Dorothy Henry, 88, a writer and editor with the Department of Agriculture who previously worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, died Feb. 15 of cardiopulmonary disease at her home in Washington.

Her daughter, Lois Hertz, confirmed the death.

From 1979 to 1999, Mrs. Henry was a supervisory writer and editor at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. She was legislative assistant to Rep. Donald M. Fraser (D-Minn.) from 1972 to 1979.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Mrs. Henry worked in political campaigns for Democratic candidates for federal, state and local offices. She was an activist supporting integration of Virginia public schools.

Dorothy Henry was born in Forest Park, Ill. She came to Washington in 1943 to work as a secretary for the War Production Board and was a 1948 graduate of George Washington University.

She later held a variety of journalistic jobs and did research for Marianne Means for her book “The Woman in the White House” and for Adela Rogers St. Johns for “The Honeycomb.”

Mrs. Henry lived in Falls Church before moving to Washington in 1975.

Her marriage to A. Burke Hertz ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, A. Bradley Hertz of Salt Lake City, Douglas Burke Hertz of Ukiah, Calif., and Lois Crane Hertz of Washington; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes