Tania Perry McAllister

Published in The Washington Post from July 11 to July 12, 2013


Tania Perry McAllister, 84, a mother, grandmother, volunteer
and private antiques dealer, died May 25, 2013 at Kensington
Park retirement community in Kensington, where she had lived
since 2011.

Tania Perry was born in 1928 in Philadelphia to Tamara
Mihailov Perry and John D. Perry (Perevedentzeff), both of
whom had escaped the 1917 Russian Revolution. The family moved to Washington in
1935 and settled in the Palisades area. Tania graduated from the old
Western High
School (1946)
and, in 1950, the University of Maryland College Park, with a foreign
service bachelor's degree. That same year, she married UMd classmate Edward Basil

Mr. McAllister died in 2011. Mrs. McAllister raised her family in Kensington and
Bethesda. She served as a volunteer in her children's schools and with various charities,
managed the local swim team, and was a board member of the Montgomery County
Humane Society, operator of the county animal shelter.

Survivors include daughters Lisa McAllister, of Silver Spring, MD, Tessa McAllister, of
Purcellville, VA, granddaughter Alix Feeney and her husband Sean Feeney, and
great-grandchildren Elliott McAllister Feeney and Georgia Mae Feeney, all of Leesburg,

Services were private, as requested. The family gratefully thanks relatives and friends for
their expressions of sympathy.