Margaret Clark Gardner


Margaret Clark Gardner, 90, a former teacher, died Sept. 29 of pneumonia at Mariner Health, a Bethesda nursing home in which she lived.

Miss Gardner was born in Brunswick, Maine, the daughter of a public school superintendent. She graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she was a classmate of the late Sen. Edmund S. Muskie (D-Maine).

She taught English and sometimes coached girls' basketball at public schools in Maine and Carlisle, Pa., before retiring in the late 1970s. She then came to Washington to care for two ailing brothers, Richard and William Gardner.

She lived in her brothers' house in Foggy Bottom, where she was a familiar figure walking her brother's cat on neighborhood streets. She also taught English as a second language from her home, educating a family of Vietnamese immigrants.

She enjoyed literature and the theater and leaves no immediate survivors.

Richard Hillman

Printing Press Mechanic

Richard Hillman, 75, who worked as a printing press mechanic from 1954 until his retirement in 1995, died of cancer Oct. 16 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. He lived in Essex, Md.

Mr. Hillman was self-employed, repairing printing presses at government facilities and other businesses. After retiring, he worked part time repairing a variety of equipment until becoming ill.

He was born in New York City and was in the Navy from 1951 to 1954. He lived in the Washington area most of his life and was a resident of the District before moving to Essex five years ago.

Mr. Hillman took courses in business and bookkeeping at area community colleges to help him run his business. After attending Rhema Bible College, he said he felt called to go to Africa to serve as a missionary. He spent four years in Kenya and Uganda.

He had served on the board of Prospect Hill Cemetery.

His marriage to Betty A. Ralph Dawson ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Carolyn Bazemore Hillman of Essex; eight children from his first marriage, Diane Coleman of Lynchburg, Va., Gwen Kehl of Centreville, Lynda Farr of Haymarket, Susie Herring of Glennville, Ga., Sylvia Westerlund of Ellicott City, Claudia Hurley of Oviedo, Fla., Richard Hillman of Manassas and Patrick Hillman of Amman, Jordan; four stepchildren, Steven Street of Accokeek, Brenda Lay of Richmond, Donna McLaughlin of Tannersville, Va., and Cindy Shachte of Herndon; a sister; 36 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Evelyn Kluge Judge

Teacher and Activist

Evelyn Kluge Judge, 96, a teacher and advocate for women's rights and other causes, died Oct. 1 at Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring of complications from a stroke.

Mrs. Judge was born in Chicago and was a graduate of the University of Illinois. She worked as a nutritionist with the National Dairy Council in Illinois and traveled extensively as a young woman, living and teaching in Lebanon in 1936.

"She led a very unconventional life," said her son Roy Samras of Fair Haven, N.J. "She was like a gypsy."

She moved to Washington in the late 1930s and became involved in the women's rights movement. She was a close friend of Alice Paul, the author of the Equal Rights Amendment, and lobbied members of Congress in favor of the amendment and other issues affecting women.

Mrs. Judge moved to Florida in 1948 and worked as a dietitian at Florida Southern College at Lakeland. From 1953 to 1957, she lived in Iowa before returning to Florida for several years.

She returned to Washington in 1964 and taught courses to military recruits completing requirements for the general equivalency diploma. She lived for a time at the Capitol Hill headquarters of the National Woman's Party.

During the 1970s, she became a peace activist and participated in many demonstrations. She also initiated an organization that helped U.S. and Soviet women establish a correspondence about women's issues.

From about 1975 to 1982, Mrs. Judge lived in Gainesville, Fla. She moved to Arnold in 1982 to live with her daughter and later resided at the Future Care nursing home in Arnold before moving to Friends Nursing Home. She continued to lobby Congress on women's matters until she was almost 80.

She practiced the Baha'i faith early in life and later became active in the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers. She regularly attended Friends meetings in Annapolis.

Her first husband, Kharaiti R. Samras, died in 1948. Her second marriage, to Haridas Muzumdar, ended in divorce. Her third husband, Gordon Judge, died in 2002.

In addition her son from her first marriage, survivors include a son from an early relationship, Paul Kluge of Columbia; a daughter from her first marriage, Rohana Alkaitis of Arnold; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Philip F. O'Donnell II

Country Club Greenskeeper

Philip F. O'Donnell II, 34, assistant superintendent of a country club in Leesburg, died Oct. 18 in a motorcycle accident in Arlington. He lived in the Clarendon section of Arlington.

For the past two years, Mr. O'Donnell was assistant superintendent at River Creek Country Club in Leesburg, where he helped maintain the golf course. He had worked at country clubs since high school and previously was a greenskeeper at Chevy Chase Country Club, Medal of Honor Golf Course in Quantico and Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington.

He also had worked in security at the 9:30 club in Washington for about nine years. He was known by the nickname "Mr. Phil."

Mr. O'Donnell was born in Honolulu and grew up in a military family, living in many locations. He graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1989 and received a certificate in turf grass management from Pennsylvania State University.

He enjoyed snowboarding and skateboarding.

Survivors include his fiancee, Caroline Deutermann of Arlington; his parents, Connie and retired Marine Sgt. Major Philip F. O'Donnell of Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Ann Lucas of Elkin, N.C.; and a grandmother, Evonne Mowery of New Prague, Minn.

Roger Gordon Ireland

Physician, Navy Officer

Roger Gordon Ireland, 80, a Navy medical officer who became a public health physician in Fairfax County, died of complications from a stroke Sept. 29 at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. He lived in Columbia.

Dr. Ireland, a native of Denver, served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, he graduated from the university's medical school in 1948. The next year, he was commissioned as a naval medical officer. After training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, he was designated a naval flight surgeon.

He was a combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He served as senior medical officer aboard the USS Tarawa, an amphibious assault ship, and the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. He later directed the crew systems division at Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

Dr. Ireland received a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in 1960 and was named a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine in 1962. He was a leading authority on aerospace medicine and published many research papers on the subject. From 1969 to 1986, he was a medical panelist for NATO's Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development.

After settling in the Washington area in 1969, he worked at the Pentagon. At the time he retired with the rank of captain in 1986, he was assistant to the chief of naval operations for medical and allied sciences. He received the Presidential Unit Citation and the Meritorious Service Medal, among other decorations.

In 1969, he received the Aerospace Medical Association's Eric Liljencrantz Award. In 1972, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics presented him the John Jeffries Award for contributions to aerospace medical research.

After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Ireland practiced medicine at public health clinics in Fairfax County until December. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and lived in Woodbridge for more than 25 years before moving to Columbia in April.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Betty Ireland of Columbia; three sons, Dr. Michael G. Ireland of Virginia Beach, Kim P. Ireland of Woodbridge and Kerry C. Ireland of Clarksville; a daughter, Jill M. Ireland of San Antonio; a sister; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Evelyn Kluge Judge