Published in The Washington Post on June 28, 2018
LUCY BEALE EASTHAM
Died peacefully at Ingleside at Rock Creek in Washington, DC on June 19, 2018 at the
age of 101. She was born on March 9, 1917 in Washington, DC, and lived in or near the
District of Columbia her entire life.
She graduated from Central High School in 1933, received a BA from George
Washington University in 1937, a MA from University of Wisconsin in 1943, and a MS in
Library Science from Catholic University of America in 1961. She was awarded a
scholarship to the East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1964 and was a member of
Beta Phi Mu.
Lucy valued education and encouraged her students to do the same. In 1939, she began
her career with the Washington, DC public school system where she worked as a
teacher and librarian for the next 33 years until her retirement in 1972. She taught
English in the Netherlands under a Fulbright Fellowship in 1953, an experience she
regarded as one of the highlights of her career. In retirement she spent ten years
working as an indexer and editor for the publishers of Foreign Area Studies at American
Lucy joined the Sixth Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC in 1931 where she served
as a Sunday school teacher, Deacon, and Elder, and remained a member until the
1980s. She later joined Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, Maryland where
she was member until her death.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Prospect Hill
Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia.
Funeral arrangements are provided by Maddox Funeral Home of Front Royal, Virginia.
Maddox Funeral Home
105 West Main Street
Front Royal, VA 22630