Jane Tunstall Lingo GWU OfficialJane Tunstall Lingo, 82, assistant director of university relations at George Washington University, died of breast cancer Feb. 23 at Lynn House in Alexandria, where she lived.
Ms. Lingo worked for GWU from 1956 until the time of her death. She was one of the first women invited to join the National Press Club when it opened its membership rolls to women in 1971. She was also a past president of the American News Women's Club.
A native Washingtonian, she graduated in 1942 from the last class at Gunston Hall School, a girls school. She graduated from George Washington University in 1946 in the same class as presidential daughter Margaret Truman, with whom she was close friends.
After spending several years traveling and volunteering, Ms. Lingo returned to Washington and began working for the university. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross, the USO and the Junior League, becoming one of the contributing authors for the league's book "The City of Washington." She also worked on a long-running children's television program as part of a marionette troupe.
At the university, she was on the Hospital Women's Board, the Faculty Women's Club and Columbian Women, the school's oldest scholarship support group.
Ms. Lingo also was a past member of the Adams Morgan Neighborhood Association and the mayor's advisory committee for neighborhood beautification. She worked with the Democratic National Committee during several presidential campaigns and assisted with presidential inaugurations. She was a board member of the YWCA of the National Capital area.
Ms. Lingo was also a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and was a docent at Dumbarton House. She was a supporter of Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Blair House, the Washington National Opera and the Shakespeare Theatre. She was member of the Sulgrave Club and the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Washington.
She had no immediate survivors.
Thelma Earles Larsen Embassy SecretaryThelma Earles Larsen, 92, a former secretary at the Iranian Embassy who later worked with the Postal Service, died Feb. 13 of pneumonia at Bethesda Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Larsen, who was born in Willis, Va., came to Washington in the 1930s and held a secretarial job at the State Department for several years. After taking time out to raise her family, she worked on Capitol Hill briefly before taking a position as secretary at the Iranian Embassy in 1951. She stayed at the embassy until the mid-1960s.
From 1969 to 1979, Mrs. Larsen worked at the procurement and supply office of Postal Service headquarters in Washington.
She lived in Northwest Washington for many years before moving to Bethesda in the 1980s. After many years as a Lutheran, Mrs. Larsen converted to Catholicism in 2002.
Her husband of 49 years, Emmanuel S. Larsen, died in 1987.
A son, Jan Larsen, died in 2004.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Tavenner of Washington; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.