Yolanda Alfaro Maddux

Artist, Philanthropist

Yolanda Alfaro Maddux, 84, a painter and sculptor who with her husband established a foundation to help at-risk children in the Washington area, died Nov. 12 at her home in McLean after a stroke.

Mrs. Maddux and her husband, Henry Cabell Maddux Jr., created the foundation in honor of their daughter, Katharine Pollard Maddux, who was killed in 1971.

The foundation has funded a variety of projects over the years, including ones involving prenatal care, parent education and early intervention with autistic children.

Mrs. Maddux, who was born in Panama City, came to Washington as an infant when her father, Ricardo J. Alfaro, was named Panama's ambassador to the United States.

She grew up in Washington but returned to Panama briefly in the early 1930s when her father served as that country's president.

She graduated from the Holton-Arms School and volunteered as a nurse's aide for the Red Cross.

As an artist, she specialized in oil painting and sculpture. She participated in group and juried shows, mostly in the Washington area. She created a bust of her father that now stands on the Avenue de Ricardo J. Alfaro in Panama. A reproduction of the bust is part of a collection in a museum in Santander, Spain.

Mrs. Maddux served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Junior League of Washington, the Hospital for Sick Children, the Sulgrave Club, the D.C. Committee of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

She was an avid gardener and a founding member of the Evergreen Garden Club in McLean.

In addition to her husband, of 64 years, of McLean, survivors include a son, Henry Cabell Maddux III of Warrenton; a sister, Amelita A. Weller of Chevy Chase; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A son, Fielding Lewis Maddux, died in 1999.