Donald R. Woodward
Foreign Service Officer
Donald R. Woodward, 69, a retired Foreign Service officer, died of multiple myeloma July 19 at his home in McLean.
Mr. Woodward was born in the District and graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington in 1954. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University in 1958 and a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University in 1963.
In the early 1960s, he served on the staff of the Peace Corps in Washington and in Malaysia before joining the Foreign Service in 1963. His postings included Mexico, Jamaica, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also served as an inspector for the State Department's Office of Inspector General and, shortly before he retired, as director of the Office of Career Transition. He retired in 1990 but continued working as a State Department consultant for several years.
After doctors diagnosed multiple myeloma in 1991, Mr. Woodward became a patient's advocate. He took calls from patients around the world, giving them advice on treatment options for the relatively rare cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells and encouragement to stay active, just as he had done for a number of years.
He was a patient's advocate at the National Cancer Institute for CARRA (Consumer Advocates in Research and Related Activities) and was a founding member of the Multiple Myeloma Support Group at Inova's Life With Cancer program. He was elected to the board of directors of the International Myeloma Foundation in 1993. In 1999, he and a small group of myeloma patients and caregivers launched the Cancer Center Action Group to challenge Inova Health System to develop a world-class cancer center in Northern Virginia within 10 years. In 2000, Inova created the Community Advisory Council on Cancer, naming medical professionals, hospital administrators and four of the group's leadership, including Mr. Woodward, to the founding council.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Annette M. Woodward of McLean; three children, James T. Woodward of Round Rock, Tex., Donald R. Woodward Jr. of San Mateo, Calif., and Michelle E. Pringle of South Riding; and five grandchildren.
Monroe W. Williamson
Federal Personnel Manager
Monroe W. Williamson, 90, a retired personnel manager with the old Post Office Department and a volunteer with government retiree organizations, died July 3 at his home in the Fountains at Washington House in Alexandria. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Williamson worked for the federal government from the 1930s until retiring in 1971, as compensation manager at the Post Office. He served for 14 years as treasurer, and four years as secretary, of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
He served as a consultant to the National Association of Postal Supervisors and the National Association of Postmasters of the United States.
Mr. Williamson was born in Tuckerman, Ark., and his schooling was interrupted during the Great Depression. After graduating from high school in Little Rock, Ark., he moved to Washington to work in the General Accounting Office and later at the Civil Service Commission. He received a degree from George Washington University in 1943 and took graduate courses at American University.
Deferred from military service during World War II because of an eye injury, he worked as personnel director in the old Office of Censorship. After the war, he set up the personnel division for the old Surplus Property Administration. He also worked at the Office of Naval Research, the old Federal Civil Defense Administration and the Department of the Army. He joined the Post Office Department in 1959.
After retiring, he became active in NARFE at a time when the organization more than doubled its membership, computerized its records and increased revenue from its member magazine.
Mr. Williamson lived in Falls Church until moving to Alexandria in 2001. He had been president of the Long Branch Run Citizens Association, a neighborhood district commissioner, an Explorer post advisor for the Boy Scouts and a board member of Clarendon United Methodist Church.
A lifelong outdoorsman, he also sold azaleas grown in his two-acre back yard. He enjoyed genealogical research and travel.
His wife of 51 years, Mary Ellen Williamson, died in 2001. A daughter, Judith A. Williamson, died in 1955.
Survivors include a son, Roy Monroe Williamson of Stoneham, Mass.; and two sisters.
Ruth Decker DeMouy
Ruth Decker DeMouy, 86, a homemaker who later did secretarial work, died of congestive heart failure July 17 at Raphael House in Rockville.
She was born in Bristow, Okla., and grew up in Holdenville, Okla. She came to Washington in 1937 to work as a secretary for the Public Health Service. She married a year later and began raising a family.
In the mid-1960s, she returned to secretarial work at Vitro, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the chaplain's office at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. She retired in 1972.
A resident of the Washington area for 67 years, Mrs. DeMouy lived in Washington, Kensington and at Leisure World in Silver Spring before moving to Raphael House.
She was active in the Homemakers' Club of Kensington and the Post-Cana group at St. Catherine Laboure Church in Wheaton. A strong advocate of education, she lived to see each of her children receive college and graduate degrees.
Her husband, Louis F. DeMouy, died in 1973.
Survivors include 12 children, Louis DeMouy of Chevy Chase, Ruth Anne DeMouy-Hunt of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Richard W. DeMouy and Joseph M. DeMouy, both of San Antonio, John B. DeMouy of Huntingtown, Md., Mary Jane Poulter of Buckingham County, Va., Frances E. DeMouy of New York, Dorothy S. DeMouy of Phoenix, Rose L. DeMouy-Podany of Glen Burnie, Helen L. DeMouy of Denver, Patrick J. DeMouy of Columbia and Caroline Mayo of Dublin, Ohio; a brother; 25 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren.