Virginia Halsen DeAtley Brown

Published: November 29

Virginia Brown, 85, an illustrator who did medical drawings and a gardener who
grew camellias, died Nov. 14 at the Manor Care nursing center in Bethesda.
She had a stroke and cancer of the lymph nodes, said a daughter, Laura B. Jeffery.

Virginia Halsen DeAtley, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Detroit and moved to
Washington as an infant. She graduated from
McKinley Technical High School
and the University of Maryland, where she also received a master’s degree in
medical art in 1952.

As a young woman, she did professional medical illustrations for medical

Her avocations included portrait painting. She copied paintings at the National
Gallery of Art. She was a member of the Potomac Archers and the Sunset Ice
Skating Club. She was played piano and was a member of the Friday Morning
Music Club.

Her husband of 50 years, Richard V. Brown, died in 1998. Survivors include two
children, Russell D. Brown of Rome, N.Y., and Laura B. Jeffery of Rockville.

— Bart Barnes