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Louisa Carter Cunningham, age 96, died of pneumonia at home in Washington, DC, Friday, February 8, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Julian S. Carter and Alice R. McKeon, and a direct descendent of physician, writer, and educator, Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Her mother was a poet and, as a nationally known conservationist active in preservation of roadside beauty, she coined the word "litterbug" in a widely circulated booklet on conservation. A sister, Alice C. Middendorf, a brother, Charles H. Carter, and her twin, Isabel C. Patterson, predeceased her. Born and raised in Baltimore, Lou was a fashion model and realtor and her hobbies included horseback riding and interior decorating. She was married to Thomas F. Johnson, Dr. John H. "Tank" Long, and Robert N. Cunningham, all of whom predeceased her. She is survived by three children from her first marriage, Louisa C. "Terry" Watson of Washington, Thomas F. Johnson, Jr. of Berlin, MD, and Bettina R. Daalderop of Bolton, Ontario, Canada, two stepsons, David P. Long of Lutherville, MD and Englewood, FL, and Robert N. Cunningham, Jr. of Tucson, AZ, six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two nieces, A. Carter Middendorf of Baltimore, Shirley C. Patterson of Washington, and a nephew, Robert R. Patterson of Richmond, VA. Burial took place in the cemetery of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Owings Mills, MD, February 16. Memorial contributions may be made to the Endowment Fund of the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital (for the benefit of patient care), Billings Administration Bld., Room 221, 600 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287-0221 or to George Washington University, GW MFA Medical House Call Program, School of Medicine & Health Services, 2030 M Street, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20036.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 24, 2013