Washington-area obituaries of note

August 13

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

Sarah P. ‘Sally’ Palmer,
nurse

Sarah P. “Sally” Palmer, 82, a former registered nurse who worked at her husband’s Annapolis-based surgical practice in the early 1960s, died July 27 at a retirement community in Annapolis. She had cancer, said a daughter, Lynn D. Palmer.

Mrs. Palmer, an Annapolis resident, was born Sarah Parsons in Philadelphia. She grew up in Washington and worked as a nurse at the old D.C. General Hospital and what is now Children’s National Medical Center before moving to Annapolis in 1960. She volunteered with the Anne Arundel Medical Center auxiliary and was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis.

James Earl Henderson,
plumbing contractor

James Earl Henderson, 85, who owned J.E. Henderson Plumbing and Heating in Bowie, Md., from 1957 until he retired in 1999, died July 22 at his home in Jensen Beach, Fla. The cause was cardiac arrest, said a son, Craig Henderson.

Mr. Henderson was born in Waynesburg, Pa., and moved to the Washington area in the late 1940s. He was a former president of the Washington Suburban Master Plumbers’ Association and moved to Jensen Beach from Bowie in 2004.

 

Kate Anderson,
CIA translator

Kate Anderson, 86, who worked as a Polish translator at the CIA in the 1980s, died Aug. 6 at a nursing facility in Fairfax County. The cause was liver failure, said her husband, Robert Anderson.

Mrs. Anderson was born Kate Ellison in Ogden, Utah, and she moved to the Washington area in 1956. She lived with her family in Paris in the 1970s while her husband was working with the Treasury Department. She was proficient in Spanish and other languages and was trained in Polish by the CIA before working as a translator in the late 1980s.

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.

Mrs. McClure was born Sally Pryor 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 to Chautauqua from Washington.

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 the 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.

Stanley I. Richards,
company president

Stanley I. Richards, 78, a 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, a resident of Reston, Va., was a Washington native. 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 a 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 retired associate director of the U.S. Information Agency who later helped establish and endow the Institute of Public Diplomacy and Global Communications 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 joined the State Department in 1950 and held positions including public affairs officer at the U.S. embassy in Yugoslavia, where he interacted with President Josip Broz Tito. He published a book, “Tito, Mihailovic and the Allies, 1941-1945,” in 1973. Dr. Roberts retired from USIA the next year, then became executive director of the Board for International Broadcasting, a federal oversight agency, and served on the Council of Foreign Relations.

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,
program analyst

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

Mrs. Litt was born Judith Holzman in Providence, R.I., and grew up in Israel and Washington. She was an elementary school teacher in the District before working for the Labor Department in the early 1960s. She later transferred to the GAO, where she analyzed federal programs on education and youth employment before her retirement in 1990. She was a Bethesda resident and was active in the Wellesley College Alumnae Association.

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.

Ms. 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 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 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, Md., 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 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 and George Washington universities.

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. 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.

Ralph W. Schreiner,
security manager

Ralph W. Schreiner, 94, a former security manager for two decades at what is now Pfizer in Pearl River, N.Y., died Aug. 6 at his home in Alexandria, Va. The cause was heart disease, said a daughter, Irene Schmalz.

Mr. Schreiner was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and moved to the United States in the late 1930s. He was a security investigator for General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y., for 12 years and a security manager at the old Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River from 1962 until his retirement in 1982. He then settled in Alexandria, where he was regional vice president of the National Counter Intelligence Corps Association. His memberships included the Knights of Columbus and the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

Robert L. Lucke,
research physicist

Robert L. Lucke, 69, a research physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory since 1982, died Aug. 8 at his home in Springfield, Va. The cause was malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lungs, said his wife, Carol Lucke.

Dr. Lucke, a resident of Springfield, Va., was born in Norfolk and grew up in Clinton, Md. From 1978 until 1982, he taught physics at the University of Toledo. He was an expert optical engineer and system engineer of the laboratory’s Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean, a spectrometer that produces high-quality science imagery from space for oceanographers. He judged local science fairs and was a member of the Optical Society of America and SPIE, an international society for optical engineering.

David S. Arnold,
trade group official

David S. Arnold, 93, who retired in 1985 as publications director of the International City/County Management Association, a trade group for city and local government managers in Washington, died Aug. 8 at an assisted living and nursing home in Falls Church, Va. The cause was a stroke, said a daughter, Susan Arnold.

Mr. Scott, a Falls Church resident, was born in Findlay, Ohio. He joined the staff of the ICMA in Chicago in 1949 and moved to Washington in 1967. He co-wrote a book, “Public Official Associations and State and Local Government: A Bridge Across One Hundred Years” (1994), and his memberships included Pi Alpha Alpha, a public administration honor society; and Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Dorothy A. Hedetniemi,
volunteer

Dorothy A. Hedetniemi, 95, a former Falls Church, Va., homemaker who volunteered for 50 years with the American Red Cross, died Aug. 5 at an assisted living facility in McLean, Va. The cause was coronary heart disease, said a daughter, Margaret “Peggy” Donaldson.

Mrs. Hedetniemi, who moved to McLean in June, was born Dorothy Allen in Grayling, Mich. She was secretary of the George Mason High School PTA in Falls Church in the mid-1950s and an early member of the Falls Church Citizens for a Better City.

— From staff reports

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