Washington-area obituaries of note

August 23, 2014

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia

Sharon M. Allender, lawyer

Sharon M. Allender, 67, who retired in 1997 as a lawyer in the office of the solicitor of the Department of the Interior, died Aug. 5 at a hospital in Richmond. The cause was a brain tumor, said her husband, John Trezise.

Ms. Allender was born in Eugene, Ore., and moved to the Washington area in 1971, when she began her career with the Interior Department. She specialized in natural resources law, representing at various times the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management. A former resident of the District and Bethesda, she moved to Richmond in 2013.

John Patrick ‘JP’ Kollar Sr., home builder

John Patrick “JP” Kollar Sr., 80, a residential home builder who operated in Montgomery County for almost 50 years, died July 27 at a health-care center in Potomac. The cause was complications from a bladder infection and Parkinson’s disease, said his wife, Agatha E. Kollar.

Mr. Kollar was born in Uniontown, Pa., and settled in the Washington area around 1950. Doing business as J.P. Kollar Builder Inc. and related companies, he built homes in Montgomery until retiring in the mid-2000s.

Joan K. Cassidy, Navy employee, businesswoman

Joan K. Cassidy, 86, an employee of the Naval Security Station in Washington who later ran a public-speaking and business-writing business, died Aug. 8 at her home in Centreville, Md. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, said her wife, Nancy Pashby.

Ms. Cassidy was born in New York. She began her career at the Naval Security Station in 1959 and had managerial positions in the registered publications, communications materials, and plans and policy units. In 1978, she retired from federal service, then for 10 years from her home in Silver Spring ran Joan K. Cassidy Associates, conducting seminars about speaking and writing. Since 2012, she had lived in Centreville, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Joseph M. Conrad Jr., minority-business specialist

Joseph M. Conrad Jr., 78, a minority-business specialist with federal agencies and a deacon in the Catholic church, died Aug. 8 at his home in Upper Marlboro, Md. The causes were heart ailments and diabetes, said a daughter, Monique O’Grady.

Deacon Conrad was born in New Orleans. He retired from federal service in 1995 after a 33-year career that included the Small Business Administration directorship for the state of Louisiana from 1978 to 1982 and Washington-based positions involving minority businesses. In 1971, he was ordained a deacon and served at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church and at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Washington, where he retired from the diaconate in 2013.

Wendy Grieder, EPA officer

Wendy Grieder, 71, a former officer of the Environmental Protection Agency who specialized in international environmental issues, died Aug. 7 at a hospital in Arlington County. The cause was liver failure, said Charles Snyder, a family friend.

Ms. Grieder, who lived in Washington, was born in New York. She came to the District in 1963 and worked as an assistant to R. Sargent Shriver Jr., the director of the Peace Corps. Later, she was the chief foreign-policy legislative assistant to Sen. James Abourezk (D-S.D.). She joined the EPA in 1980 and retired in 2007. In retirement, she was a volunteer with charitable organizations including Miriam’s Kitchen in Washington.

— From staff reports

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