Carol A. Kimbell
clinical social worker

Carol A. Kimbell, a homemaker who went back to school in her 40s and became a clinical social worker at a psychiatric hospital in Sykesville, Md., died Sept. 21 at Washington Hospital Center. She was 79.

The cause of death was lung cancer, said her son, Steven Kimbell.

Mrs. Kimbell, a Hyattsville resident, received a bachelor’s degree in social services from the Catholic University in 1983and a master’s degree in social work from Catholic in 1984. From 1985 until 1996, she was a clinical social worker at Springfield Hospital Center, a facility run by the state of Maryland.

Carol Ann Colson, a native Washingtonian, was a 1952 graduate of D.C.’s Eastern High School.

She was a past president of the Council on America’s Military Past, a historical organization. She was a teacher’s aide at the old Ager Road Elementary School in Hyattsville and was a volunteer with the Prince George’s County Youth Orchestra. She helped coordinate the orchestra’s appearance at the Kennedy Center for a bicentennial concert in 1976.

She appeared in a documentary, “Homefront: World War II in Washington,” which aired on WETA in 2007.

In retirement, she rafted in the Colorado River and went dog sledding in Alaska.

Her husband of 38 years, Charles L. Kimbell, died in 1993. Survivors include three children, Steven Kimbell of Gaithersburg, Brenda Anna of Riverdale and Stephanie Mendenhall of Gettysburg, Pa.; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

— Victoria St. Martin