Hildegarde Hicks Mallet-Prevost
Teacher, Owner of Historic Home
Hildegarde Hicks Mallet-Prevost, 100, a retired teacher, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 5 at her Rockville home, which was the childhood home of Josiah Henson, upon whom "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was based.
Mrs. Mallet-Prevost and her husband, who served on the National Labor Relations Board from 1937 to 1973, had owned the 1.25-acre property since 1963. It was part of a 500-acre plantation where Henson lived as a slave, and from which he fled to Canada by the Underground Railroad in 1830.
Henson became a well-known abolitionist and gave Harriet Beecher Stowe his life story, which became the basis for her novel.
All that remains of the plantation is a remnant of a log cabin, believed to be the kitchen of owner Isaac Riley. Henson spent at least one night in the cabin itself, according to his memoirs.
Mrs. Mallet-Prevost and her husband bought the place from friends and "were just thrilled with the house and its history," said one of their sons, Greg Mallet-Prevost of Rockville. "She planted gardens all around the home, collected quite a bit of its history and tolerated people who came by. . . . She was sensitive to the history, but it was almost a part of her."
Mrs. Mallet-Prevost, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and Trinity College in 1925. She married in 1933 and taught at Paul Junior High School and at a small private school, Lady Isabelle School in Bethesda, before retiring in the 1960s.
She was a member of several garden clubs and the Sodality at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda.
Her husband died in 2000.
Survivors include two other children, Andre Mallet-Prevost of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Susanne Haley of Rockville; 11 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Patrice Clune Malley
Homemaker and Volunteer
Patrice Clune Malley, 93, a homemaker and volunteer, died of complications of strokes Aug. 23 at the Sacred Heart Home in Hyattsville. She was an Alexandria resident.
Mrs. Malley was born in Kansas City, Kan. She graduated from St. Mary's College in Leavenworth, Kan. She married an FBI agent and moved around the country before settling in Northern Virginia in 1952.
She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria and its sodality. She volunteered and held leadership positions at St. Mary's Academy Home and School League and the Alexandria Hospital Board of Lady Managers.
Mrs. Malley was a long-standing member of the Beverley Hills Garden Club and Ikebana International. She was an avid bridge player.
Her husband, James R. Malley, died in 1998.
Survivors include a daughter, Patrice Malley Tighe of Alexandria; two brothers; and two grandchildren.
Milton Verne Richards Jr.
Field Engineer, Business Owner
Milton Verne Richards Jr., 80, a retired field manager for Philco Ford and founder of Dominion Security Systems, died of lung cancer Sept. 4 at his home in Alexandria.
Mr. Richards, a native of Nassawadox, Va., moved to Seattle as a child and enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served in the Pacific theater during World War II, becoming a chief radio technician and participating in the battle of Okinawa.
After the war, he married and joined Philco Ford, where he became a technical representative and field engineer and worked in Malaysia and several U.S. states, including Alaska.
He graduated from the University of Oklahoma while working for Philco Ford.
In 1980, Mr. Richards retired and moved to Alexandria, where he and his wife founded and operated Dominion Security Services for 20 years.
He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He enjoyed electronics, boat building, sailing, auto mechanics, vintage car restoration and cooking. He had an amateur radio license.
His wife, Marian T. Richards, died 2003.
Survivors include three children, Milton V. Richards III and David B. Richards, both of Alexandria, and Janis A. Lawrence of Pennsburg, Pa.; a sister; and six grandchildren.
Ruth S. McCormick
Ruth Schoenfeldt McCormick, 80, who retired in 1989 as head of physical therapy at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, died Aug. 24 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a stroke.
Before joining Powhatan in 1981, Mrs. McCormick spent a decade working in physical therapy for the Fairfax County health department and at Fairfax Nursing Home. In retirement, she spent four years as an independent consultant.
She was born in Oak Park, Ill., and raised in Northern California. She was a 1947 physical education graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received a certificate in physical therapy from the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.
During the Korean War, she was a physical therapist in the Army's Women's Medical Specialist Corps. She married a naval aviator in 1952 and accompanied him on his assignments until settling in the Washington area in the mid-1960s.
The Fairfax County resident was a former secretary of an AARP chapter in Fairfax City. She volunteered with the metropolitan chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, where she helped develop a training program for the care of arthritic patients in nursing homes.
She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Fairfax County.
Her hobbies included collecting cookbooks.
Survivors include her husband, retired Capt. Gordon H. McCormick of Fairfax County, and four children: Gordon H. McCormick Jr. of Carmel, Calif.; Paul McCormick of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; and Ann Newman and Maureen McCormick, both of Fairfax County.
Edna O. Hokenson
Edna O. Hokenson, 87, a retired microbiology professor who volunteered for several government committees, died of breast cancer Aug. 25 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.
Dr. Hokenson, who was born in Wadena, Minn., married in 1941. She worked in Minneapolis for the United Fund and volunteered for the Red Cross during World War II. After the war, the family moved multiple times, ending up in College Park in 1962.
