Maxine Hamilton
tax consultant

Maxine Hamilton, a self-employed tax consultant in the Washington area from 1989 to 2005, died July 23 at a hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. She was 85 and a Silver Spring resident.

The cause was a heart attack, said a daughter, Ellen O’Donnell.

Mrs. Hamilton married a Foreign Service officer in 1950 and accompanied him on assignments before settling permanently in the Washington area in 1981.

She was an analyst with the State Department’s Office of Intelligence Research in the late 1940s. She later became a teacher and taught social studies and English at Arlington’s Swanson Middle School from 1953 to 1954. She was a tax preparer at H&R Block in the late 1980s.

Maxine DeWoody Taylor was a native of New Castle, Pa., and a 1947 political science and economics graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. She received a master’s degree in international affairs in 1948 from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Mass.

She received a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California in 1973 from the school’s campus in Brussels. At the University of London, she received a diploma in history in 1979 and a diploma in archeology in 1981. She received a doctorate in Victorian studies from the University of Leicester in England in 1990.

Mrs. Hamilton won awards for her volunteer work at the Arc of Maryland and the Arc of Montgomery County, organizations that help people with developmental disabilities and their families. She was a past board member of the Montgomery County chapter.

Her other memberships included the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County and the League of Women Voters.

Survivors include her husband, William G. Hamilton of Silver Spring; five children, Jean P. Hamilton of Cincinnati, Ellen H. O’Donnell of Castro Valley, Calif., Graham T. Hamilton of Montgomery Village, Carol N. Hamilton of Hyattsville and Allison Hamilton-Rohe of Leiden, the Netherlands; and four grandchildren.

CORRECTION: The article has been revised to correct the years she worked at Arlington’s Swanson Middle School. She taught at the school from 1953 to 1954.

— Adam Bernstein