Jacquelyn Gentry, 76, who retired from the American Psychological Association in 2002 as director of its public interest initiatives, died March 26 at Oakview Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Silver Spring. She was a Glenn Dale resident.
The cause was aspiration pneumonia and complications from a car accident about four years ago, said her partner, Sally Phillips.
Dr. Gentry spent 13 years with the American Psychological Association and earlier worked 22 years with the National Institute of Mental Health, where she had served as chief of the science communication and mental health education branches.
She also had been an AIDS training evaluation specialist at NIMH and helped create an interactive video on adolescent suicide that received an award from the Association of Visual Communicators. She also received a U.S. Public Health Service special recognition award for work on developing an AIDS hotline.
Jacquelyn Ann Hogue was a native of Dayton, Tenn., and a 1958 graduate of Stetson University in Florida. She received a master’s degree in psychology from Syracuse University in 1960 and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Maryland in 1973.
She was an officer of the Feminist Institute, a group that organized tours and other events with a focus on women. She was a founding member and past president of Washington Women Outdoors, a nonprofit organization that conducts activities such as hiking and climbing.
Her other memberships included the Bowie Senior Chorale and the Arundelair Chorus, a barbershop group.
Her marriage to Paul R. “Ron” Hall ended in divorce in the mid-1980s. She then took her mother’s maiden name, Gentry, as her surname.
Survivors include her partner of 23 years, Sally J. Phillips of Glenn Dale; two children from her marriage, Jennifer H. Boyer of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Jeffrey R. Hall of Rockville; a brother; and five grandchildren.
— Adam Bernstein
Paul F. Rogers
Paul F. Rogers, 66, a retired congressional staff member who served 14 years as chief of staff to Rep. Ronald Coleman (D-Tex.), died March 21 at his home in Alexandria.
The cause was cancer, said his wife, Debra Viadero-Rogers.
Mr. Rogers was chief of staff to Coleman for his seven terms in office, from 1983 to 1997. Mr. Rogers then was was chief of staff to Rep. Max Sandlin (D-Tex.) during his four terms in the U.S. House from 1997 to 2005.
From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Rogers held a series of short-term jobs for nonprofit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity. He was interim supervisor for the Capitol Page School before retiring in 2007.
Paul Franklin Rogers was a native of Columbia, Miss., and a 1969 graduate of the University of Houston. He was an assistant in the Texas legislature before coming to Washington in 1977.
During the Jimmy Carter administration, he was an assistant to the secretary of Immigration and Naturalization and a staff member in the White House personnel office.
His marriages to Susie Holt and Becky Lammert ended in divorce.
Suvivors include his wife, whom he married in 1983, Debra Viadero-Rogers, and their two daughters, Emily Rogers and Meredith Rogers, all of Alexandria; his mother, June Green, of Longview, Tex.; a sister; and a brother.
— Bart Barnes
Mary-Averett Seelye, 94, a longtime Washington performance artist who also helped found a theater company in the 1950s, died March 30 at the Collington Life Care community in Mitchellville.
She had a brain tumor, said a niece, Karen Franck.
After coming to Washington, Ms. Seelye helped found the Theatre Lobby. As a performing group from 1950 to 1972, it presented some of Washington’s first integrated theatrical productions. It also staged the first local performance of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” in 1958. The group later became a theater support organization.
From the 1950s to the 1990s, Ms. Seelye also gave performances in which she combined poetry and movement.
In 1981, Washington Post dance critic Alan M. Kriegsman praised Ms. Seelye for her “courage, intelligence, charm and artistic integrity. She declaims the poetry clearly and artfully, and her tall, gangly figure has a natural, quirky expressivity in motion.”
Ms. Seelye worked for many years as an arts program associate for the American Association of University Women, giving arts workshops across the country. She retired in the early 1980s.
Mary-Averett Seelye was born in Chatham, N.J., and spent much of her youth in Lebanon, where her father was a professor at the American University of Beirut.
She received a bachelor’s degree in drama from Bennington College in Vermont in 1940 and a master’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina in 1950.
At the 2008 Metro DC Dance Awards, she received the Pola Nirenska Award for lifetime achievement.
She lived in Washington before moving to Collington. She had no immediate survivors.
— Matt Schudel