Published in The Washington Post on Jul. 28, 2020.
CARYL HADLER 1921 - 2020
HanDLER Caryl Loggins Hadler (Age 98) Died in her home
from complications of a stroke on January 28, 2020.
She was born on May 18, 1921 in Washington, DC, the
daughter of Lilian and James Loggins. Raised in the city, she
was in the inaugural graduating class at Woodrow Wilson
High School (1941). After graduating from Wilson
Teacher's College, she worked for Monroe Calculating Machine Company.
She married Jacques Bauer (Jack) Hadler, a Naval Academy graduate, in 1942. She lived
most of her adult life in Montgomery County, Maryland, residing in Silver Spring, for her last six
years. Caryl was an extraordinary, loving, generous, attentive mother, grandmother and friend.
She was an extroverted, "people" person who embraced life and adventure. While raising their
four children, she worked as a foreign student coordinator for American Field Service and the
Embassy of Kuwait. She became the "American mother' to innumerable foreign students,
including the 10 who lived with and became much loved members of her family.
After her children were grown, she became an intrepid traveler, visiting family and friends, and
touring in countries in six continents, where she appreciated the many cultures and religions
she was fortunate to encounter. She made frequent visits to Kuwait, where her former students
welcomed her as a beloved family member. She delighted in the time she spent with her family
at their beach cottage. She loved gardening and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, and playing bridge,
Scrabble, and Mahjong with family and friends.
Caryl was a founding and active member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Bethesda,
singing in the choir, serving in leadership and on committees, including several seminarian
training committees. She was a volunteer at the Washington Hospital Center for 50 years. One
of her favorite passions became doll collecting. She was a member of Dollology Club of
Washington D.C. until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 75 years, Jack, her
daughter-in-law, Susan Johnson Hadler, and her Kuwaiti son Abdullah Al-Zamel.
She is survived by her four children, the Reverend Jacques B Hadler Jr. of Washington, DC,
James L Hadler, MD (Alice) of New Haven, CT, Stephen C Hadler, MD (Claudia) of Atlanta,
GA and Susan C Hadler, MD of Chapel Hill, NC, and by 10 grandchildren and eight
great-grandchildren. She enriched each family member's life immeasurably and her memory is
treasured by all.
The family is grateful for the wonderful care provided by Lovely Kouadio, Musu Massaley,
Khadija Saspo-Sankoh, Asnakech Legesse, and Joan Straker during her last year of life. The
family thanks Holy Cross Hospice for its invaluable help in the last month of Caryl's life.
A celebration of Caryl's life will take place in the future, when COVID-19 restrictions allow for
safe gatherings. The family will post an announcement prior to the event in the Washington
In lieu of flowers, for anyone wishing to donate to a charity in Caryl's memory, please consider
Whitman Walker Health, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Doctors Without Borders, and
The Washington National Cathedral.