-- Patricia Sullivan Washington Post Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Nancy A. Graham, 81, an Arlington community activist, died Dec. 8 of ischemic colitis at
Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. She lived in Arlington.
Mrs. Graham was public policy chairwoman of the Arlington chapter of the American
Association of University Women and was its delegate to the Arlington County Civic
Federation. The federation gave her its Order of Distinguished Meritorious Service, its
highest honor, in 2002. She was a life member of the federation. She was also a member
of the vestry and led the worship committee at St. George's Episcopal Church in Arlington.
Born Nancy Alger in Atlanta, she grew up in Panama and Tennessee. She moved to
Arlington in 1940 and graduated from the old Western High School (1946) in
She attended the Women's College of the University of North Carolina until she married.
Years later, she graduated from George Mason University and in 1983 received her
master's degree there. In graduate school, she was editor of the now-defunct Sociology
Review, a monthly publication of book reviews by academics in the field. Mrs. Graham
joined the Veterans Administration in 1983, working as a health policy analyst until she
retired in 1994.
Her husband of 60 years, William M. Graham, died in June. A daughter, Margaret
Graham, died in 1992.
Survivors include two children, David Graham of Centreville and Susan Graham of Winter