March 14 2018: OSTERNDORF, Mary


Mary Vernon Morgan Osterndorf, 95, passed away of natural causes Feb. 20 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital in Bethesda, MD. She was a long time Washingtonian.

Born in Belspring, VA, Mary graduated from Radford College in 1945. While in college, she taught high school science, biology, and chemistry, and worked as a Virginia Home Demonstration agent in Floyd and Montgomery Counties. She was later employed at a large milling company where she worked in the test kitchen and promoted their products on radio.

One of the first 100 women to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Mary received her MS in Foods and Nutrition in 1948 and became a registered dietitian nutritionist shortly after. She then served as university professor at Virginia Tech, and taught foods and nutrition. In 1955, she married Logan C. Osterndorf. After moving to the D.C. area in 1959, she taught at George Washington University, and later worked as a dietitian for an area nursing home.

Mary was a member of P.E.O., Chapter H, D.C., and served on the D.C. State Executive Board, 1975 – 1982. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, and the West Hillandale Woman’s Club.

Mary was a charming elegant woman who personified the graciousness of Old Virginia. She will be sorely missed by her two surviving children, Dana S. Osterndorf of Silver Spring, and Dale M. Osterndorf of Roanoke, VA. She is preceded in death by her husband.

Mary will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on (Change of Date April 26 at 3:00pm), with a memorial service scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morgan’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Radford, VA (P.O. Box 118, New River, VA 24129;, or P.E.O., Program for Continuing Education (PCE) (

Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
500 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Phone: 301.593.9500