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Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia obituaries, appreciations and death notices.


Frank Neuhauser, winner of first national spelling bee, dies at 97

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 04:02:02 EDT

Frank Neuhauser was a patent lawyer who made news headlines more than 85 years ago when he won the first-ever national spelling bee in 1925.

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Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who negotiated settlement to Iran hostage crisis, dies at 85

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 18:05:03 EDT

Warren M. Christopher led the State Department during President Bill Clinton's first term.

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Cleo Johnson, founder of nation's first black-owned modeling school, dies at 88

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 18:00:02 EDT

Cleo Johnson started the country's first black-owned modeling school in the 1950s.

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A Local Life: John Hoke, 85, never ran out of inventive ideas

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:20:02 EDT

John Hoke invented an air-conditioned pith helmet powered by solar energy.

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Carol Anne Patt, cataloguer

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:03:01 EDT

Carol Anne Patt, 50, a cataloguer with the Library of Congress and Drug Enforcement Administration, died Feb. 17 at her home in Silver Spring. She had a heart attack.

Nancy B. Landon, book buyer

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:55:01 EDT

Nancy B. Landon, 74, who was the children's book buyer for two stores in suburban Maryland and who owned a bookstore in Massachusetts, died March 9 of ovarian cancer at her home in Potomac.

Hugh Martin, composer of 'Trolley Song' and holiday classic, dies at 96

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 02:52:02 EDT

Hugh Martin composed "The Trolley Song," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

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Deaths of note: shortstop Marty Marion, actor Michael Gough

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:23:01 EDT

Marty Marion, 93, a shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals, died March 15 in St. Louis. Michael Gough, 94, known for his role in the "Batman" movies, died March 17 in England.

Mada M. McGill, Peace Corps official

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:21:01 EDT

Mada M. McGill, the retired chief of operations for volunteer recruitment and selection at the Peace Corps, died of pancreatic cancer March 2 at Capital Hospice in Arlington County. She was 57.

Suzanne J. Beicken, musicologist and concert manager

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:20:02 EDT

Suzanne J. Beicken, 66, a musicologist who was a lecturer, music administrator and concert manager at the University of Maryland's School of Music, and who helped found the Maryland Boy Choir, died Feb. 13 at Hillhaven Nursing Center in Adelphi. She had colon cancer.

Frank McGowan, librarian

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:20:01 EDT

Frank McGowan, who retired in 1982 as director of acquisitions and overseas operations for the Library of Congress, died March 8 of respiratory failure at Brighton Gardens nursing home in Bethesda. He was 79.

William H. 'Hook' Hall, ophthalmologist

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:16:01 EDT

William H. "Hook" Hall, 67, a retired Washington ophthalmologist, died of pancreatic cancer Feb. 3 at the Washington Hospital Center.

Brian Lanker, Pulitzer-winning photographer, dies at 63

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:15:04 EDT

Brian Lanker, who won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1973, died Sunday in Eugene, Ore. The "Moment of Life" photographer was 63.

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Adam I. Gootan, business owner

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:13:01 EDT

Adam I. Gootan, 86, who owned Gootan Construction, which he operated out of his home in Olney, died Feb. 21 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Robert S. Mason, public affairs executive

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:12:02 EDT

Robert S. Mason, 90, a public affairs executive who came to Washington in 1980 to work in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, died Feb. 28 of congestive heart failure at his home in Washington.

Ferlin Husky, versatile country music star with a comic flair, dies at 85

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:39:03 EDT

Ferlin Husky rode 'Wings of a Dove' and 'Gone' to fame as a country singer. He was among the first country musicians to get a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

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Mitchell Page, hitting coach for Nationals and Cardinals, dies at 59

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:37:03 EDT

Mitchell Page was a coach for the Washington Nationals who battled alcoholism.

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Nathaniel D. Hale, soulful singer of gangsta rap known as Nate Dogg, dies at 41

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:33:02 EDT

Nate Dogg was best known for his work with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent.

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Glenna A. Culbertson, housing supervisor

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:08:01 EDT

Glenna A. Culbertson, 86, a supervisor for the Department of the Army's housing management division, died Feb. 15 at Fairfax Nursing Center in Fairfax City. She had dementia.

