Notable deaths in the Washington area

March 19

Obituaries of residents from Washington, Maryland and Northern Virginia

Robert M. Jackson,
graphics manager

Robert M. Jackson, 69, who retired from the Navy in 1989 as a command master chief petty officer and was graphics manager at Steuart-Kret Homes based in Acccokeek, Md., died Feb. 20 at a hospital in Fredericksburg. The cause was respiratory failure and cardiac arrest, said his daughter, Courtney Shires.

Mr. Jackson, a native of Long Branch, N.J., and a resident of King George, Va., retired from the Navy in 1989. He then started a company specializing in digital photo restoration before joining Steuart-Kret in 2000. 

Michael P. Gembol, energy specialist

Michael P. Gembol, 66, an energy specialist and a past adviser at Advanced Engineering Associates International Inc. in Washington, died March 7 at a Hospital in Fairfax County, Va. The cause was brain cancer, said his daughter, Ktimene Axetell.

Mr. Gembol was hired by Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the “father” of the nuclear Navy, to work as a navigator in the Navy’s nuclear submarine program from 1969 to 1979. A native of Ross, Calif., he settled in Reston in 1993 and worked for a decade as a program director at the Institute for International Education. He then worked as an energy consultant on sustainable projects funded by USAID and the World Bank from 2004 to 2012.

Carol H. White,
publication assistant

Carol H. White, 82, an assistant to the editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry from 1982 until her retirement in 1989, died March 11 at her home in Washington. She had complications from rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease, said her husband, Peter White.

Mrs. White, who was born Carol Henderson in Jerseyville, Ill., was with the Foreign Service in the 1950s as an assistant to the U.S. ambassador of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. She then was a Washington homemaker for many years and accompanied her husband, a National Geographic magazine writer, on overseas trips.

Nancy Elliott, association executive

Nancy Elliott, 63, a past executive director of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association, a nonprofit organization that warns about potentially fatal results from exposure to certain drugs used for general anesthesia, died March 10 at her home in Atlanta. The cause was cancer, said her former sister-in-law, Kathryn Ray.

Ms. Elliott was born in Washington. Early in her career, she was executive director of Florida House, the District-based hospitality center for visiting Floridians and an executive with the public relations firm Earle Palmer Brown. She moved to New York in the late 1980s to work for the Malignant Hyperthermia Association and moved to Georgia in 1992. She was a volunteer at the Goodwin House retirement home at Baileys Crossroads in Fairfax County, Va.

Helena S. Moynihan,
writer and translator

Helena S. Moynihan, 84, a writer and translator of French poetry, died Feb. 16 at her home in Washington. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Michael Moynihan.

Mrs. Moynihan, born Helena Ferris Smith in Orange, N.J., began her career as a journalist for the Verona-Cedar Grove Times in Verona, N.J. In the 1980s, she lived in Paris, where she worked as a correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA and completed a translation of poems by French author Guillaume Apollinaire. She volunteered with Georgetown Village, a community organization, the Women’s Democratic Club and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Washington.

Leroy H. Pailen Jr., Postal Service manager

Leroy H. Pailen Jr., 84, a distribution operations tour managerfor the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years, died March 14 at his home in Beltsville, Md. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Loyce Pailen.

Mr. Pailen was born in Washington, N.C., and raised in Washington, D.C. He was a director of Turkey’s Unlimited, a local tennis organization, and league coordinator for the Mid-Eastern Tennis Association for more than a decade. He was also a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church’s multimedia ministry in Washington.

William P. Guntow, phone company employee

William P. Guntow, 69, who worked for the old Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. in Washington for 32 years until retiring in 1994, died Feb. 20 at his home in San Jose. The cause was esophageal cancer, said a son, James Guntow.

Mr. Guntow, a native Washingtonian, joined C&P as a cable splicer and helped operate the White House’s telephone system during his career, said his son. He moved from College Park, Md., to Lancaster, Pa., in 1994 and then to San Jose in 2006. He was past president of the men’s club at St. Mary’s Parish in Landover Hills, Md.

John B. Bourne, accountant, executive

John B. Bourne, 86, a certified public accountant and vice president of finance for the Securities Investor Protection Corp. in Washington for 19 years, died Feb. 8 at his home in Hyattsville. The cause was a stroke, said a son-in-law, Casey Nagel.

Mr. Bourne, a native of University Park, Md., was a manager of the old accounting firm Lybrand, Ross Brothers, and Montgomery before joining the SIPC in 1971. He was a member of the Merchant’s Club of Baltimore and the past treasurer of Berwyn Presbyterian Church in College Park and the Prince George’s County Historical Society.

Esther M. Fogwell, Census Bureau official

Esther M. Fogwell, 83, a Census Bureau administrator from 1969 to 1991, died March 2 at a nursing-care center in Alexandria. The cause was pneumonia, said her niece, Bethany Bower.

Mrs. Fogwell, who was born Esther Mary Carter in Holyoke, Mass., was a Gaithersburg resident. She was a CIA clerk for nine years before joining the Census Bureau. She was a member of the Universalist National Memorial Church in Washington and volunteered at Hospice Caring in Montgomery County.

Daniel L. O’Connor III, mutual fund executive

Daniel L. O’Connor III, 72, founder of the old Fund for Government Investors, a Bethesda-based money market fund, died March 14 at his home in The Villages, Fla. The cause was a stroke, said his brother, Marty O’Connor.

Mr. Connor was born in Los Angeles, raised in Washington, D.C., and moved to Florida in the early 2000s. The Fund for Government Investors, which he established with his brother Marty in the mid-1970s, grew to over $1 billion in funds by the early 1980s and was purchased by another financial institution in the early 2000s. He also founded the Rushmore Group, another Bethesda-based mutual fund company, and the American Gas Association Index Fund, an index of member companies of the American Gas Association.

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