Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 8, 2018
CHARLES "Buddy" HERBERT DICK (Age 92)
Passed away on December 6, 2017, at Avalon Health Center in
Born in Washington, DC on June 3, 1925, he was the son of Ella
Frances (Batson) and John Herbert Dick, becoming a third
He graduated from McKinley High School (1943) in
Washington, DC and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corps,
where he served during World War II as a bombardier-navigator.
After his discharge, he earned a Bachelor's Degree from the
University of Maryland and a Master's Degree in Education from George Washington University.
Charles then embarked on a distinguished 38 year career in federal government service,
beginning with the Department of the Army. He was selected for service with the National
Security Agency and then the Department of the Navy where he became an expert on
In his boyhood, he was a member of his neighborhood Boy Scout Troop, spending many
vacations with the troop at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia. Charles was an active
member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington, Virginia. During summers he worshiped
at the St. George Episcopalian Chapel in Tenants Harbor, Maine, where he served as the
chapel treasurer for 18 years.
Charles, also known as Buddy, grew up near the railroad lines in NE Washington, DC, and
developed a lifelong love of trains, maps and travel. He spent much of his leisure time reading,
a passion he passed on to his children and grandchildren, whose activities he followed with
great interest. Charles was devoted to his beloved wife of 69 years, Jean Frances Root, his
family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife and children, John of Arlington, VA and Annapolis, MD and Jennifer
and her husband, James O'Donnell of Noank, CT; and seven grandchildren, Mhari, Jemma,
Fiona, Conor and Aine O'Donnell, Gregory and Evan Dick.
Memorial services will be held Friday, January 12 at 11 a.m., at Resurrection Lutheran Church,
6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22205.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Resurrection Evangelical
Lutheran Church or to a charity of your choice.
Religious Service Information
Resurrection Lutheran Church
6201 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205