- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Rosemary O’Leary, a professional bridge player and community volunteer, died Feb. 7 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District after a stroke brought on by complications from surgery. She was 80.

Born at Fort Bliss, Texas, the daughter of an Army cavalry officer, Mrs. O’Leary grew up as an Army brat. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1945, and in 1957 graduated with honors from L’ecole du Cordon Bleu in Paris.

While at Alabama, Mrs. O’Leary was introduced to the game of bridge, which became her lifelong passion and career. She was a Silver Life Master and played in international tournaments for many years and also was a regular duplicate bridge player in the area and frequent tournament winner.

Mrs. O’Leary lived in Alexandria for more than 30 years before moving to the District in 1999. She was married to Col. Joseph E. O’Leary, and as a military family, the couple were stationed all over the world — from Japan to France and from Kansas to Alaska, before returning to the District.

Mrs. O’Leary also enjoyed playing mahjongg and belonged to a book club with her friends. She served as a Girl Scout leader, PTA officer and Red Cross volunteer.

Mrs. O’Leary is survived by her husband of 60 years, Col. O’Leary of the District; a son, Joe O’Leary of San Antonio; two daughters, Terry of Anchorage, Alaska, and Kathleen O’Leary of the District; a sister, Anita Ray Olson of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Michael O’Leary of Alexandria.

Don Paarlberg, 94,presidential adviser

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Don Paarlberg, an agricultural policy adviser to three presidents and an architect of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Food for Peace initiative, died Feb. 14. He was 94.

As a special assistant to Mr. Eisenhower beginning in 1958, he took over direction of the fledgling Food for Peace program and ran it until 1961. The program provided U.S. food supplies to the hungry in postwar Europe and other nations. Since then, it has fed nearly 3 billion people in 150 countries, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Mr. Paarlberg also filled assignments for Presidents Nixon and Ford.

He began his federal service in 1953, when he became an economic adviser to Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson. He was appointed an assistant agriculture secretary in 1957.

He was the author of nine books on agriculture and economic policy.

Eli J. Segal, 63,former Clinton aide

BOSTON (AP) — Eli J. Segal, who headed President Clinton’s AmeriCorps national service program after serving as his 1992 campaign chief of staff, died Feb. 20 at his home from a rare form of cancer in the lining of the lung, his family announced. He was 63.

He was diagnosed in November.

Mr. Segal was chief of staff of Mr. Clinton’s 1992 campaign and later was an assistant to Mr. Clinton. He left in 1996 to head the Welfare to Work Partnership, a nonprofit created by the American business community to train and hire former welfare recipients.

While in the White House, Mr. Segal organized and headed Mr. Clinton’s AmeriCorps program, created in October 1993 and known officially as the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps lets college students earn tuition vouchers by performing community service. It uses federal money to attract state and private support.

Mr. Segal also helped led retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark’s 2004 failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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