Notable deaths in the Washington area

July 4

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

David W. Raymond, lawyer, Sears executive

David W. Raymond, 68, who retired in 1996 as vice president and general counsel of Sears Merchandise Group and vice president of law of Sears, Roebuck and Co., both in Chicago, died June 21 at a hospital in Falls Church, Va. The cause was chronic lymphocytic leukemia, said a son-in-law, Padrick Weber.

Mr. Raymond, a resident of McLean, Va., was born in Boston. He joined Sears in 1970 as a government-affairs lawyer in Washington. After he retired, he moved to McLean and was of counsel to the Winston & Strawn law firm in the District. He created grant and scholarship programs at his alma mater, Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

M. Dantes Doyle, medical clerk, analyst

M. Dantes Doyle, 74, a National Security Agency analyst in the early 1960s who did clerical work for medical offices and agencies in the 1980s, died June 23 at a hospital in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was cardiac arrest, said a son, Bill Doyle.

Mrs. Doyle, a resident of Laurel, Md., was born Mary Dantes Male in Somerset, Pa. In the 1980s, she did clerical work for the National Institutes of Health, what is now Laurel Regional Hospital and the old Great Oaks Center, a state-run mental-health center in Silver Spring. She volunteered at Meals on Wheels for 20 years.

Joseph P. O’Neill, Foreign Service officer

Joseph P. O’Neill, 79, a Foreign Service officer whose posts included Vietnam during the war, Tehran during a brief embassy takeover by Iranian students in 1979, as well as Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, the Philippines, India, Bermuda and Equatorial Guinea, died June 27 at the home of a son in Chantilly, Va. The cause was a stroke, said his son, Patrick F. O’Neill.

Mr. O’Neill, who lived in Fairfax County, was born in New York City. He served 35 years in the State Department — at various points, he was a consular officer, a political officer and a manager — before retiring in 1996. He then continued working as a staff officer in Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.

Charles Dorian, Coast Guard captain

Charles Dorian, 92 a retired Coast Guard captain and official with the telecommunications company Comsat, died June 20 at his home in Seattle. The cause was leukemia, said a son, John Dorian.

Capt. Dorian was born in Quincy, Mass. He was a 33-year resident of the District before moving to Seattle in 1992. He was commissioned a Coast Guard officer in 1942, and he retired in 1972 after having served simultaneously in the Coast Guard and the U.S. Transportation Department as deputy director of its office of telecommunications. Until 1982, he was Comsat’s director of international relations.

Alexander H. Flax, think tank president

Alexander H. Flax, 93, a former assistant secretary of the Air Force who served as president of the Institute for Defense Analyses think tank from 1969 to 1982, died June 30 at a hospital in the District. The cause was pneumonia, said a daughter, Laurel Flax.

Dr. Flax, a resident of Potomac, Md., was born in Brooklyn. Among his early jobs, he was vice president of the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in Buffalo and assistant secretary of the Air Force for research and development. From 1984 to 1992, he held the title of home secretary of the National Academy of Engineering. He also continued a long career as an aerospace and defense consultant. His memberships included the Cosmos Club.

Roy Carlson, Foreign Service officer

Roy Carlson, 93, who spent about 25 years in the Foreign Service mostly as an economics officer before retiring in 1978 as a deputy on the Board of Examiners, died June 27 at a hospital in Bethesda. The cause was coronary artery disease, said a son, William Carlson.

Mr. Carlson, a resident of Chevy Chase, Md., was born in Chicago. His State Department assignments included East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Pakistan and Stuttgart, West Germany, where he was deputy principal officer and chief of the economic section. He also worked on cotton policy and textile agreements in the Office of International Commodities and went on loan in the late 1960s to the Transportation Department to work on transportation aid to developing countries.

Elizabeth Cooley, nurse

Elizabeth Cooley, 85, a homemaker who was a part-time nurse in the Washington area from the 1950s to the 1970s, died June 11 at a hospital in Fairfax County. The cause was respiratory failure and pneumonia, said a daughter, Suzanne Cooley.

Mrs. Cooley, a resident of Centreville, Va., was born Elizabeth Fisher in Superior, Neb. Her nursing work took her to Chestnut Lodge psychiatric hospital in Rockville, Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District and nursing homes in the region. She also did private-duty care.

James H. Haynie, DOT official

James H. Haynie, 77, who retired in 1996 as a senior procurement and contract specialist at the U.S. Transportation Department, died June 30 at a nursing home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was complications from diabetes, said a daughter, Tina Jones.

Mr. Haynie was a native Washingtonian and performed with Marvin Gaye in an all-male a cappella group when both attended Randall Junior High School in the District, his family said. At the DOT, where he spent more than 35 years, he played a role in the development of a prototype for a crash-test dummy, his family said. A resident of Silver Spring, he was an election judge in Montgomery County and a member of Bethlehem Church of God Holiness in the District and a past member of an organization called Blacks in Government.

Elaine Wollman, homemaker

Elaine Wollman, 77, a homemaker in Silver Spring, Md., from 1959 to 2012, died June 24 at a hospital in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The cause was complications from a stroke, said a daughter, Lori Kellogg.

Mrs. Wollman was born Elaine Cymbol in Brooklyn. She moved to Palm Beach Gardens in 2012.

Carol P. Uhlendorf, civic leader, biologist

Carol P. Uhlendorf, 90, a National Institutes of Health biologist who was also a longtime civic leader and onetime mayor of the Montgomery County town of Washington Grove, died June 9 at a rehabilitation facility at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Md. She had a heart attack, said her daughter, Susan Uhlendorf.

Ms. Uhlendorf was born Carol Peruchi in Pontiac, Mich., and worked at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from 1960 to 1986. In Washington Grove, she served on the Town Council and was mayor from 1993 to 1997. She led efforts to renovate the town’s historic town hall and was instrumental in developing a recycling program in Washington Grove and throughout the county.

— From staff reports

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