- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Gladys Davis, owner of the Cappa Chell modeling and finishing school in the District, died April 26 at the Friends Fellowship Continuing Care Retirement Home in Richmond, Ind. She was 84.

Miss Davis was born June 25, 1922, in Barbourville, Ky. She moved to the District in 1942 after the start of World War II to work in military intelligence as a secretary.

While in the District, she won a contest sponsored by a shampoo company and did promotional modeling and radio ads.

She graduated from the Pearl Atkinson School of Modeling, and later spent several years as a professional high-fashion and print model.

Her main interest was in modeling and etiquette instruction. Upon completing a training course, she purchased the Atkinson School in 1950 and changed the name to Cappa Chell. The school operated out of a town house at 1739 Connecticut Ave. NW. She later opened a branch in Tysons Corner.

Her students participated in unique events while attending Cappa Chell, such as a fashion show at home plate and passing out pantyhose at a Washington Senators baseball game during the seventh-inning stretch.

Cappa Chell trained more than 500 students as part of a War on Poverty program in 1964. Her school graduated thousands of Washington-area girls and women who entered various careers.

Miss Davis’ students included Fawn Hall, Oliver North’s former secretary; Donna Dixon, who starred in the 1980s TV series “Bosom Buddies”; and Hazel “Rasheeda” Moore, who brought down former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry in a drug sting.

Miss Davis was a loyal contributor to Democratic candidates and attended many fundraisers hosted by Pamela Harriman for then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton and later for his re-election.

Miss Davis was a member of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church and the Ad Club of Washington. She was also a former president of the Capital Speakers Club and charter member of the Modeling Association of America.

Cappa Chell won several “School of the Year” awards at modeling conventions in New York.

Miss Davis loved horses and never missed the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. In her office at Cappa Chell, she had an autographed picture of jockey Ron Turcotte riding Secretariat to victory in the 99th Kentucky Derby.

Survivors include a brother, B.P. “Red” Davis of Richmond, Ind. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Otto Davis and Leslie Davis; and a sister, Roxie Grace England.

Ann Cline, 87, newspaperwoman

Ann Cline, a longtime journalist at The Washington Star and one of the first women to work in its newsroom, died of congestive heart disease May 10 at the Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville. She was 87.

Born in the District and raised in Falls Church, Ms. Cline was the youngest of eight children. Her father, Sheldon Scott Cline, was managing editor of The Evening Star when he died in 1928, when Ms. Cline was 8.

Ms. Cline graduated from the now-closed Jefferson High School in Falls Church and from Strayer Business College. She did secretarial work for a few years and took night classes at George Washington University and Dumbarton College.

After taking a journalism class in 1943, Ms. Cline applied to The Evening Star, which had begun hiring women to be copy boys because of a shortage of male reporters during World War II. She did so without telling her elder brother, Jack Cline, the paper’s chief editorial writer, for fear that he might disapprove.

Within five months Ms. Cline was made head “copy girl.” As the wartime draft claimed much of the sports staff, she was assigned to the sports department as a cub reporter, where one of her challenges was covering an ice hockey game without ever having seen the sport played.

After the Star’s sports reporters returned from the war, Ms. Cline joined the mostly female staff of the Society section, which later was transformed into the Women’s section, then Portfolio and Washington Life.

Over a career of nearly four decades, Ms. Cline covered social and diplomatic events, edited copy and eventually became deputy editor of the section.

She retired when The Star closed in 1981.

In 2006, Ms. Cline became an honorary member of the National Press Club, of which her father had been a founding member in 1908.

Ms. Cline was a longtime resident of Bethesda. Her hobbies included watercolor painting, gardening and volunteering at Suburban Hospital. In the 1970s, she studied yoga with Savitri Ahuja, whose classes introduced yoga to many congressional and Cabinet wives, diplomats, journalists and socialites.

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