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Doris M. Catherine, aviation contracts administrator, former Pan Am flight attendant, dies at 78

Doris M. Catherine
contracts administrator

Doris M. Catherine, 78, a retired aviation contracts administrator, died April 8 at her home in Annandale.

She had lung and colon cancer, said her son Chuck Catherine.

Mrs. Catherine retired about two years ago from JIL, an aviation consulting firm in the District where she had worked for about a decade, her son said. She had previously done work for Arthur D. Little, a management consultancy based in Boston.

In the 1970s and ’80s, she was the recreation director at the Watergate at Landmark condominium complex in Alexandria.

Doris Marie Campbell was born in Queens and settled in the Washington area in 1970.

She learned Spanish for her job as a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways, where she worked in the 1950s and ’60s. She was a past president of World Wings International, an organization of former Pan Am flight attendants.

Her husband of 12 years, Air Force Lt. Col. Carl C. Catherine, died in 1969. Survivors include three sons, Carl C. “Chip” Catherine Jr. of Springfield, Charles A. “Chuck” Catherine of Greensboro, N.C., and Christopher C. Catherine of Culpeper; a sister; and six grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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