Washington area obituaries of note

July 23

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

Harley D. Wilbur,
Navy captain

Harley D. Wilbur, 86, a retired Navy captain and aviator who in retirement was a mathematician at Vitro in Silver Spring, Md., and a cruise missile researcher at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., died July 10 at his home in Kensington, Md. The cause was pneumonia, said his daughter, Gwenan Wilbur.

Capt. Wilbur was born in Pontiac, Mich. He retired from the Navy in 1975 after 30 years, including service in four aircraft squadrons. He worked at Vitro from 1977 to 1985 and at the Applied Physics Laboratory from 1985 to 1990.

Mona E. Maloney,
church member, volunteer

Mona E. Maloney, 93, a Falls Church homemaker who was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church and a volunteer with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts., died July 8 at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Dunn Loring, Va. The cause was renal failure, said a daughter, Nancy Maloney.

Mrs. Maloney was born Mona Fleming in Skidmore, Mo. She moved to the Washington area in the early 1940s to do clerical work for the Department of the Navy. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, she worked in the lingerie department at a Woodward & Lothrop store in Falls Church.

Robert J. Jones,
law firm partner

Robert J. Jones, 65, a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington who specialized in corporate tax law, died July 11 at a hospital in York, Pa. The cause was a brain hemorrhage, said a stepson, Douglas Walker.

Mr. Jones, a resident of Potomac, Md., was born in Hutchinson, Kan. Mr. Jones joined Arnold & Porter in 1973 and was named partner in 1981. He was a past adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s law school and a special counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics. He was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Bethesda, Md.

Robert F. Weismiller,
claims supervisor

Robert F. Weismiller, 84, who spent 20 years as a claims supervisor at Geico insurance before retiring at 49, died July 16 at his home in Leesburg, Va. The cause was melanoma, said a son, Robert B. Weismiller.

Mr. Weismiller, a native Washingtonian, spent his early career as an officer with the D.C. police and as a salesman with Sun Life insurance. After his early retirement, he opened a bakery, ran a bed-and-breakfast and built homes with a brother, all in Ocean City, Md. He was a past deacon at the old Avondale Baptist Church and coached Little League for the Green Meadows and Beltsville boys clubs, all in Prince George’s County.

James R. Howe,
neurosurgeon

James R. Howe, 71, an Alexandria neurosurgeon who once served as chief of surgery and chief of neurosurgery at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and Inova Alexandria Hospital, died July 9 at his home in Washington. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Rosemarie Russi Howe.

Dr. Howe, a native of Centerville, Iowa., managed a private neurosurgery practice in Alexandria from 1975 to 2005. He also worked intermittently at what became Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and Inova Alexandria Hospital, where he was president of the medical staff and served on the board of the hospital’s foundation. In recent years, he taught neurosurgery at the University of Missouri medical school and was a neurosurgeon at a hospital in Columbia, S.C. He wrote a book, “Patient Care in Neurosurgery” (1977), and was a Cosmos Club member.

Harriette A. Hobbs,
teacher

Harriette A. Hobbs, 80, a member of the Chevy Chase Garden Club and a volunteer at Washington’s Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers, died June 13 at a hospital in Washington. She had complications from rheumatoid arthritis, said a daughter, Courtney Burnes.

Mrs. Hobbs, a Chevy Chase resident, was born Harriette Harcum in Franklin, Va., and moved to the Washington area in 1955. She spent a few years as a junior high school teacher in Fairfax County. She sang in the choir of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.

Gabor Olah-de-Garab,
hotel manager

Gabor Olah-de-Garab, 89, general manager of the Watergate Hotel in Washington from 1967 to 1985, died July 3 at a hospital in Lansdowne, Va. The cause was complications from kidney failure, said a friend, Attila Zobor.

Mr. Olah-de-Garab, a Lansdowne resident, was born in Paszto, Hungary, to a Hungarian father and Italian mother. In 1948, he left Soviet-occupied Hungary and escaped to Italy. Before joining the Watergate, he held managerial positions at luxury European hotels. Later in his career, he served as the general manager of Embassy Row Hotel in Washington and the owner’s representative of the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington before retiring in 2005.

Jeanne A. Hayes,
meetings director

Jeanne A. Hayes, 94, former meetings director of what is now the National Waste and Recycling Association, died July 8 at her home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Steve Hayes.

Mrs. Hayes, a native Washingtonian, was born Jeanne Gaines. She managed the old National Solid Waste Management Association’s trade shows from 1968 to 1985 and then worked as the executive secretary of the Detachable Container Association until her retirement in 1995. She was the first female president of the old National Association of Exposition Managers, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau and was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders.

— From staff reports

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