She received a bachelor's degree in 1958 from Memphis State University and a master's degree in 1960 from the University of Tennessee. She received a doctorate in microbiology in 1966 from the University of Maryland.
During the 1960s, Dr. Hokenson taught at George Mason College and at Northern Virginia Community College. After several more moves, the family returned to the area in 1974 and settled in Bethesda.
She served on Montgomery County's advisory committees for energy conservation and solid waste, and on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal Diseases. She was twice inducted into Sigma Xi, a scientific research society. She was a member of the American Society of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former member of the American Association of University Women.
She attended the National Presbyterian Church in Washington.
Dr. Hokenson established two fellowships at the University of Maryland, one for students of aerospace engineering and the other for microbiology or immunology graduate students.
Her husband, John O. Hokenson, died in 1990. A son, Gustave J. Hokenson, died in 1991.
Survivors include a sister.
Walter R. Youngerman
Walter Roy Youngerman, 72, who spent 25 years with the General Services Administration and retired in 1986 as a refrigeration engineer, died Sept. 4 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton. He had a lung ailment.
Mr. Youngerman, of Clinton, was a native of Braddock, Pa., and a graduate of the Collegiate Institute of New York. He served in the Air Force from 1949 to 1953.
From 1990 to 1994, he did engineering work for the Charles County school board.
He was a member of the American Legion.
His marriage to Ruth Frank Youngerman ended in divorce.
Survivors include four children, Stephen Youngerman of Chesapeake Beach, Robert Youngerman of Temple Hills and Ruthann Youngerman and Jane Youngerman, both of Clinton; a brother; a sister; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
LaVerne Marie Rascher
LaVerne Marie Rascher, 69, a Potomac homemaker and church volunteer, died Aug. 10 of complications due to breast cancer at the Manor Care Potomac Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Rascher was born LaVerne Marie Hall in Cleveland, where she attended St. John's College. In 1971, she and her husband moved to the Potomac-Rockville area, where they raised their six children.
A member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Potomac, she was elected to the parish council and served on the liturgy committee. She also was involved in founding the ministry for the sick and in initiating Eucharistic devotions. She was a member of the Order of Carmelites Discalced Secular and was active in the 1970s and 1980s in the Montgomery County Medical Society Women's Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, James J. Rascher of Potomac; six sons, Jeffrey Rascher and Christopher Rascher, both of Rockville, Daniel Rascher of Montgomery Village, Michael Rascher of Pasadena, Gregory Rascher of Jefferson, Frederick County, and Douglas Rascher of Chicago; and 11 grandchildren.
Anna 'Bobby' Clagett
Anna Boteler "Bobby" Clagett, 94, a Falls Church resident who retired as an executive receptionist in Washington for what is now a SunTrust bank, died Aug. 17 at Sleepy Hollow Manor nursing home in Annandale. She had complications from a broken hip in July.
Mrs. Clagett was born in Jefferson, in Frederick County, Md. She spent her teenage years in Washington, where she was a graduate of the old Central High School.
In the early 1930s, she joined National Savings and Trust. She retired in 1993, after the bank was bought by Crestar.
She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic church in Falls Church.
Her husband, John L. Clagett, whom she married in 1936, died in 1974.
Survivors include a son, Thomas Clagett of Ringwood, N.J.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Carol B. Raney
Homemaker and Office Manager
Carol B. Raney, 66, a homemaker and office manager, died of cancer Sept. 6 at Capital Hospice Center in Arlington. She was a Reston resident.
Mrs. Raney was born in Elsberry, Mo., where she graduated from Winfield High School. After marrying in 1956, she lived in Mobile and Huntsville, Ala., through the 1960s and in Okinawa from 1971 to 1976, when she moved with her family to Northern Virginia.
In Alabama, she worked as a telephone operator before becoming a homemaker. She worked for Planning Research Corp. in the 1980s and was instrumental in developing the company's message center. In the 1990s, she worked at the front desk for Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Most recently, she was office manager for Weldon Brown, a doctor in Vienna.
She taught Sunday school for various Lutheran churches and was a Cub Scout den mother while living on Okinawa.
Her husband, Charles Gladney Raney, died in 1999.
Survivors include two sons, Douglas A. Raney of Reston and Eric C. Raney of Springfield; two sisters; and two brothers.
Plant Breeder, Church Member
Teh-Ling Chu, 89, a retired plant breeder who settled in the Washington area in 1982 and was a member of Chinese Christian Church in Silver Spring, died Aug. 31 at his son's home in Tempe, Ariz. He had brain cancer.
Mr. Chu was a native of China's Jiangsu province and a graduate of National Chekiang University. He received a master's degree in plant breeding from the University of Louisiana after coming to the United States in 1952.
He spent much of his career as head of the plant-breeding program at the University of Puerto Rico.
In July, he moved to Tempe from North Potomac.
For years, he was involved with activities at the Rockville Senior Center.
His wife of 50 years, Dr. Sing Hua Yang, died in 1997.
Survivors include two children, Lucie Chen of North Potomac and Steve Chu of Tempe; and two grandchildren.