William F. Clarke

Research Assistant

William F. Clarke, 87, who retired as research and test assistant for the Association of American Railroads in 1987 after 38 years, died of cardiomyopathy July 16 at his home in Falls Church.

Mr. Clarke was born in Washington into a family of musicians and entertainers. His father, Edward T. Clarke, was a singer and dancer in the Primrose Minstrels; and his mother, Ida V. Clarke, played the organ and did background music for Radio WRC and performed at the Shoreham Hotel. As a child, he sometimes played the drums in his parents' vaudeville acts.

He graduated from Eastern High School and took business courses at the Washington School for Secretaries. In 1940, he went to the Columbus University Law School, where he received his law degree.

His career included working at the National Bank of Washington, Prentice Hall and the Navy Yard before he joined the railroad association.

A pianist and organist, he entertained his family and was an accompanist at church and schools. He sometimes performed for his children by walking on stilts and doing simple magic tricks.

He was a Boy Scout leader at St. James Catholic School in Falls Church. He enjoyed yearly retreats at the Dominican Retreat House in McLean and was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church in Falls Church.

In his later years, he volunteered as a moderator for group discussions at Goodwin House.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Eileen M. Clarke of Falls Church; four children, Timothy Clarke of Pawleys Island, S.C., Mark Clarke of Joliet, Ill., and Paul Clarke and Mary-Beth Smith, both of Falls Church; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Darrell Allen Dozier

Telephone Installer, Repairman

Darrell Allen Dozier, 58, a retired pay-phone installer and repairman for a company that became Verizon, died of congestive heart failure July 15 at his brother's home in San Diego.

Mr. Dozier was a native of Washington and a 1964 graduate of Eastern High School. He served in the Army in the late 1960s.

In 1970, he joined Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland, which became Bell Atlantic and is now Verizon. He retired in 2002 and moved to San Diego.

Mr. Dozier liked to travel and was a superb cook. His sister recalled that he could open the refrigerator, pull out all the leftovers and use them to make "a fantastic salad."

Besides his brother, Harold Vernon Dozier, survivors include his sister, Elizabeth Dozier of Columbia.

Dorothy Gentry Kearney

Librarian, Church Leader

Dorothy Gentry Kearney, 81, a retired reference librarian at the Library of Congress and a lay minister and deacon of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, died July 27 at the Casey House hospice in Rockville. She had cancer.

Mrs. Kearney worked for the Library of Congress from 1945 to 1984, but her life had centered on her church since her teenage years.

She served on the board of the Potomac Association of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ and chaired its church and ministry committee. She was a charter member of the United Church of Christ's United Black Christians. She served on the board of the Central Atlantic Conference and on the worship committee of the United Church of Christ's General Synod.

Ordained a lay minister in 1979, Mrs. Kearney was recognized as an outstanding laywoman at the General Synod in 1989. She was the first black president of the former United Church of Christ Board of World Ministries. She twice represented the church in southern Africa and once in El Salvador.

She was born in Atlanta and raised in Washington, where she was a graduate of Dunbar High School and Miner Teachers College. She received a master's degree in English from Howard University in 1954.

Mrs. Kearney was a Sunday school teacher, worship leader, retreat leader and spiritual director. She was a graduate of Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda. She served as vice chairwoman of the spiritual development network of the United Church of Christ and led retreats in the metropolitan area and Pennsylvania.

She and her sister went on jazz cruises and attended jazz festivals. She visited six of the seven continents and, for more than 20 years, traveled with the Howard University Alumni Association on its tours. She ushered at Arena Stage in Washington for many years.

Her marriage to Randolph Walter Kearney ended in divorce.

Survivors include her sister, Barbara Gentry Tollerson of Silver Spring.

Jeffrey H. August

Graduate Student

Jeffrey Hurley August, 39, a Falls Church resident who had been working on a master's degree in education at George Mason University, died July 9 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had esophageal cancer.

Mr. August's cancer was diagnosed in 2000. He continued his studies while undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy sessions. He was a practice teacher at Falls Church High School and taught computer science to young children at First Baptist Church of Clarendon's Child Development Center in Arlington, among other work.

He was born in Washington and raised in Arlington, where he was second baseman on a youth baseball team sponsored by the Optimist Club. The Arlington Better Sports Club honored him as Junior Baseball Sportsman of the Year for 1978.

He was a 1983 graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, where he played varsity baseball and was a National Merit finalist. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1987 with a degree in history.

Early on, he worked a series of computer-related jobs in the Washington area. His employers included the American Psychiatric Association.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Dyer August, whom he married in 1996, and their son, James D. August, both of Falls Church; his parents, James and Susan August of Arlington; a brother, Gregory August of Arlington; and his grandmother, Mary Rose Hurley of Stoneham, Mass.