Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2016
Hood Hoover Barringer
HOOD HOOVER BARRINGER (Age 98) Hood Barringer, Washingtonian, diplomats''
wife, mother of three, and known for her sophisticated taste in clothing fashion and home
decor, passed away on November 30, 2015 at the age of 98.
Hood was born on June 17, 1917 in Washington, DC, and was married to Henry Charles
Barringer for more than 66 years before he passed away in January 2009. Hood had
deep roots in the Washington, DC area. She was the great granddaughter of William
Martin, who co-owned the Dulin & Martin Company, Inc., known for supplying the first
Lenox American-made China set to the White House when it was occupied by President
and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson.
Hood was also the granddaughter of Irwin "Ike" Hoover, an electrician who installed
electricity in the White House in 1891 and ended up serving in the White House for 42
years, twenty-five as the Chief Usher under presidents Harrison, Cleveland, McKinley,
Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Hood attended Central High School (1935) in Washington, DC and studied
psychology at George Washington University and the University of Michigan. Hood and
Henry met at the University of Michigan and were married in April, 1942 in Ann Arbor.
After WW II, Henry began a 30 year career in government service. Hood accompanied
Henry to military, diplomatic and intelligence postings in Uruguay, Den-mark, Colombia,
Greece; Burundi, and Ger- many. During this period, Hood hosted hundreds of social
gatherings, raised three children, and engaged in community service at each post.
After Henry''s retirement in 1973, they settled back into Alexandria. Hood worked with the
National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Bi-Centennial Center and Lyceum in
Alexandria, and the Women''s Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra. During
the post-retirement years, Hood and Henry traveled extensively in Asia and Europe and
because of a deep and ongoing interest in the arts and world cultures, were deeply
involved with a number of cultural activities in both Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA.
Hood is survived by her three children, Bonnie, William (and wife, Victoria Otten), and
Charles (and wife, Sanya Lokosa); her three grandchildren, Erin, Daniel, and Dylan; and
her longtime companion and caretaker, Nancy Roca.
Mrs. Barringer''s ashes will be interred with her husband''s at Arlington National
A celebration of Hood''s life will be scheduled at that time.
Contributions in honor of Hood can be made either to the National Symphony Orchestra
or to the Walloon Lake Association, P.O. Box 621, Petoskey, MI 49770.
Gestures of condolence and sympathy may be sent to Hood''s home or through the
following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org