Thomas Maurice Duke was born in Washington, DC on November 13, 1925 — just four years before the start of the Great Depression. Much of his youth, he lived on Carolina Place in northwest DC, just above Chain Bridge. As a teenager, he attended Capitol Page School where he served on Capitol Hill.
At 18, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and trained in Fort Hood in Texas. In the Eighth Air Force, he was stationed in England, where he sat behind twin 50 caliber machine guns on a B-24 named Passion Wagon making bombing runs over Germany. He was discharged in 1946 and, like many, took advantage of the GI Bill to attend George Washington University.
In 1952, he began a 42-year career with Arlington County. He retired in 1994 after serving there as history teacher, guidance counselor, guidance director, and assistant principal of Williamsburg Middle School. He was loved by the students whose lives he so greatly impacted — in fact, until his death, he continued to correspond with one of his first students now in her seventies!
He married his sweetheart, Marcia Elizabeth Richardson, on August 15, 1949 at St. Albans Church on the grounds of the National Cathedral, where Marcia also attended school.
Marcia was born on January 22, 1929 in Jamestown, New York. She moved to DC in 1939 when her father was hired as an artist for the Defense Department. She attended National Cathedral School in Washington, The University of Arkansas, and George Washington University.
In 1953, Tom and Marcia purchased a home in Broad Run Farms, a quiet, country community in Sterling, Virginia where they raised their two sons. Broad Run Farms was one of the first subdivisions in Loudoun County.
Marcia enjoyed cooking, writing poetry and was involved in community theater in the 1960s. She loved dogs!
Tom never met a stranger! He loved to garden and share the bounty. He was especially fond of growing roses, peaches, strawberries, tomatoes, and squash. He loved his many pets and also loved to feed wild birds.
Marcia passed away on September 22, 2011. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Richardson and survived by her younger brother, James D. Richardson, Jr. of Dewittville, NY.
Tom passed away on May 5, 2021 from a combination of congestive heart failure and COPD at the Adler Center for Caring (Hospice) in Aldie, Virginia. He is predeceased by his wife, Marcia and his sister, Winnifred Duke Chaney.
Family was very important to Tom and Marcia. They are survived by sons: Thomas M. Duke, Jr., (Elaine), Timothy S. Duke (Linda), five grandchildren: Thomas Duke (Emily), Corey Duke, Robin Duke, Beth Fredericks (Mark), and Maggie Duke as well as two great grandchildren: Sawyer and Haven Duke.