Joseph G. Lundholm, a manager at NASA for more than two decades, died Feb. 5 at his home at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Md. He was 88.
The cause was pneumonia and sepsis, said his wife, Ann Lundholm.
Dr. Lundholm joined NASA in 1965 and worked as a manager of the Skylab program. He also oversaw a research division and a high-powered-laser program within the agency’s Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology.
From 1981 until his retirement in 1986, he was a manager of NASA’s Advanced Missions Analysis Office at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.
Joseph Gideon Lundholm Jr. was born in Emporia, Kan. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1946 and a master’s degree in 1948, both in engineering physics from Kansas State University. In 1956, he received a PhD, also in engineering physics, from North Carolina State University.
Early in his career, Dr. Lundholm worked in research and development for companies in California and Massachusetts.
After his retirement, he joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary and volunteered with the Montgomery County police department. He was a member of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club and Bethesda United Church of Christ.
He lived in Potomac, Md., for 42 years before moving to Gaithersburg in 2007.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ann Johnson Lundholm of Gaithersburg: two sons, James Lundholm of Raleigh, N.C., and Robert Lundholm of Silver Spring, Md.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
— Megan McDonough
William J. Lippman, who practiced law in Washington for more than 20 years, died Feb. 8 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. He was 89.
The cause was an aneurysm, according to a daughter, Miriam Lippman.
Mr. Lippman came to Washington in 1950 as an attorney with the Interstate Commerce Commission. He later practiced with, and was a partner with, the law firms of Galland, Kharasch, Caulkins, and Lippman, and later with Lippman and Silverman.
In 1977, Mr. Lippman moved to Snowmass, Colo., where he practiced law and served as a municipal court judge until retiring in 2006.
William Joseph Lippman was born in Brooklyn. He served in the Navy during World War II and attended Pennsylvania State University and Notre Dame University. He graduated from Columbia University Law School in 1949.
Mr. Lippman moved to the Ingleside at King Farm assisted-living facility in Rockville, Md., last year.
His wife of 48 years, Dorothea “Dolly” Levinson Lippman, died in 1998.
Survivors include three daughters, Miriam Lippman of Silver Spring, Md., Laura Lippman of Charlottesville and Hilary Bloom of Olney, Md.; and four grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes
Lila Louise Farmer, a consultant and meeting logistics officer with the Washington-based Association of Community College Trustees, died Feb. 15 at CMH Hospital in South Hill, Va. She was 55 and lived in Clarksville, Va.
The cause was respiratory failure and influenza, said her husband, Frank Farmer.
Mrs. Farmer had worked for the Association of Community College Trustees for more than 30 years.
Lila Louise Brown was born in Jonesport, Maine. She moved to the Washington area as a child and was a 1956 graduate of Falls Church High School. She lived in Arlington County, Falls Church and Springfield, Va., before moving to Clarksville in 2005. She continued to work for the community college association.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Frank Farmer of Clarksville; two sisters, Christine Clark of St. Mary’s, Ga., and Karen Young of Bristow, Va.; three brothers, Edward Brown of Woodbridge, Va., Tony Brown of Bristow, Va., and Michael Smith, an adoptive brother, of Machias, Maine.
— Bart Barnes
Russell B. Clanahan, a retired public information specialist and speechwriter for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, died Feb. 17 at The Virginian retirement community in Fairfax County. He was 85.
The cause was congestive heart failure, according to his daughter, Holly A. Selb.
Mr. Clanahan began his government career in Battle Creek, Mich., and served 33 years with FEMA and its predecessor agencies, the Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Office of Civil Defense. He was transferred to Washington in 1962.
His work included the writing of articles, publishing of manuals and the drafting of speeches for FEMA directors. He retired in 1992.
Russell Barnard Clanahan was born in Detroit and was a 1949 journalism graduate of the University of Michigan. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Early in his career, Mr. Clanahan was a journalist at newspapers in Michigan and Illinois. He and a colleague were fired from one paper, Mr. Clanahan’s family said, after exposing a link between illegal gambling and public officials.
Mr. Clanahan was a longtime resident of Springfield, Va., and was a member of the National Press Club.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marie Mazuk Clanahan of Fairfax; four children, Jan M. Michek of Fairfax, Diane L. Bowman of Rawley Springs, Va., John R. Clanahan of McGaheysville, Va., and Holly Selb of Harrisonburg, Va.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes
Richard L. Matteson, a professor of human development who taught at the University of Maryland for three decades, died Feb. 13 at his home in College Park, Md. He was 85.
