Viola W. Camp, 100, the wife of an Army officer and a onetime secretary to polar explorer Richard Byrd, died Oct. 13 at The Fairfax retirement community at Fort Belvoir. She had dementia, said her son, Richard Camp.
In 1930s, Mrs. Camp briefly served as a secretary to Byrd, a naval officer well known for his expeditions to the North and South poles in the 1920s. She worked for Byrd when he was chairman of the National Economy League.
Mrs. Camp also worked as a bank stenographer and did secretarial work for a Boston area automobile association in the 1930s.
Viola May White was born in Winthrop, Mass.
She followed her husband to military posts across the United States and around the world. During those years, she volunteered with Scouting groups, hospitals and other organizations.
In the 1970s, she volunteered at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.
She lived in Alexandria for 24 years before moving to The Fairfax in 1990.
Her husband of 69 years, retired Army Col. Robert H. Camp, died in 2008. A son, Robert H. Camp Jr., died in 1946.
Survivors include four children, Alice Preece of Inez, Ky., Roberta Reisinger of Willow Street, Pa., Richard Camp of Manakin-Sabot, Va., and Elizabeth Camp of Brookings, Ore.; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandsons.
— Megan McDonough