Margaret McGinty Derr, 93, a secretary with the Office of War Information and the National Slag Association trade group during World War II, died April 17 at Virginia Hospital Center of complications from a fall at her home in Arlington County.
Mrs. Derr, a native of Osceola Mills, Pa., was a stenographer and administrative assistant in Pennsylvania during the late 1930s before moving to Arlington in 1940.
She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington.
Her husband of 51 years, Vincent Derr, died in 1995.
Survivors include four children, Ellen D. McCausland and Kathryn E. Derr, both of Arlington, Thomas E. Derr of Bristol and Vincent H. Derr of Charlottesville, Va.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
-- Lauren Wiseman
Claude B. "Cliff" Groce, 84, a deputy program director at Voice of America from 1968 until 1982, died April 14 at his home in Washington. He had Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Groce started working at the government-funded broadcast network in Washington in the early 1950s as an editor, writer and broadcaster. Later, he produced several radio shows, including "Music USA," a jazz program hosted by Willis Conover, and "Panorama USA," a cultural program about life in the United States.
In the late 1950s, he worked for Voice of America in Munich, supervising reporters who covered international conferences, before returning to Washington as deputy chief of VOA's worldwide English division. He wrote and produced documentaries, including one on the desegregation of public schools in Dallas.
In the 1970s, he led a group that advocated for the separation of VOA from its parent, the U.S. Information Agency.
"To succeed over the long term, this institution must have the continuing trust of listeners throughout the world. We believe that maintaining such a trust depends on VOA's ability to escape the many-layered bureaucracy of the present," he wrote in a petition. However, VOA remained a part of the information agency until the late 1990s.
Claude Bethany Groce, a native of Hempstead, Texas, received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1947 and a master's degree in international relations from the University of California at Berkeley in 1955. He served in the Army during World War II.
From 1982 until his retirement in 1986, he was a director for USIA's Worldnet Television and later its press and publications service.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Carolyn Greer Groce of Washington; two children, Lisa Clausen of Seattle and Matthew Groce of Winter Springs, Fla.; and four granddaughters.
-- Lauren Wiseman
Henry L. Anderton, 90, a retired Navy captain who became a chief electrical engineer for the engineering giant Bechtel, died April 17 at his home in Arlington County. He had congestive heart failure.
Capt. Anderton served in the Navy from 1939 to 1968. He was a flier in the South Pacific during World War II and later was an engineering duty officer and test pilot. His final active-duty assignment was at the Pentagon working on Navy weapons systems.
After retiring from the Navy, he spent 10 years at NASA headquarters managing a laser and optics program. He joined Bechtel in 1978 and during his decade with the company was assigned to work on the Washington area Metro system.
Henry Lafayette Anderton was a native of Birmingham, Ala., where he was a graduate of Howard College. He received a master's degree in electronics engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Annapolis. His military decorations included two awards of the Air Medal.
He was a member and former treasurer at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arlington.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Perry Anderton, whom he married in 1941, of Arlington; four children, Carol Webb Darden and Mark Anderton of Virginia Beach, Stephen Anderton of Millington Md., and John Anderton of Portland, Ore.; a brother; a sister; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
-- Adam Bernstein
Bradley C. Durst, 49, who had been a substitute teacher in Frederick County public schools since the late 1990s, died April 10 at his home in Urbana after a heart attack.
Mr. Durst home-schooled his older daughter while working for the school system. He was a self-employed contractor in the mid-1990s as well as a machinist and sheet metal mechanic at Comsat Laboratories in Clarksburg from 1989 to 1993. He began his career in 1983 working at his father's retail business, the Potomac Furniture Co., in Brunswick, Md.
Bradley Conrad Durst was born in Washington and graduated in 1978 from Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, where he was on the varsity swimming, soccer and tennis teams. He graduated from what is now McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., where he also played varsity soccer.
He was a collector of memorabilia from the Civil War, World War I and World War II. He volunteered with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick and for his family's antique business.