The cause was cancer, said his wife, Ann Matteson.
A specialist in sociology, Dr. Matteson taught at the university’s Institute for Child Study at the undergraduate and graduate levels and retired about 20 years ago.
Richard Lewis Matteson was born in Columbia, S.C., and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He was a 1952 graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. At the University of Maryland , he received a master’s degree in sociology in 1956 and a doctor of education degree in human development in 1962.
Dr. Matteson was a Boys Club coach and volunteered at halfway houses in Prince George’s County and through the Junior Great Books program at Hollywood Elementary School in College Park.
He belonged to the University United Methodist Church in College Park and sang in its choir for almost six decades. He also sang in the Academia Notes, a barbershop quartet, for 35 years. Dr. Matteson collected Native American artifacts and donated an arrowhead to the Smithsonian Institution, his wife said.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ann Swann Matteson of College Park; four children, Richard L. Matteson Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Fla., David Matteson of Silver Spring, Md., Suzanne Matteson of Poolesville, Md., and Jeffrey Matteson of Luling, Tex.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
— Emily Langer
Walter M. Langan, a systems analyst for the Navy Department, died Jan. 28 at a nursing home in Berlin, Md. He was 89.
The cause was renal failure, said a son, Kenneth Langan.
Mr. Langan began working for the Naval Supply Systems Command in 1957. He traveled to Antarctica in 1972 to work on improving the supply systems for the Navy’s operations there.
He retired in 1984 and two years later moved from Alexandria to Ocean Pines, Md.
Walter Matthew Langan was born in New York. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and participated in the Battle of Okinawa.
He was a 1955 graduate of New York University and received a master’s degree in government from George Washington University in 1964.
In retirement, he edited the newsletter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jean Hardman Langan of New York; three children, Walter Langan of Springfield, Va., Kenneth Langan of Los Angeles and New York, and Alice Anderson of Crofton, Md.; a sister; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
— Samantha Raphelson
Raymond J. White, a broadcast journalist who produced and coordinated television programs on political commentary, edited the Washington Journalism Review and headed the Fox News Washington bureau, died Feb. 14 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was 79.
The cause was leukemia, his wife, Barbara White, said.
Mr. White, a Chevy Chase resident, came to Washington in 1973 to work for Post-Newsweek Stations, a broadcasting company formerly owned by The Washington Post. While there, he won a regional Emmy Award as coordinating producer of a three-hour program on community problems in metropolitan Washington.
Later, he became producer of “Wall Street Week,” a weekly PBS program on finance and economics hosted by Louis Rukeyser. In 1979, Mr. White was named editor of the Washington Journalism Review, which is now called the American Journalism Review.
From 1984 to 1986, he was Washington bureau chief for Fox News.
Mr. White was an adjunct professor at American University, teaching courses in reporting, news and editorial writing from about 1985 to 1995.
Raymond John White was born in Warren, Ohio. He served in the Marine Corps and graduated from Syracuse University in upstate New York in 1961.
Before coming to Washington, he was a print and broadcast journalist in Syracuse; New York City; Scranton, Pa.; and Baltimore.
He received a Nieman fellowship to study at Harvard University in the 1970s.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Barbara Dubyak White of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Leslie Streeter of Boston and Georgia Bachman of Oakton, Va.; and three grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes
Bruce Nash, the longtime manager of Alexandria Floral Co., died Feb. 15 at the Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center in Arlington County. He was 62.
The cause was respiratory failure because of complications from Guillain-Barré Syndrome, said his wife, Mindy Nash.
Mr. Nash began working at 15 in the greenhouses at the shop that became Alexandria Floral Co. He later worked in floral design and retail and was promoted in 1974 to manager, a position he held until his retirement in 2003.
Since the mid-1970s, Mr. Nash had taught in the horticulture program at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus.
David Bruce Nash was born in Alexandria, Va., where he graduated from Edison High School in 1969. He received a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech in 1974.
Mr. Nash was a Springfield, Va., resident. He volunteered and taught classes and seminars at the Green Spring Gardens park in Alexandria, also serving on the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) board. He was a frequent speaker at local garden clubs and other venues.
His first marriage, to Lauranne Close, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Mindy Stephenson Nash of Springfield; his mother, Betty Nash of Lawrenceville, Ga.; and a sister.
— Emily Langer
Patti G. Slowiak, a musician who provided piano accompaniment to the Armenian Chorale during its performances in the Washington area in the 1970s, died Jan. 30 at her home, Merriminga, in Ashton, Md. She was 94.
