|Emily Frances Jane Bennett
Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 14, 2014
BENNETT EMILY FRANCES JANE BENNETT (Age 93)
Passed away peacefully on October 2, 2014 at Sibley
Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Miss Bennett was born in Washington, DC on June 22, 1921
at the Columbia Hospital for Women to the late Lt. Col. Nelson
Bennett II and Rose Bernice Bennett (born Pinkstaff). She
lived in the West End neighborhood of DC until the age of 8,
when her family moved to the Brookmont neighborhood in
Bethesda. She lived in Brookmont for over 85 years until her death.
Miss Bennett graduated in 1939 from Western High School in Georgetown, obtained a
Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in 1944 from GW University, where she was also
a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Later, she earned a Master's Degree in 1953 in
Library Science from the Catholic University.
Miss Bennett worked for about 14 years for the Museum of Natural History. After that, she
worked for a number of years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC. In 1975, after
almost 25 years of Federal service, she retired from her position as a Medical Librarian.
Miss Bennett was an active member of the Constitution Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution. She loved international travel, was an avid gardener and had a
keen interest in Western Art, Culture and History. She was also passionately interested in
Physical Anthropology and Human Evolution (this passion emerged as a child, when her
father took her to see the display on Human Evolution at the Museum of Natural History).
Miss Bennett never married, had no children and was preceded in death by her siblings
Surviving nephews and nieces include J. David Hargett (Ann), James B. Hargett (Kay),
Jane H. Martens (J. Christopher), Laura H. Ruffley, caregivers Nelson Bennett, IV (Amon),
and David S. Bennett (Veronika). Miss Bennett also had numerous grandnephews and a
A funeral mass will be said on November 1, at 1 p.m. at St. David's Episcopal Church,
5150 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC.
There will be a reception at the family home following the funeral service. Miss Bennett
was cremated; her remains will be taken by the family for interment in the family cemetery
in Pinkstaff, Illinois.