The Oct. 7 obituary of Barbara L. Costello incorrectly said that Abe Pollin owns the Chancery Apartments on Wisconsin Avenue NW. He does not. (Published 10/8/2005)
Betty Ann Phillips
Betty Ann Phillips, 78, a retired physical therapist and educator, died Sept. 15 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of complications from a fall. She lived in Occoquan.
Ms. Phillips, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., moved to Arlington as a young girl and graduated from Washington and Lee High School. She received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg. She taught in Arlington public schools and later at Penn Hall Junior College in Chambersburg, Pa.
In 1958, she became certified as a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic, and she worked as a hospital-based therapist in Washington and with the Arlington County Health Department in the early 1960s.
Combining a love for travel with her work, Ms. Phillips spent a year in London at the National Hospital for Neurological Diseases at Queens Square. She taught briefly in Scotland and served on the staff of the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon in Portland.
In 1968 at the Conradie Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, she worked with patients who had suffered traumatic spinal-cord injuries. "She would always remember the time when she was flown in a small, two-engine plane into the bush to pick up a patient who required immediate care," said her companion, Dianne Reynolds of Occoquan.
Ms. Phillips returned to the United States in 1970 and served as chief therapist at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital. She later became assistant professor with the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Northern Virginia Community College. In 1981, while working with the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern Virginia, she served as senior physical therapist rehabilitation coordinator, a position that allowed her to combine all elements of her training and her love of teaching.
Ms. Phillips received a master's degree in adaptive physical education from George Washington University in 1977. She had been a member of the on-site evaluation committee of the American Physical Therapy Association and was appointed a member of the Physical Therapy Advisory Committee to the Virginia Board of Medicine in 1978.
After retiring in 1988, Ms. Phillips traveled and did volunteer work in her community and church. She also pursued her interests in gardening, politics and caring for her pets.
Ms. Phillips, a former resident of Springfield, volunteered at the Occoquan Museum.
She was a member of Metropolitan Community Church of Washington and had served on the board of directors of Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia.
In addition to her companion, survivors include a sister, Nancy L. King of Franconia; and a brother, Bert E. Phillips of Long Island, N.Y.
Barbara L. Costello
Barbara L. Costello, 84, a retired apartment manager, died Oct. 5 at Shady Grove Nursing Home in Rockville. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Costello was born in Warren, Ohio, and grew up in Philadelphia. She served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and was based in the Washington area.
She became a homemaker. After her children were grown, she went to work for real estate magnate and sports mogul Abe Pollin as manager of the Chancery apartments on Wisconsin Avenue NW. She retired four years ago, after 20 years on the job.
Her passion for Chinese food and ice cream never diminished.
Her marriage to Bill Costello ended in divorce.
Survivors include her children, Jack Costello of Bethesda and Jill "Clancy" Kress of Gaithersburg; a brother; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.