William H. Goldwater, NIH research director

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:07:01 EDT

William H. Goldwater, 89, a retired research director at the National Institutes of Health, died Feb. 23 at his home in Bethesda. He had chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Sam Chwat, dialect coach to the stars, dies at 57

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:06:03 EDT

Sam Chwat taught Hollywood stars how to lose - or gain - an accent.

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Francis L. 'Frank' Mann, Army employee

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:04:01 EDT

Francis L. "Frank" Mann, 94, who retired from the Department of the Army as a budget officer for the Army Reserve in 1973, died Feb. 26 at Asbury Methodist Village, a retirement community in Gaithersburg. He had myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disease.

Mary P. Norcia, artist, volunteer

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:04:01 EDT

Mary P. Norcia, 90, an artist who volunteered at Andrews Air Force Base, died Feb. 28 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. She had lung cancer.

Susan C. Ferguson, coalition leader

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:03:01 EDT

Susan C. Ferguson, 67, who chaired a national organization emphasizing parental involvement in education and who helped establish a foundation for families of children with a genetic disorder, died Feb. 6 at her home in Falls Church.

Charles J. Goguen Jr.

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:00:01 EDT

Charles J. Goguen Jr., 87, a retired lawyer who worked for 30 years at the Government Accountability Office, died of pneumonia Feb. 22 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Toshio G. Tsukahira, Foreign Service officer

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:59:02 EDT

Toshio G. Tsukahira, 95, a retired Foreign Service officer who taught modern Japanese history and politics at schools in the Washington region, died March 5 at a nursing home in Los Angeles of acute cardiorespiratory arrest.

Of Note

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:31:01 EDT

James C. Tyree, Richard B. Wirthlin, Murray Warmath

'Bear' Stanley, who made the LSD on which Haight-Ashbury tripped, dies at 76

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:59:02 EDT

Owsley "Bear" Stanley, a meticulous self-taught chemist, made at least 1 million doses of LSD.

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Daniel R. Bannister former president of DynCorp, dies at 80

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 23:29:03 EDT

Daniel R. Bannister was president and chief executive of DynCorp from 1985 to 1997.

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Arthur M. West, District doctor, dies at 87

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 21:49:03 EDT

He was among first black doctors to be an attending physician at Washington Hospital Center.

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Chuck LoMedico, real estate agent, musician

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:33:00 EDT

Chuck LoMedico, 94, a real estate agent with Long and Foster who was also a musician in local groups, died March 12 of congestive heart failure at Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Alexandria.

Dorothy L. Vaill, speech pathologist

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:32:01 EDT

Dorothy L. Vaill, 93, the director of speech and hearing services for the D.C. public school system from the early 1950s until she retired in the early 1970s, died March 3 at Arden Courts, an assisted-living facility in Annandale. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Edwin J. Withers, Army colonel

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:32:01 EDT

Edwin J. Withers, 99, a retired Army colonel who later became the director of educational services for the National Society of Professional Engineers, died March 6 of congestive heart failure at the Asbury Methodist Village retirement community in Gaithersburg.

J. Alice Farren, nurse

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:27:01 EDT

J. Alice Farren, 93, a longtime nurse for the Prince George's County health department, died March 6 at the Riderwood Village retirement community's Renaissance Gardens in Silver Spring.

Raymond E.Thomas, GWU professor

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:26:01 EDT

Raymond E. Thomas, 85, a retired statistics professor at George Washington University, died Feb. 12 at the National Lutheran Home in Rockville.

Robert E. Kemelhor dies: Engineer was 91

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:26:00 EDT

Robert E. Kemelhor was a chief engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Herbert D. Weintraub, anesthesiologist

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:25:03 EDT

Herbert D. Weintraub, 81, a professor at George Washington University's medical school who retired in 1997 as interim chairman of the anesthesiology department at GWU Hospital, died Feb. 24 of cardiac arrest at his home in Chevy Chase.

