Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
international banking official
Anne Deruyttere, 61, an anthropologist and economist who worked at the Inter-American Development Bank for 28 years before retiring in 2011, spending many years as chief of its indigenous peoples and community development unit, died April 2 at her home in Bethesda, Md. The cause was ovarian cancer, said her husband, Christopher Rigaux.
Ms. Deruyttere was born in Leuven, Belgium, and she settled in the Washington area in 1982. After her retirement, she spent the next five years as a senior international consultant for the bank. She was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Md.
Aliceann Wohlbruck, 81, executive director of the National Association of Development Organizations from 1979 to 2003, died March 19 at her home in Washington. The cause was complications following a stroke, said a stepdaughter, author Laura Hillenbrand.
Ms. Wohlbruck was born in Altoona, Pa., settled in the Washington area in 1964 and spent the next four years as associate director of the National Association of Counties. At the National Association of Development Organizations, she provided training, research and advocacy skills to organizations supporting regional approaches to economic development.
Elizabeth Hillenbrand, 89, a psychologist who had a private practice in Bethesda, Md., from 1971 to 2003, died March 16 at an assisted-living center in Washington. The cause was complications from a broken pelvis suffered in an accidental fall, said a daughter, author Laura Hillenbrand.
Dr. Hillenbrand, a Bethesda resident, was born Elizabeth Dwyer in Cortland, N.Y. She had lived in the Washington area for 53 years. In addition to her private practice, she was an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University.
John Bradley, 75, an ophthalmic surgeon who operated a private practice in Chevy Chase, Md., for about 35 years, died March 20 at a hospital in Washington. He died after a heart attack, said a daughter, Kelly Thackston.
Dr. Bradley, a Washington resident, was born in Silver Spring, Md. He opened his private practice in 1974.
Philine Lachman, 97, a Holocaust survivor and lawyer who worked for about 50 years at the International Monetary Fund before retiring in 1999, died March 17 at her home in Chevy Chase, Md. The cause was congestive heart failure, said her daughter, Tessa Lachman.
Mrs. Lachman was born Philine Polak in Amsterdam to a Jewish family. While she was a university student in Amsterdam, she befriended a fellow student Hannie Schaft, who later became a leader in the Dutch resistance. When the deportations of Jews began in 1942, Mrs. Lachman hid in the attic of Schaft’s home, survived the war, immigrated to Washington in 1947 and later began working for the IMF.
Over her career, she helped develop the IMF’s legal basis for operations, advised countries on banking laws and central banking regulations and became one of the highest ranking women at the fund. She first retired in 1986 as the assistant general counsel, a position she held for 12 years. In 1992, she went back to work at the IMF as the registrar of the Administrative Tribunal for five years.
In the 1980s and 1990s, she was also an instructor on international financial law and development economics at what is now the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University.
Ellen Marsh, 87, a community activist who promoted the historic preservation of Takoma Park, Md., died March 26 at a hospital in Takoma Park. The cause was pneumonia, said her daughter, Jennifer Martin.
Ms. Marsh was born Ellen Rudolph in Baltimore and moved to the Washington region in 1955. She was a librarian at the National Education Association’s research division before she moved to Takoma Park in 1964. She co-chaired the Takoma Park House and Garden Tour and was one of the founders of Historic Takoma, a nonprofit organization. She co-wrote a book, “Takoma Park: Portrait of a Victorian Suburb, 1883-1983” (1984).
In the 1980s and 1990s, she was a researcher, writer and editor first working for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, and then at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She volunteered at the National Building Museum and was a member of Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington.
— From staff reports