Augusta S. Dessoff, 99, a former antiques dealer and volunteer, died Aug. 22 of congestive heart failure at her home in
Washington. Mrs. Dessoff, who specialized in American and English silver and fine porcelain, exhibited in antiques shows on
the East Coast from 1969 to 1991. She also briefly maintained a shop on Antiques Row in Kensington.
Until a few years ago, she continued to visit local shows and buy antiques for consignment to the Bombe Chest thrift shop on
Mrs. Dessoff was born in New York and moved to Washington as a child. She graduated from the old Central High School and
attended George Washington University. For several years, she worked as a legal and medical secretary.
She was a Red Cross volunteer at Walter Reed Army Hospital during World War II and at Bethesda Naval Hospital after the war.
As a volunteer for the Library of Congress and the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, she translated textbooks into Braille for
blind schoolchildren. She volunteered at the Bombe Chest, which is operated by the Jewish Social Service Agency, and was a
former board member of the agency.
As president of the D.C. chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women from 1949 to 1951, Mrs. Dessoff organized the first
local Thanksgiving dinner for Jewish refugees from World War II. She also helped establish the Montgomery County section of
She enjoyed oil painting, gardening and golf. She lived in Bethesda for many years and was a member of Washington Hebrew
Congregation and Woodmont Country Club.
Her husband of 69 years, Dr. Joseph Dessoff, died in 2001.
Survivors include two children, Alan Dessoff of Bethesda and Nancy Colodny of Chevy Chase; a sister, Sarah Goldberg of the
District; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
-- Matt Schudel