social services department, died Nov. 6 2007 at the Knollwood retirement home in
Washington. She had pneumonia.
Mrs. Chappelear, who also had a home in Chevy Chase, worked for the county's social
services department in the 1960s and 1970s. After starting her career in Philadelphia in
the 1930s, she briefly worked for the D.C. Health Department and Children's Hospital.
She was born in San Francisco and raised mostly in Washington, where she was a
1928 graduate of Western High School. She was a graduate of George Washington
University, where she also received master's degrees in economics and social work.
She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority and worked at the Hatchet
She married John A. Chappelear in 1940 and in the 1950s accompanied him on his
Foreign Service assignments to London and Vienna before returning to the Washington
area in 1961.
In retirement, she and her husband owned and operated Antiques of Chevy Chase, a
shop in Kensington. He died in 1985.
Her memberships included All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Kenwood Golf
and Country Club in Bethesda as well as book and film discussion groups and a breast
cancer support group.
Survivors include two children, Susan Skramstad of Boulder, Colo., and John M.
Chappelear of Great Falls; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
-- Adam Bernstein