John W. Dixon Jr.


John William Dixon Jr., 83, an Arlington resident and artist who spent several years teaching children and adults, died Nov. 9 at Virginia Hospital Center. He suffered respiratory arrest and had lung cancer.

Mr. Dixon was born in Oak Hill, W.Va., and served in the Army on Okinawa and in Korea during World War II. He attended several art schools, including the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington.

He settled in the Washington area after the war and exhibited his art -- acrylic and oil paintings that became increasingly abstract -- at such venues as the Smithsonian Institution and Washington National Cathedral.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Annie Rutledge Dixon of Arlington; three daughters, Diana Castillon, Barbara Dixon and Elizabeth Dixon, all of Arlington; a son, John Dixon III of San Lorenzo, Calif.; two brothers; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Vernon E. 'Buzz' Hussman

IBM Employee, Farmer

Vernon Eugene "Buzz" Hussman, 71, a retired IBM salesman who also spent years as a farmer on a nearly 40-acre property in Montgomery County, died Nov. 12 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. He had multiple sclerosis.

Mr. Hussman worked about 20 years with IBM, at offices in Baltimore and Bethesda, before retiring in the early 1980s.

During that time, he was a part-time farmer at Roslyn Farm in Brinklow, near the Howard County border. He raised beef cattle, hay and Christmas trees and maintained an active role until about a decade ago.

Mr. Hussman was a Baltimore native and a 1956 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and played varsity lacrosse. In the late 1950s, he served in the Coast Guard.

He was a vestryman and senior warden at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Brighton, Md.

He was a former president of the Montgomery Farmers Club and a board member of the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. He was a member of the Sandy Spring horticultural and home interest societies.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Caroline Kricker Hussman of Brinklow; four children, Kate Hussman Kean of Louisa, Va., Timothy Hussman of Newport Beach, Calif., Lucy Hussman Hilli of Goshen, Conn., and Mary Hussman "Molly" Ellis of Wyndmoor, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.

Mary DiAntonio


Mary DiAntonio, 85, a homemaker and the mother of sons who attended the U.S. Naval Academy, died of a bronchial ailment Nov. 1 at her son's home in Clifton. She lived in Fairfax.

Mrs. DiAntonio was born Mary Bridgett O'Hare in Dundalk, Ireland, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7. She grew up in New York City.

She was a secretary for the Army Air Corps in Panama in 1941, when she met her husband, who became an Air Force officer. She lived in California, Texas, Japan, Italy and Germany before settling in Fairfax in 1964.

All five of her sons attended the Naval Academy in the 1970s and 1980s. "To the best of our knowledge," an academy spokesman said, the DiAntonios match the academy record for most siblings from one family.

Mrs. DiAntonio was a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Fairfax. She also was a supporter of W.T. Woodson High School and the Naval Academy.

Her husband of 52 years, retired Air Force Col. Andrew DiAntonio, died in 2000.

Survivors include her sons, Dr. Steve DiAntonio of Clifton, Brian DiAntonio of Herndon, Dennis DiAntonio and Mark DiAntonio, both of Miami Beach, and Dr. Michael DiAntonio of New York City; and four grandchildren.

Andrew F. 'Drew' Dedrick

Montgomery Urban Planner

Andrew Frederick "Drew" Dedrick, 60, who retired in 2004 as chief of the Research and Technology Center for the Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning, died Nov. 5 at his home in Columbia. He had cancer.

In 1972, Mr. Dedrick began working for the county's planning department, which is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and helped develop the moderately priced dwelling units program. He later had a major role introducing Geographic Information Systems to his department as a way to identify parcels, property lines and other locations via computer.

He was a native of Weehawken, N.J., and an economics graduate of Saint Peter's College in Jersey City. He received a master's degree in urban planning from Hunter College in New York City and a master's degree in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

Early in his career, he was a volunteer and executive director for Programs in Appalachia Through Christian Effort, which took him to Kentucky. After the Wharton School, he became a consultant for the Rand Corp. and a planner for Camden County, N.J.

He was on the board of the Owen Brown village in Columbia and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Baltimore, where he was a catechist for fourth- and fifth- graders and taught vacation Bible school in the summers. He was a founding member of a lay group of Catholic men involved in Cursillo, a spiritual renewal movement.

His marriage to Diana Dedrick ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Bette McKown of Columbia; three children from his first marriage, Andrew J. Dedrick of Halethorpe, Md., and Amy K. Roseman and Margaret A. Dedrick, both of Columbia; his father, Andrew Dedrick of Daytona Beach, Fla.; two sisters; and three grandsons.

William Henry Hymes Sr.

Scientist, Tuskegee Airman

William Henry Hymes Sr., 84, a former fighter pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen who also was a physical scientist with the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, died Nov. 1 at Holy Cross Hospital. He had cerebrovascular disease.

Mr. Hymes, a Silver Spring resident, was born in Wedgefield, S.C., and was raised there and in Lincoln, Pa. He attended Lincoln College before entering the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and served as a second lieutenant with the country's first black military airmen. He was based at Tuskegee and Mitchell Field in New York.

After the war, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in meteorology and received a master's degree in mathematics from American University.

He also served in the Air Force Reserves as he began a civil service career as an analyst with the Navy's Operations Research Office in Bethesda. He later worked as an oceanographer with the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office in Suitland, followed by a scientific staff assistant position with the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy. He spent about 10 years with the Congressional Research Service, providing environmental consultations to members of Congress, congressional committees and their staff. He retired from his government career in the early 1980s.

Mr. Hymes was a deacon and elder at Northeastern Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Penn State Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Edna Voetta Hymes of Silver Spring; two sons, William Henry Hymes Jr. of Washington and Darren Howard Hymes of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a sister.