Jocelyn Bridge, church member

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:25:03 EDT

Jocelyn Bridge, a past member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington, died Feb. 27 at a nursing home in Pinehurst, N.C.

Morley E. Fox, lobbyist

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:23:01 EDT

Morley E. Fox was a Washington lobbyist for the Central Arizona Project, a public works project.

Acclaimed biographer Hazel Rowley dies at 59

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:13:02 EDT

Hazel Rowley's subjects included Richard Wright, Jean-Paul Sartre and the Roosevelts.

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Joe Morello, drummer with Brubeck quartet, brought new rhythms to jazz, dies at 82

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:18:02 EDT

Joe Morello supplied rhythm and innovation for the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

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Jean Dinning, singer who wrote 'Teen Angel,' dies at 86

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:16:02 EDT

Jean Dinning was the author of the definitive high-school tragedy song.

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Jean Dinning, singer who wrote 'Teen Angel,' dies at 86

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:07:04 EDT

Jean Dinning was the author of the definitive high-school tragedy song.

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Joel A. Spivak, radio personality and anti-smoking spokesman, dies at 75

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:07:03 EDT

Joel A. Spivak was a D.C. radio host who later became an anti-tobacco spokesman.

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Emmett J. Rice, Federal Reserve governor and father of U.N. ambassador, dies at 91

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:27:04 EDT

Emmett J. Rice was a World Bank official and member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

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Martin Marootian, plaintiff in suit over Armenian genocide, dies at 95

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:21:03 EDT

Martin Marootian, a retired pharmacist who stood up for Armenian genocide victims in a lawsuit that resulted in a $20 million settlement from New York Life Insurance Co., died Feb. 25 in San Diego.

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Brian Safer, NIH scientist

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:12:00 EDT

Brian Safer, 68, a National Institutes of Health biochemist, died Feb. 6 at Hillhaven assisted living facility in Adelphi. He had Parkinson's disease.

Zane S. Mason, home builder

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:11:01 EDT

Zane S. Mason, 83, an Arlington County home builder and developer for more than 30 years, died Feb. 27 of pancreatic cancer at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

Charlie Powell, pharmacist

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 20:50:00 EST

Charlie Powell, 79, a pharmacist for 40 years who operated Powell Pharmacy in Columbia, died Feb. 21 of pancreatic cancer at the Vantage House retirement community in Columbia.

A Local Life: Al Ungerleider, 89; old soldier recalled nightmare mission

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:12:02 EST

"I've had many nightmares over the years," Gen. Al Ungerleider once said, "about what happened at Nordhausen."

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Betty Terry, Prince George's County teacher

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:05:00 EST

Betty Terry, 81, a retired elementary school teacher in Prince George's County, died Feb. 21 at her home in Beltsville. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Angela Ball; secretary, writer, editor

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:06:00 EST

Angela Ball, a secretary at the University of Maryland for almost 20 years before her retirement in 1983, died Feb. 23 at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park of pneumonia and other complications after a hip fracture. She was 92 and a resident of University Park.

Donald E. deKieffer, lawyer

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:05:01 EST

Donald E. deKieffer, 65, a founding partner of deKieffer & Horgan, an international trade law firm in Washington where he had worked since 1993, died Feb. 18 at a hospital in Boulder, Colo. He had had a heart attack.

Edwin R. 'Tony' Anthony III, trade group executive

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:05:01 EST

Edwin R. "Tony" Anthony III, 63, who had been a vice president of the Edison Electric Institute, a trade association for investor-owned power companies, died March 5 at his home in Ellicott City after a heart attack.

David M. Millar, architect, painter

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:04:00 EST

David M. Millar, an architect who designed buildings for the Marriott Corp. in the 1970s and 1980s and then spent about a decade as a driver for the Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Co., died March 1 at his home in Washington. He was 57.

Lois F. Loveless, bookkeeper, secretary

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:04:00 EST

Loveless died Feb. 12 of brain cancer at Capital Hospice in Arlington. She was 78.

Kathleen Brown, ballet teacher

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:03:02 EST

Kathleen Brown, 91, a ballet teacher who taught in Northern Virginia from 1948 until she retired in the early 2000s, died Feb. 21 at Hidden Springs, a senior-living residence in Bentonville, Va. She had Parkinson's disease.

