Ruth Buchanan’s Birthday

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Ruth and LaSalle Leffall Jr.

Ruth and LaSalle Leffall Jr.

Location: Private Club
WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Kyle Samperton

THE EVENT: Celebrating Ruth Buchanan’s 90th birthday — at a location which cannot be revealed due to “club rules.” THE SCENE: Old Guard Washington turned out to honor one of the capital’s last grande dame society hostesses with cocktails, dinner (served on a very special porcelain service flown in from San Francisco by the birthday girl’s daughter, Diana “Dede” Wilsey) and lots of dancing, which just happens to the sprightly nonagenarian’s greatest joy — especially when there’s a stag line of “about 12 guys.” THE GUESTS: Son Wiley T. Buchanan III and his wife Janis, daughter Bonnie Matheson and a ballroom full of various grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other Buchanan, Traina, Swanson, Ohrstrom, Matheson, Wheeler and Hilliard relations. Also spotted: Lucky Roosevelt, Mary Weinmann, Eileen Roosevelt Aitken, Elinor Farquhar, John Damgard, Jan and Tazewell Shephard, Mary Ann Stoessel, Jan Evans, Robert and Sylvia Blake, Betty Burton and Rusty Powell.

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