Washington area obituaries of note

August 9

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

Ralph P. Frisbee,
marketing and advertising executive

Ralph P. Frisbee, 69, a marketing and advertising executive who worked for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for three decades, died July 20 at his home in Gaithersburg, Md. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Trish Frisbee.

Mr. Frisbee was born in Cooperstown, N.Y. He helped run two trade groups in Northern Virginia before joining the WMATA in 1975, the year before the subway system opened. Mr. Frisbee oversaw advertising, promotions, marketing and other matters related to the transit system and its expansion until his retirement in 2005. He later was a marketing consultant for the Washington Area New Auto Dealers Association.

Daniel G. Grove,
lawyer

Daniel G. Grove, 74, a Washington trial lawyer who specialized in domestic relations, fraud, business disputes and negligence cases, died July 15 at a medical facility in Port Charlotte, Fla. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his friend Dan Toomey.

Mr. Grove was born in New York City. He practiced law in Washington, from 1966 to 2004, with the firms of Jackson Kelly; Sharp & Grove; Winston & Strawn; Keck Mahin & Kate; Grove, Engelberg and Gross; Price, Grove, Engelberg and Fried; and Amram, Hahn, Sundlin and Sandground. He lived in the District and Garrett Park, Md., and later moved to Port Charlotte and Maysville, Ky.

Andree Smith,
social worker, volunteer

Andree Smith, 93, a social worker in her native France who later volunteered for many years at Georgetown University Hospital, died July 28 at a rehabilitation facility in Wheaton, Md. She had complications from a fall, said her husband, Dean Waldron Smith.

Andree Marie Praileur was born in St. Jean de Maurienne, France, and assisted displaced people in Normandy after World War II. She came to the United States after her marriage in 1947 and settled in Washington in 1962. She volunteered in the obstetrics/gynecology department of what is now MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for 32 years and was a volunteer with the National Symphony Orchestra and other cultural organizations and museums.

Randy Taylor,
taxi driver and manager

John R. “Randy” Taylor, 60, a driver and manager with the Bluebird and Yellow Cab taxi companies for more than two decades, died July 26 at a hospice in Spring Hill, Fla. The cause was cancer, said his son Craig Taylor.

Mr. Taylor was born in Washington and was a longtime Prince George’s County resident before settling in Florida in 2002. During his career, he helped the taxi companies convert to the use of computerized dispatch systems, his son said.

Warner E. Paulson,
service worker

Warner E. Paulson, 60, a service worker whose jobs included distributing fliers and packaging goods, died July 28 at a hospital in Annapolis. He had complications from kidney ailments, said his brother Wesley Paulson.

Mr. Paulson, who lived in Bowie, was born in Washington. From 1974 until this year he had worked at such organizations as Melwood Services, Capital Concepts, and The ARC of Prince George’s County on a variety of assignments, including assembling packages.

Sally P. McClure,
teacher

Sally P. McClure, 80, a retired Montgomery County elementary school teacher, died July 23 at her home in Chautauqua, N.Y. The cause was pulmonary fibrosis, said her son Brian McClure.

Sally Pryor was born in Pasadena, Calif., and moved to Washington in 1964. She began teaching in Montgomery County in 1968 at English Manor Elementary School and also had taught at Lakewood, Rosemary Hills and Broad Acres schools. She taught at Piney Branch Elementary School from 1976 to 1983 and again from 1993 to 1997, when she retired and moved from Washington to Chautauqua.

Dennis P. Harman,
Navy intelligence official

Dennis P. Harman, 75, a civilian Navy intelligence specialist for 30 years who retired as the deputy director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, died July 21 at his home in Ashland, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his friend David McMunn.

Mr. Harman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Washington in 1966. He worked at the Navy’s Scientific and Technical Intelligence Center and the National Maritime Intelligence Center before joining the Naval Intelligence Command staff in the early 1980s. From 1994 until his retirement in 1997, he served as the deputy director of naval intelligence, the highest rank a civilian officer can obtain. He received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. He later worked as a national security consultant.

R. Moses Thompson,
consultant

R. Moses Thompson, 66, an international development expert and consultant, died July 23 at his home in Marshall, Va. The cause was complications from a fall at his home, said his wife, Holli Perone Thompson.

Richard Moses Thompson was born in Trenton, N.J., grew up in Gardner, Mass., and moved to Washington in the early 1980s. He was an international development consultant and in 2005, established Middleburg, Va.-based consulting firm Maizemoor International. He was a rider with the Orange County Hounds in Middleburg and served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. In 1991, he moved to Marshall.

Stanley I. Richards,
company president

Stanley I. Richards, 78, former president and chairman of the Richards Corp., a company that made photography equipment in Northern Virginia, died July 29 at a hospital in Falls Church, Va. The cause was acute leukemia, said his wife, Jacqueline Richards.

Mr. Richards was a Washington native and a Reston, Va., resident. The Richards Corp. was founded by his father, Henry Richards, in 1945. Mr. Richards became involved with the business in 1967 and was named president in 1976. He served as chairman from 1998 until the company was sold in 2008. He sat on the board of trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, was former president and board member of the McLean Orchestra and was a member of the McLean Rotary Club.

