Washington-area obituaries of note

August 26, 2014

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

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 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 Catholic church and at St. Luke 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. 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 Washington 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.

Dorothy E. Sabatino, hospital administrator

Dorothy E. Sabatino, 88, a hospital administrator at what is now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., from the early 1960s until her retirement in 1980, died Aug. 14 at a nursing home in Millsboro, Del. She had Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, said a granddaughter, Lisa Edmunds.

Mrs. Sabatino was born Dorothy Mitchell in Henderson, N.C. She moved to Hyattsville, Md., in the early 1960s and, after her retirement, relocated to Dunedin, Fla. She settled in Millsboro in 2008.

Thomas B. Coughlin, programs manager

Thomas B. Coughlin, 73, a spacecraft structural analyst who retired as manager of space department programs at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, died Aug. 15 at a hospital in Columbia, Md. The cause was kidney failure and coronary artery disease, said his wife, Joan Coughlin.

Mr. Coughlin, a resident of Ellicott City, Md., was born in Baltimore. He joined the staff at the Applied Physics Laboratory in 1972 and worked there for 36 years.

Karen A. Stuart, archivist

Karen A. Stuart, 59, an archivist at the Library of Congress, died Aug. 19 at a hospice center in Timonium, Md. The cause was cancer, said a cousin, Maria Snyder.

Ms. Stuart, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Greensboro, N.C. She joined the Library of Congress in 1992. Earlier, she was employed by the Maryland Historical Society as an assistant manuscripts librarian and associate editor of Maryland Historical Magazine.

Frank H. Brawner, Army bandsman

Frank H. Brawner, 85, an Army bandsman who retired from military service as a sergeant first class in 1975, died July 19 at the home of his son in Casper, Wyo. The cause was arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, said his son, Roland Brawner.

He was a native Washingtonian and except for military postings elsewhere lived in the District and Arlington until he moved to Wyoming six years ago. He began his military career in 1949. As a saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist, he traveled to Germany, Okinawa and Japan with the band. He served in Korea and Vietnam during wars there. On retiring from the Army, he was a member of the National Concert Band of America. He played in concerts at the Lincoln Memorial and elsewhere.

— From staff reports

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