Carol B. James, 82, a docent at the National Air and Space Museum from 1968 to 1997, died April 4 in Springfield at the Greenspring Village retirement community’s assisted living facility. She had leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Over the years, Mrs. James was an assistant to Paul E. Garber, the museum’s founder and first curator.

Carol Beck was born in Plainfield, N.J., and graduated from the Katherine Gibbs secretarial school in New York City. She settled in the Washington area in the mid-1950s and lived for many years in Prince George’s County.

She was a past member and officer at Corkran Memorial Methodist Church in Temple Hills. She wrote for community publications.

Her husband, Richard James, whom she married in 1948, died in 2007. Survivors include five children, Jacqueline Bayless of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Douglas James of Alexandria, Chrystean Horsman of Arlington, Tex., Jeffrey James of Christchurch, New Zealand, and Jonathan James of Warrenton; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein