JOHN KENT DIRLAM
Beloved brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away on November 14, 2012 at his home in Arlington, VA after a brief illness. He was 95.
Born in Corning, NY, son of John and Agnes Dirlam and the brother of Dolores and Arthur, he worked for many years for Western Electric and the Department of the Interior until his retirement at the age of 89. He was a civil engineer who graduated from Cornell University's School of Engineering in 1939. He was an Army officer in World War II
and served in North Africa and the Mideast from 1942 to 1945.
He married Marie Valck in 1945, and they had three sons: John, Jim, and Jeff. Marie passed away in 1962, and his subsequent remarriage to Patricia Letts brought him two step-children: Doug and Alison. He leaves his sister, four children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was known locally as the "Chocolate Man", for his seemingly endless supply of Hershey Special Dark chocolate bars, which he bestowed on all those he met during his daily rounds. He was an avid theater-goer and especially enjoyed the Folger Shakespeare, often seeing the same production several times. His favorite activities on the Mall were visiting the Smithsonian and riding the Carousel.
There will be a memorial gathering at 1800 North Oak Street in Arlington, VA on November 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contributions in Kent's name may be made to the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Smithsonian Institution, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Foundation, or the League of Women Voters.