Jessie Carleton Calver Dickins
-- Lauren Wiseman The Washington Post 2009

Jessie C. Dickens, 91, a biology lecturer at George Washington University from the late
1960s until the late 1980s, died Aug. 9 at her home in Arlington of congestive heart

She was born Jessie Carleton Calver in Charleston, S.C., and moved to Washington
when she was 6. She was a
1934 graduate of Western High School. She received a
bachelor's degree in 1938 and master's degree in the late 1960s, both in biology from
George Washington University.

During retirement, she volunteered as a docent at the Smithsonian Institution's National
Museum of Natural History, assisting in the bird and insect divisions. She was a
member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Arlington.

Her husband of 48 years, retired Navy Capt. Paul F. Dickens Jr., died in 1990.

Survivors include three children, Paul F. Dickens III of Burke, Susan Willner of
Alexandria and Katherine Kareus of Fort Smith, Ark.; a sister; seven grandchildren; and
two great-grandchildren.