Elaine Bernard Thorp
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Elaine Bernard Thorp
  • July 5, 1940 - May 17, 2017
  • Alexandria, Virginia

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Elaine Thorp, 76
Alexandria - Elaine Bernard Thorp, a long-time resident of Alexandria, died peacefully on Wednesday the 17th of May at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, after a brief struggle with cancer. Elaine was born on July 5th, 1940, in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of August Bernard and Mary Rizza.

Elaine received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961. She continued her education at the University of New Mexico, from which she received a BA in Fine Arts in 1982.

Elaine worked as a mathematician at the US Naval Observatory in the early 1960's, and worked for various US Government agencies throughout the mid-1960's to late 1970's. After retiring from the government, she shifted her focus to her art work and painting until her passing. Elaine enjoyed volunteering for the Alexandria Art League and Del Rey Artisans, and was an active member of the Rehoboth Art League. Her art work can be viewed online at www.elainethorp.com

Elaine is survived by her husband, Keith Dee Thorp; her son Christopher Thorp of Austin, TX; two grandchildren Russell Thorp and William Thorp; her sister, Marilyn Bernard Burke of Pittsburgh, PA: and a number of other relatives and friends.

A memorial will be celebrated at Demaine Funeral Home on Saturday, May 27th from 11:00am - 1:00pm, that will include a service starting at 12:00pm. Demaine Funeral Home is located at 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-549-0074



Arrangements under the direction of Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA.