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FEATHER JOHN ROBERT FEATHER (Age 81) A retired Fairfax County high school teacher, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2012. Born in Altoona PA on April 22, 1931, he graduated Altoona High School in 1949. In 1953, he graduated Shippensburg State Teachers College PA and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy (1949 to 1953). He married Valinda Butler on November 26, 1953, in Burlington NC, and joined the U.S. Army in 1954. He was stationed at Fort McClellan (Anniston, Alabama) with the chemical corps, transferring to Army Reserves through 1962. Mr. Feather was a high school physics and mathematics teacher in Fairfax County for over 30 years at Fairfax High School; Francis Hammond High School in Alexandria, VA; Falls Church High School; WT Woodson High School and Chantilly High School. He attended the University of Virginia on scholarship receiving a Masters in Science Education in 1963. A resident of Fairfax City, VA since 1963, he was active in the creation of the Fairfax Police Youth Club (early 60's), was the Fairfax City Republican Party chairman (early 1970's). After retiring, he became an avid stamp collector and developed an intense interest in spiritualism. The family is planning a commemorative service to be held next year. Survivors include his former wife, Valinda Butler; his four children, John of Arlington, VA, Valinda of Fairfax City, VA, Russell (Melanie) of Clinton, MD and Mel of Germantown, MD; and three grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew and Robert. He is also survived by this sister, Peggy Bagaason of Fort Myers FL; his twin brother, James (Bertha) Feather of Nazareth PA and his younger brother, Frank (Doris) Feather of Hanover, PA. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Feather requested donations be sent to the Altoona High School Alumni Assn, c/o 1415 Sixth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602.In lieu of flowers, Mr. Feather requested donations be sent to the Altoona High School Alumni Assn, c/o 1415 Sixth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602.
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 23, 2012