Local deaths: Sarah f. Shannon, teacher; Edward S. Gleason, Episcopal clergyman

November 28, 2013
Sarah F. Shannon
teacher

Sarah F. Shannon, who spent 23 years as a teacher at Jessup Elementary School before retiring in 1983, died Nov. 6 at Patuxent River Rehabilitation Center in Laurel. She was 89.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Frances C. Shannon.

Sarah Frances Brown was born in Salisbury, Md., and moved to the Washington area as a child. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1940 and from the University of Maryland in 1944. She served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II.

She was a past treasurer and chair of the thrift and gift shop of Trinity Episcopal Church in Elkridge, Md. She was a volunteer political activist for Maryland Democrats.

She moved to Sarasota, Fla., from Jessup, Md., two years ago. She was visiting the Washington area when she was taken ill.

Her husband, William H. Shannon, whom she married in 1945, died in 2004. Survivors include four children, retired Air Force Lt. Col. George P. Shannon of Levering, Mich., Constance E. Bulawka of Sarasota, Frances C. Shannon of New York and William H. Shannon of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

Edward S. Gleason
Episcopal clergyman

Edward S. Gleason, an Episcopal clergyman who had been rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington and later a staff member of the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Alexandria, died Oct. 31 at the Washington Home hospice. He was 80.

The cause was a subdural hematoma from an accidental fall at his home in Washington, said a daughter, Eliza Kean.

From 1987 to 1995, the Rev. Gleason was director of development, alumni and publications at the Episcopal seminary. He was rector at St. Peter’s from 1962 to 1966.

Edward Stone Gleason was a native of Newton, Mass., and a 1955 graduate of Harvard University. After Navy service, he received a bachelor of divinity degree in 1960 at the Episcopal Seminary, where he also received a doctor of divinity degree in 2000.

He was headmaster of the private Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., from 1971 to 1987. From 1995 to 2005, he was director of Forward Movement Publications in Cincinnati.

His books included “Redeeming Marriage” (1988) and “Dying We Live” (1990).

Survivors include his wife, Anne Vermillion Gleason, whom he married in 1955, of Washington; three daughters, Sarah Ross of New Milford, Conn., Persis Elkins of Minneapolis and Eliza Kean of Washington; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

Gigi Lazarus
volunteer

Gigi Lazarus, a volunteer at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Georgetown Day School, died Nov. 22 at the Washington Home hospice. She was 84.

The cause was complications from pneumonia, said her son, Edward Lazarus.

Mrs. Lazarus, a Washington resident, initiated and led a reading program for kindergarten children at Georgetown Day School in the mid-1960s.

She then volunteered at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, first in the education department and later in the photography division, until 1989.

Gertrude Chiger, who went by Gigi, was born in Brooklyn to Russian immigrants. After a brief acting career in New York, she moved to Washington in 1956.

She was a docent at the National Gallery of Art and a member of Actors’ Equity Association, which in 2010 she recognized her for her support.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Arthur Lazarus Jr. of Washington; three children, Andrew Lazarus of Berkeley, Calif, Edward Lazarus of Washington and Diana Lazarus of Bethesda; and seven grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

Lee S. Harrow
scientist, business executive

Lee S. Harrow, a native Washingtonian and retired vice president and technical director of H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh, died Nov. 4 at a health-care center in Sarasota, Fla. He was 87.

The cause was heart and lung disease said a son, Dr. Arthur Harrow.

Lee Salem Harrow graduated in 1942 from Anacostia High School and in 1946 from George Washington University. He was a chemist at the Food and Drug Administration in Washington while studying nights at Georgetown University, where he received master’s (1952) and doctoral (1953) degrees in physical chemistry.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Phyllis Steuer Harrow of Sarasota; four children, Jeffrey J. Harrow of San Antonio, Bruce I. Harrow of Eugene, Ore., Dr. Arthur S. Harrow of Owings Mills, Md., and Sarah H. Harlan of Louisville; a sister, Adele Friedman of Rockville; and eight grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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