Rita E. Tower
legal secretary

Rita E. Tower, who spent 25 years as a legal secretary at the Washington law firm of Caplin and Drysdale before retiring about a decade ago, died Aug. 30 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. She was 83.

She died of cancer, said her daughter, Pamela Tower.

Rita Elizabeth O’Leary was born in Boston. She accompanied her husband, Army Col. John B. Tower, on his assignments before settling in Alexandria in 1978. She was a golfer, tennis and bridge player, gardener, and volunteer reader and teacher’s aide at Mount Eagle Elementary School in Alexandria.

Her husband died in 1983 after a marriage of 31 years. Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Tower of Kenwood, Calif. and Jeannie Marie Tower of Alexandria.

— Bart Barnes