Miriam Stearns Hutton, 80, a former Defense Department secretary and a longtime water exercise instructor at the National
Naval Medical Center pool, died of a stroke Dec. 27 at her home in Chevy Chase.
Mrs. Hutton was born in the District and graduated from Central High School in 1944. She attended George Washington
University for two years and then joined the Defense Department as secretary for an Army colonel. After the war, she was
dispatched to Germany and Austria for the Defense Department.
During the 1950s, she was a homemaker in Chicago and New York City, before moving back to the Washington area in 1961. In
the late 1960s, she worked on the staff of Rep. Michael D. Barnes (D-Md.). She was a water exercise instructor at the National
Naval Medical Center pool in Bethesda from 1973 to 2003.
Mrs. Hutton's husband, William R. Hutton, died in 1997. A son, Griffith H. Hutton, died in 1984.
Survivors include a son, Glen R. Hutton of Silver Spring; two sisters, Evelyn Hamilton of White Oak and Joan Stearns of the
District; and two grandchildren.