Walter Roberts,
diplomat, scholar

Walter R. Roberts, 97, a diplomat and scholar who served as associate director of the U.S. Information Agency and later as a diplomat-in-residence and teacher at George Washington University, died June 29 at his home in Washington. The cause was complications from prostate cancer, his son Lawrence Roberts said.

Dr. Roberts, a native of Graz, Austria, came to the United States in 1940 and made German-language radio broadcasts to Europe for Voice of America during World War II. He transferred to the State Department in 1950 and held a variety of diplomatic positions, including public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Yugoslavia, where he frequently interacted with President Josip Broz Tito. He published a book, “Tito, Mihailovic and the Allies, 1941-1945,” in 1973. Dr. Roberts retired in 1974 as USIA’s associate director, then became executive director of the Board for International Broadcasting, a federal oversight agency, and served on the Council of Foreign Relations. At GWU since 1985, he helped establish and endow the Institute of Public Diplomacy and Global Communications.

William S. Muney,
NASA solar physicist, analyst

William S. Muney, 80, a solar physicist and scientific data analyst at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., from 1963 until his retirement in 2005, died July 29 at his home in Lanham-Seabrook, Md. The cause was atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, said his daughter Julia Moore.

Mr. Muney was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to the Washington region in 1963. Early in his career, he published scholarly papers on astronomical photography. He was an amateur radio operator and an underwater photographer.

Judith A. Litt,
evaluator

Judith A. Litt, 76, who retired from the old General Accounting Office as an evaluator of federal programs, died July 2 at a hospital in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was respiratory distress, her daughter Marcia Litt said.

Judith Holzman was born in Providence, R.I., and began her federal career in the early 1960s at the Labor Department before transferring to the GAO. She retired in 1990 and was a Bethesda resident.

RuthAnn F. Pfeifer,
Library of Congress supervisor

RuthAnn F. Pfeifer, 87, who helped oversee cataloguing at the Library of Congress for 26 years, died July 29 at a hospice in Washington. The cause was a heart ailment, said her executor, Lucinda Leonard.

RuthAnn Frances Pfeifer, a Washington resident, was born in Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany. She came to the United States in 1949 and joined the Library of Congress in 1966 as head of the German section in the library’s shared cataloguing operation. She later led the Germanic team in the history and literature cataloguing division and received several professional awards before her retirement in 1992. Ms. Pfeifer volunteered at the Bishop’s Garden at the Washington National Cathedral.

Terry L. Mosler,
Defense Department employee

Terry L. Mosler, 64, who did structural engineering work for the Navy Department and the Defense Department for more than 20 years before his retirement a decade ago, died July 27 at his home in Stafford, Va. The cause was heart disease, said his daughter-in-law Meghan Totten.

Mr. Mosler was born in Fort Lewis, Wash., and served with the Army Special Forces in Vietnam during the war. During parts of his civilian career, he accompanied his wife on Air Force assignments around the world. He settled in the Washington area two decades ago.

Alice M. Costello,
federal contracting officer

Alice M. Costello, 90, a contracting specialist and officer who worked for the federal government for more than three decades, died July 30 at a hospice in Rockville, Md. The cause was coronary artery disease, said her niece Joanne Orosz.

Mrs. Costello, a Rockville resident, was born Alice Mary Gaudenzi in Beverly, Mass. She settled in the Washington area six decades ago and spent most of her career with NASA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, retiring in 1985. She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville.

Matthew T. Kellermann,
systems analyst

Matthew T. Kellermann, 53, a computer systems analyst with Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, died Aug. 1 at his home in Ellicott City, Md. The cause was a heart attack, said his brother Mark Kellermann.

Mr. Kellermann was born in Baltimore and was an outstanding amateur baseball pitcher. He worked for Lockheed Martin for 29 years.

Joel L. Goodman,
scientist, engineer

Joel L. Goodman, 70, a scientist and systems engineer who worked for several government contracting firms in the Washington area, died July 5 at a hospital in Virginia Beach. His wife, Betsy Goodman, said the cause was heart arrhythmia and neck trauma related to a fall from a bicycle while on vacation two days earlier.

Mr. Goodman was born in New York City. He had lived in the Washington area since 1970 and retired in 2010 from QinetiQ. Earlier he had worked for ORI, MRJ, Veridian, Quest Research and the CIA. He lived in Falls Church, Va., and was a teaching fellow and instructor at George Mason University and George Washington University.

David L. Hoffman,
transcript reporter, teacher

David L. Hoffman, 66, a transcript reporter who took verbatim transcripts of official proceedings and in retirement taught elementary school, died Aug. 1 at his home in Hyattsville, Md. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Cheryl Hoffman.

Mr. Hoffman was born in Cleveland and moved to the Washington area in 1972. From 1975 until 2009 he was a transcript reporter with Ace Federal Reporters. His work included taking of depositions of Watergate defendants, hearings on Capitol Hill and CIA proceedings. From 2009 to 2012, he taught elementary school in Prince George’s County under an alternative teacher certification program. His last assignment was as a first-grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Hyattsville.

— From staff reports

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