Rhett Leverett
assistant professor, broom expert

Rhett Leverett, an assistant professor of European history at Marymount University and who had once been the federal government’s foremost authority on brooms and brushes, died Oct. 1 at George Washington University Hospital after being struck by a car that day in the District’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. He was 60.

Mr. Leverett, a District resident, was walking his dog on the 400 block of Sixth Street Northwest when the motorist lost control of the car and struck Mr. Leverett on the sidewalk, police told The Washington Post. The accident remains under investigation.

Mr. Leverett began teaching in 1991 at Marymount in Arlington County while continuing a 25-year career in the federal government. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service from 1987 to 2001, at one point serving as legislative liaison in the Commissioner’s office.

Earlier in his career, he had been an investigator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and an international trade analyst for the U.S. International Trade Commission.

While at the trade commission from 1979 to 1987, he was named the agency’s leading expert on the world trade of toilet brushes, furniture, umbrellas, whips and riding crops, the Wall Street Journal reported in 1982. He compiled data on foreign competition that had an impact on trade legislation and oversaw an annual report to the president on the broom industry.

Charles Leverett was a native of Birmingham, Ala., and he later legally changed his first name to Rhett.

He was a 1973 history graduate of the University of Alabama, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He received a master’s degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975.

He was a board member of the Washington Shakespeare Company’s Avant Bard theater group and a past board member of his condominium association in Washington.

Survivors include his father, Charles D. Leverett of Birmingham.

— Adam Bernstein