Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 24, 2015
DOROTHY TOOMBS DANIEL (Age 94)
Passed away at home on Saturday, March 21, 2015 after a
short illness. Born in Washington, DC, Dorothy was a
graduate of Oyster Elementary, the old Central High
School (1939), and Goucher College, where she was a
member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. During World War II
she served her country, applying her degree in languages
to work as a code breaker. Dorothy spent many happy
summers of her childhood at her family's house on Dukehart
Island, in Southern Maryland, where she learned to catch
crabs and fish.
She married Raleigh Travers Daniel in 1952 and raised four children; Julia (Bob
Robertson) of Bethesda, MD; Travers (Colleen) of Cabin John, MD; Selden (Nina) of
McLean, VA; and David (Sally) of Washington, DC. Raleigh died in 2011; she was also
pre-deceased by her brother, Alfred Toombs. Along with her children, she is survived by
eleven grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was committed to exercise and good nutrition. She was an excellent cook, who
was proud to have never eaten at McDonald's. She was an active volunteer at the Christ
Child Opportunity Shop in Georgetown, as well as the St. Patrick's altar guild. She was
always open to new ideas and strived to stay informed and current. This was reflected in
her Modernist taste in design, her love of contemporary art, Japanese flower
arrangement, and popular music. She had an easy ability to converse and befriend the
many people she met through her children, many of whom became her friends in their own
right. She travelled extensively, both with her family and with friends. She was an
enthusiastic supporter of the Redskins and the Nationals.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 26 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's
Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway, Washington DC 20007. In lieu of flowers
donations may be made to Alley Cat Allies, (www.alleycat.org) The World Wildlife Fund,
or The Christ Child Society.