Obituaries of note: Ulysses S. Grant V, Mike Starr, Mike DeStefano

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:53:01 EST

Ulysses S. Grant V, 90, the last surviving great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, the nation's 18th president and commander of the Union forces in the Civil War, died March 2 at his home near the town of Battlefield, Mo., after a stroke.

Lisa Pumphrey Turner, artist, philanthropist

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:47:01 EST

Lisa Pumphrey Turner, 73, a Washington artist who sat on the boards of several cultural and philanthropic organizations, died Feb. 26 at her home in Bonita Springs, Fla. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Virginia M. Talley, lawyer

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:42:01 EST

Virginia M. Talley, 92, a lawyer who was a consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations from 1959 to 1974, died of pneumonia Feb. 18 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

David A. Seyle, urban planner, budget analyst

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:42:01 EST

David A. Seyler, 75, an urban planner with the U.S. Geological Survey who retired in 1997 as the chief of plans and programs, died Feb. 9 at his home in Reston of respiratory failure.

David Pearl, NIMH scientist

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:41:01 EST

David Pearl, a scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health who in 1982 issued a government report about the links between violence on television and aggressive behavior in children, died Feb. 23 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson after a heart attack. He was 90 and had been a resident of...

Simon van der Meer, Nobel laureate in physics, dies at 85

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:40:06 EST

Nobel laureate Simon van der Meer, a Dutch-born engineer and scientist whose precise, ingenious technique for controlling beams of subatomic particles was vital to the success of one of the landmark experiments of modern science, died of undisclosed causes March 4 in Geneva. He was 85.

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Ben Bonk dies at 56; CIA official helped stem Libya's weapons development

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:13:01 EST

Ben Bonk, 56, who as deputy director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center played a role in getting Libya to stop its development of weapons of mass destruction, died Feb. 26 of skin cancer at his home in McLean.

George Goon, bartender

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:58:00 EST

George Goon, 87, a bartender at the Manor Country Club in Rockville from 1979 until he retired in 2008, died Jan. 31 at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross, a rehabilitation facility in Burtonsville. He had renal cancer.

John A. Armstrong, news producer

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:58:00 EST

John A. Armstrong, 72, deputy bureau chief of the Washington Bureau of ABC News from 1982 to 1991, died Feb. 25 at Montgomery Hospice's Casey House in Rockville of complications after a series of strokes. He had lived in Bethesda since 1969.

Richard G. Shapiro, business executive

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:57:00 EST

Richard G. Shapiro, 86, a top executive with retailers such as Lord and Taylor, Filene's and Gimbel Brothers who served as president of an energy company from 1983 to 1995, died Feb. 10 at Collingswood, a nursing home in Rockville. He had dementia.

Sarah M. Goodrich, volunteer

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:57:00 EST

Sarah M. Goodrich, 65, a retired reference librarian who volunteered in local schools, died of ovarian cancer Feb. 25 at her home in Falls Church.

Albert G. Paulsen, periodontist, gardener

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:57:00 EST

Albert G. Paulsen, 91, a periodontist and retired Navy Reserve rear admiral who ran a dental practice in Falls Church from 1954 until he retired in 2000, died Feb. 10 at his home in Falls Church. He had prostate cancer.

Charles H. McCarthy Jr., Washington Post manager

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:38:00 EST

Charles H. McCarthy Jr., 90, who retired from The Washington Post in 1982 as a circulation manager, died March 9 at his home in Frederick. He had lung cancer.

Joseph Himes, NRC employee

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:32:01 EST

Joseph Himes, who helped develop emergency response plans during his three-decade career at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, died Feb. 10 at his home in Rockville of complications from heart disease. He was 76.

Webster Capps, materials engineer

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:31:01 EST

Webster Capps, 91, a native Washingtonian who worked for many years as an engineer with the National Bureau of Standards, died Feb. 16 at his home in Silver Spring. He had Alzheimer's disease.

