- The Washington Times - Monday, August 9, 2004

Martha S. Sachs, 90, retired Army officer

Martha Schuchart Sachs, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and longtime community volunteer in the D.C. area, died at her Arlington home on July 31 of renal failure. She was 90.

Born on a farm outside Union, Mo., she was raised on a dairy farm near Morehouse, Mo. She graduated in 1932 from Morehouse High School as class valedictorian.

Mrs. Sachs graduated from Cape Girardeau Teacher’s College in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She taught for 10 years in various Missouri schools before volunteering for the Army at the outset of World War II.

While stationed in Japan after the war, she volunteered to teach English to Japanese civilians. After retiring from the Army Security Agency in 1967, Mrs. Sachs began volunteer work in the Arlington County Courthouse.

She later spent 16 years as a volunteer with the Friends of the Arlington County Library, where she managed the intake of donated books and fund-raising sales.

Additional volunteer service included the pregnant panda watch at the National Zoo, which involved spending nights at the zoo waiting for Ling-Ling, one of the zoo’s pandas, to give birth.

She was affiliated with numerous organizations, including active membership in Zonta Clubs International and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. She served as secretary of the Arlington Historical Society and a term as president of the Inter-Service Club of Arlington.

She traveled the world extensively throughout her adult life. She was a parishioner at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Arlington.

Her husband of 34 years, retired Army Reserves Col. Abner Sachs, died in 2000.

She is survived by two sisters, Alice Schuchart Howard of Los Angeles, and Stella Schuchart Foster of Arlington.

Funeral services will be held Sept. 16 at the Fort Myer Chapel at 12:45 p.m. She will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.


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