Elizabeth Breckinridge Graham, 94, a homemaker and an education volunteer, died of a heart attack Oct. 25 at her home in the District.
Mrs. Graham was born in Monterey, Pa., and grew up in the District and in Bethesda.
The daughter of Col. Henry S. Breckenridge, assistant secretary of war under President Woodrow Wilson, she compiled a journal of "recollections" in later years that recalled the city she knew as a child. It was the Washington of the early 1900s, where, on Saturday mornings, she would go horseback riding from the stables at 22nd and P streets, before a bridge spanned Rock Creek Park.
She recalled as a very young child walking with her nanny in the afternoon to DuPont Circle to meet her father coming home from work at the War Department. She thought he went off to war every day.
"My first ride in an airplane was with my father's friend Charles Lindbergh," she wrote. "We flew over Washington, in 1927. I remember being excused from school for the event."
Mrs. Graham's father was retained as counsel by the Lindberghs when their son was kidnapped in 1932.
Her mother, Ruth Bradley Woodman Breckinridge, was lost at sea off the coast of Iceland on June 26, 1941, when the S.S. Maasdam was torpedoed by a Nazi submarine. Mrs. Breckinridge was en route to London to serve as a house mother for Red Cross nurses at a London hospital. In honor of her mother, Mrs. Graham donated to the Red Cross a family residence in Concord, N.H., which served as the Concord chapter's headquarters until earlier this year.
Mrs. Graham graduated from the Holton-Arms School in 1929 and from Vassar College in 1933. After teaching for a year, she married John Stephens Graham of Winston-Salem, N.C. She and her husband lived briefly in Winston-Salem before moving to Washington in 1942, while he served in the Navy. Washington became their permanent home after President Harry S. Truman appointed Mr. Graham assistant secretary of the treasury.
Mrs. Graham had a lifelong interest in education and devoted countless hours to such programs as Reading Is Fundamental, which encouraged reading in inner-city schools.
She was a founder of the Tuesday School, a weekly after-school enrichment program for fourth-graders from the Thomson School, held in the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington. She was a volunteer teacher in the program from 1969 to 1977. She also was a tutor with the Kingsbury Center.
She was a member of the Church of the Epiphany, the Women's Democratic Club, the Georgetown Garden Club, the Chevy Chase Club, the Sulgrave Club and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. She also had served as a board member of the Potomac School in McLean.
Her husband, who also served as an atomic energy commissioner in the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, died in 1976.
Survivors include four daughters, Louise Graham of Wolfeboro, N.H., Polly Coreth of Chevy Chase, Katherine Graham of Lamy, N.M., and Susan Graham of Amherst, N.Y.; a sister; her stepmother, Margaret Breckenridge of Washington; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.