Diane D. Wayman (1944 - 2013)

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Diane D. Wayman

BERLIN, MD-Diane D. Wayman, 69, of Berlin, MD, died November 27, 2013, at the Vermont Respite House, 5 weeks after discovering she had brain cancer.

Diane Dickerson was born Oct. 13, 1944, in Reno NV, to Lois and Denver Dickerson, a pioneering and prominent family of journalists and public servants. Her grandfather, Denver S. Dickerson, was Governor of NV (1908-11) and a prison reformer appointed Superintendent of Federal Prisons (1920-21) by Pres. Woodrow Wilson. Her father, Denver Dickerson, owned the Carson City Chronicle, was the youngest Speaker of the Nevada Assembly, and was appointed Superintendent of Guam (1963-69) by Pres. John F. Kennedy.

As a child of Foreign Service Officers, Diane spent ages 7-9 in Burma, where she learned to play golf, and ages 10-15 in Hong Kong; she returned to Falls Church, VA to finish high school. She received a BS in Chemistry from Roanoke College, Salem VA, in 1966. After brief employment at NIH, Diane began her career as a professional photographer, spanning more than 30 years photographing children, families, weddings, and cultural and political events in Washington, DC. In 1970, she married Stanley E. Wayman, a prominent LIFE magazine photojournalist, and became mother to his two children before giving birth to their daughter. Stan Wayman died in 1973.

Diane became a volunteer with the Widowed Persons Program at IONA House in NW Washington and later served on the Board of Directors, becoming President of the IONA Board in the 1980s. Continuing her progressive family's legacy, she was active in Democratic Party politics in DC at the precinct and wards levels and served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. She was also active in feminist, social justice, and peace organizations. In the 1990s, Diane was appointed a DC Commissioner on Aging and was President of the Board of Edes Home for Elderly Women in Georgetown DC.

Diane's passion for golf remained with her from her early days in Burma and Hong Kong, and she became a mentor and informal coach to many less skilled and inexperienced golfers. She was a member of the Rock Creek Golf Club in DC for many years and won numerous tournaments and club championships. After retiring, she moved with her partner to the Eastern Shore of MD, where she was a member of the Ocean City Golf Club and River Run Golf Club. Diane also played golf with EWGA and WPGA friends. She won her last tournament on Aug. 30, 2013 in a match play competition of the River Run Women's Golf Assoc.

Diane was known for her sense of humor, her pithy writing resulting in multiple letters-to-the-editor being published, and her immense generosity. She was a vital and vibrant presence in so many different communities. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Diane is predeceased by her older sister, Delcey Dickerson; husband Stan Wayman; father and stepmother Denver and Maxine Dickerson; mother and stepfather Lois and Paul Modic; beloved cousin Jack Mackey; and beloved maternal stepgrandfather Thompson Irving (Popeye) Nixon.

She is survived by her partner of 21 years and spouse of 3 weeks, Katherine L. (Kate) McQueen; son Seth A. Wayman of Pittsburgh; daughters Sarah Wayman Johnson (Chris) of Ft. Myers FL and Katherine A. Wayman (Michael) of Williston VT; granddaughter Taylor A. Johnson of Ft Myers FL; grandsons Jonah Michael Boccanfuso Wayman and Sebastian Stanley Wayman of Williston VT; half brother Jeffrey A. Dickerson of Reno NV; a niece, a nephew, numerous cousins, and many, many friends.

There will be a memorial service on the Eastern Shore in the Spring.

Donations in Diane's memory may be made to Diakonia, 12747 Old Bridge Rd, Ocean City MD 21842 or VT Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Ln, Williston VT 05495.

Published in The Daily Times from Dec. 4 to Dec. 15, 2013
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