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HOSMER LUCRETIA DE WOLF HOSMER "Lucky" Lucretia Watts De Wolf Hosmer, 84, died on May 26, 2014 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She was born in Philadelphia on November 13, 1929 and spent her first ten years in New York City where her father was a broker during the Depression. It was there that she acquired the nickname "Lucky" for catching fly balls in the third grade. She spent the next 12 years living with her mother and father, while her father was an officer in the U.S. Navy serving at various duty stations including Boston, Annapolis, Jacksonville, Guam Island, and Paris, France. During WWII, her father also participated in numerous major naval engagements in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of operation. In 1951 she graduated from Smith College where she majored in government. Lucretia spent 29 years working in two different career fields - international relations and medicine. During her early career, she worked at the Yale University School of Medicine, then at Radio Free Europe in Paris, followed by the Center for International Studies at MIT and the Alaskan Delegation to the U.S. Congress. She joined the CIA in 1956 during the height of the Cold War and served eight years in Washington as an officer focused on the Soviet Union. After taking time off to raise the family children, she joined the National Institutes of Health where she served for 19 years as a Grants Management Specialist. In 1998 she received the NIH Award of Merit for the development of new procedures in the logistical support of the peer review process at the National Cancer Institute. She was also honored that year for her outstanding service on the NIH Handicapped Employees Committee. For many years Lucretia served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. She was a member of the Sulgrave Club and The National Society of Colonial Dames, XVII Century. Lucretia is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Stephen Titus Hosmer, and by two daughters and a son, Alicia Watts Hosmer Gottenberg, Laura Hosmer Robinson and Stephen De Wolf Hosmer; six grandchildren, Matthew, Jessica, Diana and Lila Gottenberg, Henry and Katherine Robinson; as well as 10 nieces and nephews. In 2006 she was predeceased by her only sibling, Nicholas De Wolf of Aspen, Colorado. Services will be held at eleven o'clock on Thursday, June 5 at Christ Church Georgetown, 31st and O Streets, Washington, DC. A private burial will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Elkins Park, Philadelphia, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to TCL-The Treatment and Learning Centers to support children with autism. Donations can be made online at http://ttlc.org/support-tlc/ or mailed to TLC, 2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to TCL-The Treatment and Learning Centers to support children with autism. Donations can be made online at http://ttlc.org/support-tlc/ or mailed to TLC, 2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
Published in The Washington Post from June 1 to June 3, 2014