Edgar Stern Robinson

AU Professor

Edgar Stern Robinson, a political philosophy professor at American University from 1955 to 1985 and an authority on the philosopher and educator John Dewey, died of congestive heart failure June 24 at the Collington retirement community in Mitchellville. He died a day before his 85th birthday.

Dr. Robinson was consistently commended by students for his effectiveness as a teacher.

He was a native of Albany, N.Y., and a 1941 magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At Columbia University, he received a master's degree in political science and a doctorate in philosophy.

He had moved to Collington from Washington in the past few months.

At his death, he was writing a novel. He sometimes took family vacations with his sister-in-law, the actress June Allyson.

His wife, Laura Ashrow Robinson, whom he married in 1948, died in 2000.

Survivors include two children, Tamar Lasky of Washington and David Robinson of Boca Raton, Fla.; and two granddaughters.

Marjorie Kerbey Altmann

Bookstore Employee

Marjorie Kerbey Altmann, 85, who worked in the bookstore at Bethesda's Landon School in the 1970s, died of cancer June 23 at Brighton Gardens in Chevy Chase, where she lived.

Mrs. Altmann worked at IBM and also volunteered with the Red Cross during World War II, but most of her life was engaged in raising a family.

She was born in Chevy Chase and graduated from Western High School and Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She married in 1944 and was a member of Columbia Country Club and All Saints Episcopal Church.

Her husband of 44 years, Andrew T. Altmann, died in 1988.

Survivors include four children, Kerbey T. Altmann of Burlingame, Calif., Andrew T. Altmann Jr. of San Antonio, Elizabeth Anne Altmann of Bethesda and Penny Altmann of San Diego; and seven grandchildren.

Emily Dodson

Federal Secretary

Emily Dodson, 87, a government secretary, died June 28 at a hospital in Oviedo, Fla., where she lived. She had Parkinson's disease.

Miss Dodson, who was born in Rogersville, Tenn., came to Washington in her twenties and worked as a secretary with several federal agencies, including the House of Representatives and State Department. She retired in the 1980s.

She lived in the Foggy Bottom section of Washington until moving to Florida two years ago. She belonged to a number of Republican Party organizations.

There are no immediate survivors.

Mary Jane Thomas Day


Mary Jane Thomas Day, 77, a retired cartographer with the Defense Mapping Agency, died June 25 at Southern Maryland Hospital after a stroke. She lived in Temple Hills.

Mrs. Day worked for the Defense Mapping Agency from 1972 to 1994, during which time she had assignments in Indonesia and aboard a U.S. naval surveying ship.

Earlier, she worked for the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office in Suitland and the U.S. Weather Bureau.

Mrs. Day was born in Connors, New Brunswick, Canada, and raised there and in New York. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in geography in 1974 and a bachelor's degree in business and management in 1977.

Her husband of 55 years, Howard M. Day, died in 2003.

Survivors include two children, Laurie Anne Day Greene of Fleetwood, N.C., and Angus Howard Day of Otis, Colo.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.