David Broder, 81, dies; set 'gold standard' for political journalism

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:39:00 EST

David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday at Capital Hospice in Arlington of complications from diabetes.

Obituary: Kim Hill, 44, whose fight with leukemia led to first Ronald McDonald House

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 18:01:02 EST

Kim Hill, whose childhood battle with leukemia was the catalyst for the creation of the first Ronald McDonald House, died March 5 at a hospital in Orange, Calif. She was 44.

JoGayle Howard, a National Zoo scientist who helped breed giant pandas, dies at 59

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:24:03 EST

JoGayle Howard, a National Zoo scientist known as the "Sperm Queen" for her skill and ingenuity in helping clouded leopards, giant pandas and other endangered species with the delicate task of breeding in captivity, died March 5 in Washington at age 59.

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Alberto Granado, Che Guevara's motorcycle companion, dies at 88

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 23:00:05 EST

Alberto Granado, whose 1952 journey across South America with Ernesto "Che" Guevara, which was recounted a half-century later in the film "The Motorcycle Diaries," began as a youthful adventure but turned into a political awakening that helped make Guevara a leftist radical and an icon of revolution

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Sheila E. Bunker, secretary

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:21:01 EST

Sheila E. Bunker, 73, a life coach who worked with business owners in the Washington region from the late 1990s until 2004, died Feb. 16 at Montgomery Hospice's Casey House in Rockville. She had lung cancer.

Thomas J. 'Jeb' Wingfield, general contractor

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:20:01 EST

Thomas J. "Jeb" Wingfield, who worked more than four decades as a general contractor in the Washington area, died Jan. 25 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore after a stroke. He was 61.

Loretto D. Desjardins, cleaning company owner

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:20:01 EST

Loretto D. Desjardins, 72, who co-founded and operated two Lorton-based cleaning businesses, Clean Inc. and Trash Away Inc., died Feb. 7 at a hospital in Hackensack, N.J. She had an aneurysm.

C. Langhorne Washburn, Commerce Department official

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:20:01 EST

C. Langhorne Washburn, 92, who served as an assistant secretary of commerce in the Nixon and Ford administrations before joining the Walt Disney Co. as an executive, died March 4 at his home in Middleburg, Va., of complications from a fall.

Stanley L. Temko, Covington and Burling law firm partner, dies at 91

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:19:01 EST

Stanley L. Temko, 91, a retired partner with the Washington-based Covington and Burling law firm who specialized in antitrust and food and drug law, died March 7 at his home in Washington. He had congestive heart failure.

Monroe M. 'Monty' Vincent, early leader in cell-production industry, dies at 98

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:57:01 EST

Monroe M. "Monty" Vincent, who with his brother-in-law Samuel Reader helped turn Bethesda's Microbiological Associates into one of the first mass-manufacturers of cells that scientists could use to study human genetics and disease, died Feb. 24 at a retirement home in Los Altos, Calif. He was 98 ...

Robert J. Corber, lawyer

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 21:34:01 EST

Robert J. Corber, 84, a senior partner at the Washington law firm of Steptoe and Johnson who was head of the Interstate Commerce Commission from 1974 to 1976, died Jan. 25 at a hospice in Williamsburg. He had interstitial lung disease.

A Local Life: Irvin Leigh Matus, 69, penniless Shakespeare scholar who lived by his own design

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 21:03:02 EST

Ever since arriving in Washington in 1985, Irvin Matus seemed to survive on little more than charm, wit and the kindness of friends and strangers.

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Anne Conant, executive secretary

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 20:01:01 EST

Anne Conant, 90, who served for many years as executive secretary to the chief of the Army Corps of Engineers, died Jan. 30 of sepsis at Virginia Hospital Center. She lived in Falls Church.Mrs. Conant came to Washington in 1940 and joined a federal typing pool a year later. During World War II, she...

Renzo J. Renzi, school administrator

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 20:01:01 EST

Renzo J. Renzi, 79, who was director of support services for the Falls Church school district from the early 1970s until his retirement in 1996, died Feb. 9 of a heart attack at a hospital in Greenville, S.C.

