Stephney J. Keyser
Social Work Manager
Stephney Jean Keyser, 83, retired manager of a federal social work program, died of cancer Oct.9 at her home in Falls Church.
Dr. Keyser, a political and social activist throughout her life, was instrumental as a volunteer in getting the Pine Forge Mansion and Industrial Site in Berks County, Pa., restored and listed on the National Register of Historic Places last year. It was one of the stops in the Underground Railroad.
She also volunteered on President Bill Clinton's transition team, working with the first lady's office.
Dr. Keyser retired in 1990 as program officer with the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad at the Department of Education's Center for International Education. She previously worked in other Education Department programs for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Department of Labor, and was director of the social work program at the University of Cincinnati.
A native Washingtonian, she was a Dunbar High School graduate who went on to the former Miner Teachers College and received a master's degree in psychiatric social work from Catholic University in 1944. She received a doctorate in social work from Catholic University in 1969.
She was the first African American social worker at St. Elizabeths Hospital, where she worked after receiving her master's. She then worked for Baltimore public schools, the American Red Cross in Ohio, the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, where she set up a program for graduate students to work with Job Corps enrollees.
Dr. Keyser was a tireless advocate for youth in her professional and volunteer work. She was a fellow in the American Association of Orthopsychiatry, a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and a volunteer with United Way. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Dr. Denise Bruner of Falls Church; and a grandson.
Elaine K. Karr
Elaine Kratz Karr, 69, who volunteered for a wide variety of organizations during her four decades in the Washington area, died of cancer Oct. 17 at Gilchrist Hospice in Baltimore. She lived in Bethany Beach, Del.
Mrs. Karr was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Wildwood, N.J. She graduated from what is now Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. She worked for the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia until she married and moved to Chevy Chase in 1961.
She volunteered at the National Cherry Blossom Festival during the 1960s and 1970s and served as vice chairwoman of its fashion show. She held several offices during the 1970s and 1980s at the Florence Crittenton Home. She had been a member of the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase since 1966 and was in the Chevy Chase Women's Republican Club.
Mrs. Karr was named Volunteer of the Year in 2001 at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, which chronicled her 40 years of involvement as chairwoman of the finance committee, originator of the Flower Guild, member of the worship and organ committees and treasurer of the Friendship Club. She organized seasonal groundskeeping activities and personally dug and planted flowers. She contributed to the needlepoint center kneeler in 1984 that is still in use.
An active gardener and floral arranger, she worked with the Flower Mart at the National Cathedral, helping with the children's area, which included the purchase and transportation of several hundred goldfish. Mrs. Karr held several positions with the Hamlet Garden Club in Chevy Chase and was a founding member and chairwoman of the Salt Pond Garden Club in Bethany Beach.
She moved to Bethany Beach in 2001 and became involved in the Sussex County Women's Republican Club, holding the office of treasurer, and was co-chairwoman of the hostess committee for the Sussex County Beach & Bay Tour. She also raised money for the South Coastal Library's capital campaign fund.
Her husband, Harry Karr, died in 1972.
Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Karr Codd of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.
Christopher A. Miller
Christopher Allen Miller, 37, a former Silver Spring resident who had worked as a carpenter in the Washington area and in Colorado, died Oct. 16 from injuries suffered in a car crash on a mountain road in rural Colorado. A companion survived the pre-dawn rollover and was rescued four days later.
Mr. Miller was born in Cheverly and grew up in Silver Spring. He attended Montgomery Blair High School until the 11th grade and graduated from Aspen (Colo.) High School in 1986. He held various jobs in the Aspen area and in Maryland, where he worked most recently as a carpenter for Blair Built in Deep Creek. He moved back to El Jebel, Colo., in 2004, and was working as a self-employed pharmaceutical representative at the time of his death.
He enjoyed anything that involved speed, whether motorcycles, automobiles or skiing down a Colorado mountain. He also enjoyed the beach life at Ocean City.
Survivors include his parents, Nancy Miller of El Jebel and James Miller of Crofton; his paternal grandmother, Lee Miller of Rifle, Colo.; and a sister.
Raymond S. Dutkowski
Raymond S. Dutkowski, 84, who worked for the National Security Agency, died Oct. 23 of respiratory and heart ailments at Capital Hospice in Arlington. He lived in Glenn Dale.
Mr. Dutkowski came to Washington in 1945 and worked for several years with the Army Corps of Engineers. In the early 1950s, he joined NSA as a contracting officer and retired in 1968.
He was born in Duluth, Minn., and served on Guadalcanal during World War II as a Seabee. His unit, the Sixth Naval Construction Battalion, received the Presidential Unit Citation.
He lived in Wisconsin before moving to Washington. He was a Silver Spring resident for many years and then retired to Tampa for about 10 years. He had lived in Glenn Dale since the early 1990s.
Mr. Dutkowski was a member of the Phoenix Society, an NSA social club, and won many awards for bowling and baseball.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Margaret Dutkowski of Glenn Dale; three daughters, Renae Dutkowski of Greenbelt, Sandra Fisher of Silver Spring and Denise Jackson of Glenn Dale; two sisters; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Thompson L. Raney
Thompson Lamar Raney, 85, an Army colonel who saw action in three wars, died of cancer Oct. 26 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Fairfax Station.
Col. Raney was born in Fresno, Calif., and joined the mounted cavalry in 1939. During World War II, he commanded a platoon in the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, which was part of the 30th Infantry Division. He fought at Omaha Beach in France and in Belgium and Germany.
He later served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars and retired from the Army in 1978. He is a member of the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.
He studied at the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College and was a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After his Army career, he received a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University in 1983.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Marianne Raney of Fairfax Station; three daughters, Carolyn Stoia of Lakeland, Fla., Nancy Raney of Fort Smith, Ark., and Linda Raney of Fairfax City; a brother; and five grandchildren.
Mary Brooks Minor
Mary Beatrice Brooks Minor, 81, a homemaker and volunteer, died Oct. 14 at Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Minor was born in Madden Grove, Okla., and, after graduating first in her high school class, moved to Washington to live with her sister in 1942. She briefly worked for the National Labor Relations Board, then became a full-time homemaker, volunteering at Forest Grove Elementary School. She was a skilled seamstress and had a passionate interest in art history and travel.
In 1977, she and her husband retired to North Carolina, West Virginia and Sanibel Island, Fla.
Her husband of 49 years, James B. Minor, died in 1992. A son, Steve Minor, died in February.
Survivors include four children, Michael Minor of Oviedo, Fla., Gary Minor of San Leandro, Calif., Dennis Minor of Poolesville and Carol Minor Wilson of Terra Alta, W.Va.; a brother; a sister; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Elaine Kratz Karr