Originally created 08/20/04

Ms. Nancy Dimond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



AUGUSTA, Ga. - Nancy Dimond, 78, a longtime resident of Washington, D.C., who worked as an editor and public affairs officer, died August 17, 2004, in Augusta, Ga., in the care of her niece, Debbi Dimond Jones and family. She had lived in Washington's Foggy Bottom district for more than 50 fifty years. Ms. Dimond was a native of Gloucester, Mass. and a 1947 graduate of Tufts University before coming to Washington in the 1950s, to practice her interests in writing and journalism. At Tufts, she was a member of Chi Omega, the Canterbury Club and an assistant editor of both the yearbook and the campus magazine. She began her career with the Department of the Navy at the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts in the historic old Navy Department building once located in downtown Washington. The bureau later became the Naval Supply Systems Command and moved to Crystal City, in Arlington, where Ms. Dimond continued to work until she retired in 1994 w ith more than 40 years of service. While with the Supply Systems Command, Ms. Dimond created and edited the magazine that still serves the U.S. Navy Supply Corps; in all, she supervised the publication of 430 issues, helping to document the logistics and business operations of a Corps whose history stretches back 200 years to the days of pursers on Navy ships. She later became the Command's Director of Public Affairs. "For decades she helped mold the image and esprit of the Supply Corps," according to her friend, Dan McKinnon, Chief of the Navy Supply Corps during a portion of Ms. Dimond's tenure there. For distinguished service with the Navy Department, she was awarded the Superior Civilian Service Medal and was made an honorary officer of the Supply Corps. Until her illness progressed, Ms. Dimond maintained lunch and dinner reunions with close friends from her long association with the Corps. Ms. Dimond's interests included cooking, the theater, gallery showings, crossword puzzles, traveling, and antiques, particularly pyrographic objects; for many years she owned a home in Albufeira, Portugal, where she spent time each summer. Visits to the Augusta area ended in 1997, with the death of her brother, Francis C. Dimond, Jr., a long time resident, but Ms. Dimond continued to welcome family and out-of-state friends to D.C., exposing them to cultural, historical, and geographical sites beyond the usual tourist locations. In her youth she was an accomplished swimmer and participated in water-ballet performances at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City during several seasons in the 1940s. Although she visited her birthplace infrequently, she remembered its sites and landscapes in original paintings. She is survived by two nieces, Debbi Jones of Augusta and Donna Mastroianni of Austin, Texas; a nephew, Chris Dimond, of Kansas City, Mo. and seven grandnieces and nephews. Memorials may be sent to the Navy Supply Corps Foundation, 1425 Prince Avenue, Athens, Ga. 30606. Thomas Po teet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, Ga. 30907 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle August 20, 2004