Kathleen C. Fallahi, accounting assistant

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 20:00:00 EST

Kathleen C. Fallahi, 49, who worked as an accounting assistant in Gaithersburg before moving to Colorado 10 years ago, died Feb. 1 at a hospital in Denver. She had blood clots and other complications from surgery.Mrs. Fallahi was born Kathleen Marie Cosgrove in Washington and grew up in Rockville....

Phyllis Pierce, secretary

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 20:00:00 EST

Phyllis Pierce, 95, who was a secretary at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for many years, died Jan. 31 at the Springvale Terrace retirement community in Silver Spring. She had a heart ailment.

Marian A. Czarnecki, foreign affairs specialist

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 20:00:00 EST

Marian A. Czarnecki, 83, who was chief of staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for four years before joining Inter-American Development Bank, died Feb. 23 at Cameron Glen rehabilitation center in Reston. He had complications from sepsis. Mr. Czarnecki began working on Capitol Hill in 1948 as...

Robert Dietsch, journalist and spokesman

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 20:00:00 EST

Robert Dietsch, 91, a career reporter who became spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget during the Carter administration, died Feb. 28 of leukemia at his home in Bethesda.Mr. Dietsch was a reporter in the Washington bureau of the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain when he joined OMB. During...

Cyril J. O'Brien, public relations supervisor

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 17:35:01 EST

Cyril J. O'Brien, who retired in 1983 as supervisor of publications at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, died of renal failure at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda on Jan. 31, the day after his 92nd birthday. He was a Kensington resident.

Liz Donovan, painter

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 17:35:01 EST

Liz Donovan, 68, a watercolor painter and author, died Feb. 24 at her winter home in Melbourne Beach, Fla. She had sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissue.

Alfred L. Beer, legislative analyst

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 17:35:01 EST

Alfred L. Beer, 63, a legislative analyst with the Energy Department from 1980 to 2009, died Feb. 15 at Suburban Hospital. He had kidney disease.

Mikhail Simonov, designer of innovative Soviet fighter jet, dies at 81

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 22:55:03 EST

Aircraft designer Mikhail Simonov, 81, whose supremely maneuverable, heavily armed and far-flying Sukhoi fighter jet became an staple of the Soviet military and a cash cow for post-communist Russia, died March 4 in Moscow. The cause of death was not disclosed.

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Edwin D. Kilbourne, scientist who developed flu vaccine, dies at 90

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 22:33:04 EST

Edwin D. Kilbourne, 90, a virologist who figured out how to manufacture a new influenza vaccine each year and was a principal adviser to the U.S. government on flu, died Feb. 21 in Branford, Conn. No cause of death was reported.

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Ana Antolin, research librarian

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 19:43:00 EST

Ana Antolin, 56, a research librarian at the Daughters of the American Revolution Library in Washington for more than 20 years, died Feb. 22 at her home in Alexandria of complications from diabetes.

Suze Rotolo, 67; Bob Dylan's muse helped symbolize 1960s folk revival

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 18:47:05 EST

Suze Rotolo, whose love affair with a young Bob Dylan shaped his early songwriting and who appeared with him on the cover of his first hit album, died Feb. 25 of cancer at her home in New York. She was 67.

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Arnost Lustig, Holocaust survivor and acclaimed author, dies at 84

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 18:47:05 EST

Arnost Lustig, a Czech-born fiction writer who drew on his experience as the survivor of three Nazi-run concentration camps to create unsentimental portrayals of life during the Holocaust, died Feb. 26 of cancer in Prague. He was 84.

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Elizabeth C. Dahlin, GMU official

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 18:47:03 EST

Elizabeth C. Dahlin, 79, who worked for George Mason University from 1980 until 1997 and retired as the vice president for development, died Feb. 13 at Greenspring Village, a nursing facility in Springfield. She had dementia.

Arthur E. 'Bud' Klauser, business executive

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 18:47:02 EST

Arthur E. "Bud" Klauser, 87, who opened the Washington lobbying office of Mitsui & Co. (USA), the American subsidiary of Japan's oldest trading company, died Feb. 14 at a retirement community in Charleston, S.C. He had congestive heart failure.