Notable deaths in the Washington area

July 9

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

William E. Hemple, educator, probation officer

William E. Hemple, 85, an educator and probation officer who served from 1977 to 1985 as director of management information and research at the probation office of the U.S. District Court in Washington, died June 21 at a health-care center in Bayside, Wis. The cause was sepsis, said a daughter, Katherine Prown.

Dr. Hemple, a native Washingtonian, moved to Wisconsin from Silver Spring, Md., two months before his death. He was a former adjunct professor at American University and director of its Institute of Correctional Administration. From 1988 to 1990, he taught sociology and criminal justice to U.S. military personnel in Okinawa, Japan, and the Marshall Islands.

Joseph Conway, Irish shop owner

Joseph Conway, 76, owner and operator of the Irish Corner at the Threepenny Bit, a now-defunct Irish import shop on M Street in Georgetown, died June 21 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was aspiration pneumonia, said a niece, Pamela Maskey.

Mr. Conway, a District resident, was born in Springfield, Ill. He moved to Washington in 1956 and worked for the old real estate firm Shannon & Luchs. He bought the Threepenny Bit on Wisconsin Avenue in the late 1960s and opened a location on M Street in 1971. The store closed in 1995. He was a member of the Catholic Church of the Annunciation in Washington and acted with the American Light Opera Co.

Margaret Stewart, funeral home owner

Margaret Stewart, 97, who owned and co-operated the Stewart Funeral Home, a venerable African American business in Washington, died June 24 at her home in Washington. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, said a daughter-in-law, Norma Jenkins Stewart.

Mrs. Stewart was born Margaret Hill in Capitol Heights, Md. She taught elementary school in Prince George’s County before joining the funeral business in 1969; it had been owned by her husband’s family since 1900. After being widowed in 1981, Mrs. Stewart became the sole owner and then ran the business with her two sons and later a granddaughter until retiring in the late 1990s. She was a past president of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce and a past national treasurer of the National Council of Negro Women.

Lisa M. Carpenter, policy analyst

Lisa M. Carpenter, 43, a senior policy analyst for six years at America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade organization, died June 18 at her home in Washington. The cause was breast cancer, said a sister, Margo Mims.

Mrs. Carpenter was born Lisa Mims in Boston and moved to Washington in 1996. She worked at AHIP in Washington intermittently between 2003 and 2010. At one point, she managed the National Program of Cancer Registries technical assistance and audit program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was an annual attendee of Key to the Cure, a breast cancer awareness event sponsored by Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase.

Fred S. Hudson, Air Force colonel

Fred S. Hudson, 83, a retired Air Force colonel who became vice president of Washington operations for International Executive Service Corps, a nonprofit economic development organization, died June 10 at a nursing center in Alexandria. The cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, said his wife, Cornelia Hudson.

Col. Hudson, an Alexandria resident, was a native Washingtonian. He was in the Air Force from 1955 to 1979, during which time he served as a fighter pilot and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He then helped grow and sell his family’s Baltimore-based oil company, Penn Dower Petroleum Co., which became one of Citgo Petroleum’s largest packagers and distributors of lubricant products. Starting in the early 1990s, he served in executive roles at IESC before retiring in 2000.

Philip C. Kearney, USDA official

Philip C. Kearney, 81, a biochemist who became a U.S. Department of Agriculture research scientist specializing in pesticide behavior in soils, died June 8 at an assisted-living center Melbourne, Fla. The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said his wife, Rita R. Kearney.

Dr. Kearney, a resident of Laurel, Md., was born in Baltimore and worked at USDA from 1962 to 1995. He headed the Agricultural Research Service’s pesticide degradation laboratory from 1965 to 1988 and then served as deputy area director of the ARS’s Natural Resources Institute in Beltsville; he was named ARS scientist of the year in 1986. He was adjunct professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Maryland from 1995 to 2010 and wrote more than 200 scientific publications and several books on herbicide chemistry and degradation.

Kathleen Rand Reed, consultant

Kathleen Rand Reed, 67, who spent decades working in promotion and target-marketing aimed at minority communities and in recent years was a “sociopolitical strategist” for Lew Frederick (D), a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, died July 3 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was cancer, said a niece, Andrea Cathey.

Mrs. Reed, a Washington resident, was born Kathleen Rand in Chicago. Since 1991, she was chief executive and president of the Rand Reed Group, a consultancy specializing in what she called “culturally competent social marketing.” Earlier, she ran a Palo Alto, Calif., company that tried to increase organ donations among minority groups and sat on an institutional review board of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. For many years, she was a partner in a leather goods store in San Francisco.

Joyce Fitz, schoolteacher

Joyce Fitz, 84, who taught at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, Md., from 1962 to 1987, died June 30 at her home in Silver Spring. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, said her husband, Norman Fitz.

Mrs. Fitz was born Joyce Mayes in Washington. She taught at middle schools in New York and Washington early in her career. In retirement, she spent a decade as a substitute teacher at Rosemary Hills and Woodlin elementary schools in Silver Spring.

Walter B. Kennedy, basketball coach

Walter B. Kennedy, 73, who was a basketball coach at McKinley Technical High School in Washington from 1966 to 1980, died June 15 at a nursing center in North Bethesda, Md., where he had lived since 1999. The cause was complications from multiple sclerosis, said a niece, Yolonda Harris.

Mr. Kennedy, a native of Mount Sterling, Ala., was a star college basketball player at Florida A&M University and played professionally with the Pittsburgh Rens and Harlem Globetrotters before starting his coaching career at McKinley. He became the school’s head coach in 1975 and led McKinley to the D.C. public school championship in 1977. He moved to Alabama in 1981 and coached at St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery, where his team finished second in the state in 1994. He was featured in a 1997 article in Reader’s Digest magazine.

John J. Ford, congressional staff director

John J. Ford, 87, a staff director of the House Armed Services Committee from 1975 until 1984, serving mostly under Chairman Melvin Price (D-Ind), died July 3 at his home in Fairfax County. The cause was prostate cancer, said a son, Sean Ford.

Mr. Ford was born in Archbald, Pa. He was an associate editor and chief Capitol Hill correspondent for the Army Times publishing company before joining the House committee staff in 1964. After leaving government, Mr. Ford became vice president of governmental affairs for Avco, a defense contractor subsequently purchased by Textron. He remained with Textron until 1987, and then ran his own consulting firm until the mid-1990s.

Kathleen H. Wach, university administrator

Kathleen H. Wach, 77, a past director of residence hall operations at Georgetown University and a past member of the board of education for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, died June 30 at a daughter’s home in Springfield, Va. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, said a daughter, Kathleen H. “Kitty” Wach.

Dr. Wach, a former District resident, was born Kathleen Heffernan in Long Beach, Calif., and accompanied her husband on Foreign Service assignments to Europe and Africa for many years. She joined Georgetown as a secretary in 1980. She retired in 1998 as director of residence hall operations, responsible for operating student dormitories. She was also a member of the university’s choir. She was a certified foster parent.

— From staff reports