The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said her daughter, Rosemary Slowiak.
Patti Graham was born in Bulli, New South Wales, Australia, and named for the acclaimed soprano Adelina Patti. She studied piano and clarinet at the Teachers College of Sydney University. She won dozens of musical awards in her youth.
In 1944, she married John Paul Slowiak, a U.S. seaman posted in Australia on World War II duty with the Navy.
She later accompanied him on Navy postings and work assignments to Bremerton, Wash.; Pearl Harbor; and Newport News, Va. They settled in Ashton in 1971.
Mrs. Slowiak resumed playing the piano and was accompanist to the Armenian Chorale at the Arlington National Cemetery amphitheater and other venues.
Her husband died in 2006.
Survivors include two children, Rosemary “Romi” Slowiak of St. Paul, Minn., and John Marcus Slowiak of Annapolis; and a grandson.
— Bart Barnes
Robert Crandus, a former construction company operator and business broker, died Feb. 19 at his home in Rockville, Md. He was 90.
The cause was pancreatic cancer, according to his daughter, Amy Buchanan.
Mr. Crandus settled in the Washington area in 1961 and for 22 years ran Potomac Construction and Beltway Construction. The companies specialized in home improvement and did work on military bases.
Later he founded and ran The Crandus Group, which brokered the sale of businesses. He retired 10 years ago.
Robert Crandus was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the Navy during World War II and attended New York University after the war.
He enjoyed golf and was a member of Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring, Md., and Norbeck Country Club in Rockville.
His first wife, Diane Sircus Crandus, died in 1978 after 30 years of marriage.
His marriage to Loretta Gladsen ended in divorce.
Survivors include his companion since 2000, Harriette Rosen of Rockville; two children from his first marriage, Michael Crandus of Las Vegas and Amy Buchanan of Falls Church, Va.; and four grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes
Grace M. Chace, a secretary in Boston and Bethesda and a onetime business teacher at Hampton University, died Feb. 13 in the Chevy Chase, Md., home where she had lived since 1945. She was 106.
Her son William Chace said the cause of death was inanition, after she stopped eating and drinking.
Mrs. Chace moved to the Washington area in 1941 and was a legal secretary in Bethesda during her early years.
Grace Elizabeth Murdough was born in Boston, where she was a 1928 graduate of Simmons College. She was a legal secretary in Boston, then relocated to the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia, where she taught business courses at what is now Hampton University.
She was active in community organizations in Chevy Chase and played the piano.
Her husband of 39 years, William E. Chace, died in 1975. Survivors include three sons, William Chace of Palo Alto, Calif., Paul Chace of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Jonathan Chace of Chestertown, Md.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A son, David Chace, died in 1969.
— Bart Barnes
Stanley R. Scheiner, a traffic safety engineer who retired in 1995 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, died Feb. 12 at his home in Rockville, Md. He was 92.
He had dementia, said his daughter, Amy R. Scheiner.
Mr. Scheiner joined NHTSA in 1970. He received outstanding performance awards from the agency’s Office of Crash Avoidance and a Superior Achievement Award for contributions to its automotive fuel economy program.
Stanley Robert Scheiner was born in St. Louis. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1941 and received a master’s degree in management science at Johns Hopkins University in 1965.
During World War II, he was an engineer with Philco in Philadelphia. He moved to Towson, Md., in 1947 to work for Bendix.
Mr. Scheiner had a life master rating in bridge.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Elaine Klugman Scheiner of Rockville; two children, Amy Scheiner of Silver Spring, Md., and Andrew C. Scheiner of Crozet, Va.; and two grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes
Margie F. Fry, a Montgomery County health department employee who was assigned to the public school system for nearly two decades, died Jan. 31 at Potomac Valley Nursing & Wellness Center in Rockville, Md, Md. She was 81.
The cause was pneumonia, her daughter Bonnie Sparks said.
From 1975 until her retirement in 1994, Mrs. Fry worked as a health room aide at Glenallan and Weller Road elementary schools in Silver Spring.
Margie Marie Freeman was born in Madison Heights, Va., and settled in the Washington area in the early 1950s.
She lived in Rockville for many years and was a longtime member of Viers Mill Baptist Church in Silver Spring, where she taught Sunday school and worked in the church nursery.
Her husband of 49 years, Charles Fry, died in 2002. Survivors include two daughters, Susan Witt of Richmond and Bonnie Sparks of Damascus, Md.; a brother; a sister; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
— Megan McDonough