Dame Joan Hammond,84, one of Britain's best-known divas...

Deaths Elsewhere

November 30, 1996

Dame Joan Hammond,84, one of Britain's best-known divas, died Tuesday in Bowral, Australia.

The opera singer was born in New Zealand, grew up in Australia and made her debut in London in 1938. In World War II, she pursued her operatic career and also sang at troop concerts.

She retired from the stage in 1965 after doctors found she had a heart ailment and returned to Australia to teach singing.

She was made a dame -- the female equivalent of a knight -- by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974 for her services to music.

Richard A. C. Greene,58, who promised to "make the world safe for hypocrisy" in a 1968 mock campaign for Washington state lands commissioner, died of heart failure on Nov. 22 in Seattle. Mr. Greene, who signed on as a joke, defeated three other candidates in the 1968 Republican primary, garnering 88,000 votes without campaigning. He conceded shortly thereafter to Democrat Bert Cole.

Robert J. McCloskey,74, a former ambassador and State Department spokesman, died Thursday of leukemia in Washington. He was a key briefing officer at the State Department when U.S. policy on Vietnam was not being made clear to many top government officials or the media. In June 1965, Mr. McCloskey decided to speak openly about what he knew, confirming that President Lyndon B. Johnson had authorized Gen. William Westmoreland to give any combat support requested by South Vietnamese forces.

Martha Frick Symington, 79, philanthropist

Martha Frick Symington, a philanthropist and Lutherville resident, died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was 79.

She was a patron of Art for Hospitals, an organization that places works of art in patients' rooms and elsewhere in hospitals, and was the primary contributor to the Maryland Historical Society's Jack and Arabella Symington Memorial Library, which was established to house the society's collection of sporting art.

She also was a contributor to the society's Isaac H. Dixon Chair for Education.

Her other philanthropic interests included the Garrison Forest School, the New York Botanical Garden, the English Speaking Union, the Kiplin Hall project at the University of Maryland, Union Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the National Arboretum and the United Way.

An avid gardener, Mrs. Symington held several positions with Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton and was on the founders' committee of the American Horticultural Society at George Washington's River Farm in Alexandria, Va.

Mrs. Symington, who also had a home in Phoenix, Ariz., was the granddaughter of Henry Clay Frick, who in 1901 founded U.S. Steel Co., now USX Corp.

Mr. Frick was a prominent art collector whose mansion at 1 E. 70th St. in New York City houses the Frick Collection.

Mrs. Symington was a trustee and a member of the Frick Collection's acquisitions committee.

The former Martha Howard Frick was born in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her maternal grandfather, Isaac H. Dixon, was the founder of Baltimore's Calvert School.

She was raised in Roslyn, N.Y. and was a graduate of the Foxcroft School. She made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon in 1935.

In 1939, she married J. Fife Symington Jr. of Glyndon, who was named U.S. ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago by President Nixon. The couple divorced in 1988.

Private graveside services will be held Dec. 9 in Pittsburgh. A memorial service will be held at 2: 30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Carmelite Monastery, 1318 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

She is survived by a son, Arizona Gov. J. Fife Symington III; three daughters, Martha Frick Symington Sanger of Stevenson, Helen Clay Chace of Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Arabella Symington Dane of Boston; a brother, Dr. Henry Clay Frick II of Alpine, N.J.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 11/30/96

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