Krystyna Anna Edmondson

Illustrator, Writer

Krystyna Anna Edmondson, 71, a Polish immigrant to the United States who crafted a career as an illustrator and a writer, died Nov. 23 at Suburban Hospital of complications from surgery in June to remove a brain tumor. She was a Washington resident.

She was born Krystyna Anna Dabrowska in Lublin, Poland, and received a master of fine arts degree from the School of Art and Design in Warsaw. Her first job was as a graphic designer for a Polish publishing house, Iskry.

She met her American husband, an official with the relief agency CARE at a party in Warsaw. After their marriage, the couple lived in Germany, Chile and Ecuador. They settled in the District in 1965.

Mrs. Edmondson was deeply affected by her experiences during World War II and living under the Communist regime. She sought to express her views on these and other experiences through freelance articles that appeared in The Washington Post during the 1970s and 1980s.

During the Watergate era, her unique pen-and-ink portraits of Henry Kissinger, John Mitchell, Richard Nixon, Mao Tse Tung and other public figures appeared in The Post, the Boston Globe and the New Republic. She also contributed illustrations to Washingtonian magazine.

She called herself "Krystyna the immigrant" and used her outsider's artistic eye to comment on feminism, Polish-American culture, early childhood development and other issues of the day. She was an active member of the Washington Women's Art Center, an exhibition space for female artists in the 1970s, where she explored black-and-white photography.

She also belonged to the Chevy Chase Citizens Association, the Avalon Theatre Project, the Chevy Chase Historical Society and the Sierra Club. She was a member of Washington Independent Writers, the Washington-based Essayist group and the Third Age retirement group.

In 1988, she and her husband moved to East Jerusalem, where they lived until 1992. During those years, she studied Arabic, biblical history, archeology and the landscapes and wildflowers of Israel and Palestine. She spoke fluent Polish, English, French and Spanish.

She was an active member of the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda and found her deepest peace in the natural beauty of gardens and public parks. Her large, lush family garden in Northwest Washington was her sanctuary.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Jack Edmondson of the District; three children, Anna Edmondson of Oakland, Calif., Elizabeth Edmondson of Silver Spring and Paul Edmondson of Seattle; and five grandchildren.

Thomas Flynn Jr.

Federal Manager of Mines

Thomas Patrick Flynn Jr., 80, a manager with the Interior Department's Bureau of Mines until he retired in 1983, died of cardiorespiratory arrest Nov. 5 at Sunrise of McLean, a senior living facility.

Mr. Flynn began working in mining engineering for the Bureau of Mines in 1950. His areas of expertise included subsidence, public relations and mine fires, including the Centralia mine fire in Pennsylvania. His job frequently took him to the anthracite region in northeastern Pennsylvania. He retired as chief of the Branch of Applied Technology and Demonstration.

Mr. Flynn was born in Nicholson, Pa., and grew up in Scranton, Pa. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served until 1946. He married in 1948 and settled in McLean.

As a pastime, Mr. Flynn designed and built furniture and restored antiques. He also loved music and played five instruments, including the piano, guitar and accordion.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Flynn of McLean; three children, Thomas Patrick Flynn III of Princeton, N.J., Elizabeth Ann Flynn Fitch of Great Falls and Cynthia Mary Flynn Ehinger of Clifton; two brothers; and two grandchildren.