity chairman of the Mount Vernon Democratic Club.
In the 1980s, she was a publicist for the PBS television program "Modern Maturity" and helped edit program guides and newsletters for WETA-TV (Channel 26). She was also secretary to the board of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association.
Mrs. Buffmire was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Oconomowoc, Wis. She lived in Washington from 1941 until 1955, when she moved to the Hollin Hills section of Alexandria. She was editor of her neighborhood newsletter and patrolled streets in the Neighborhood Watch program until 2003.
Her husband of 22 years, Frank E. Buffmire, died in 1963.
Survivors include two children, Lisa Buffmire Smyly of Gum Spring, Va., and David Buffmire of Charlottesville; a sister; and a grandson.