Washington-area obituaries of note

August 29, 2014

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia

Minoti Datta Kalita, medical lab technologist

Minoti Datta Kalita, 72, who retired in 2007 as a medical laboratory technologist for the state of Maryland, died Aug. 9 at her home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was a heart attack, said a daughter, Angie Cornette.

She was born in Jorhat, India, and came to the United States in 1965, living in Philadelphia and New York before settling in the Washington area in 1975. For 32 years, she was a medical laboratory technologist with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore.

Margaret A. Malanoski, regulatory and information officer

Margaret A. Malanoski, 52, a senior executive with the Office of Management and Budget, died Aug. 15 at a hospice in Rockville, Md. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said her husband, Scott Lillienthal.

Dr. Malanoski, who lived in Hyattsville, was born in Hinsdale, Ill. She began her federal career with the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service in 1992. In 1997, she joined the Office of Management and Budget, reviewing regulations at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. At her death, she was chief of its food, health and labor branch.

George J. Krieger Jr., Foreign Service officer

George J. Krieger Jr., 82, a Foreign Service officer whose overseas assignments included Nairobi and Ottawa, died Aug. 12 at his home in Potomac, Md. The cause was cancer, said a great-nephew, Ryan Rhodes.

Mr. Krieger was a Philadelphia native and began his career as a sportswriter for the Miami Daily News. He moved to the Washington area in 1953 and worked at the State Department from 1955 until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.

Vivian R. Lollis, editor, writer

Vivian R. Lollis, 75, a writer, editor and public affairs officer with the U.S. Forest Service, died Aug. 13 at a hospital in Arlington,Va. The cause was pneumonia, said a daughter, Cynthia Lollis.

The Arlington resident was born Vivian Redding in Russellville, Ark. In 2003, she retired from the Forest Service after 31 years with the agency. Her tenure was interrupted for several years when she accompanied her husband on Foreign Service assignments in France, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and England.

Kurt Shaffert, lawyer

Kurt Shaffert, 85, a lawyer who retired from the Justice Department’s antitrust division in 2000, died July 31 at his home in Chevy Chase. The cause was Parkinson’s disease, said a daughter, Robin Shaffert.

Mr. Shaffert was born in Vienna, Austria. With his family, he left Austria for England in 1939 and then arrived in New York in 1940. He settled in Washington in 1966. He joined the Justice Department’s legal staff in 1974, after four years as a senior partner at Shaffert, Miller and Browne.

Clarence J. Martin, association executive director

Clarence J. Martin, 83, former executive director and general counsel for the Association for the Advancement of Psychology from 1974 until his retirement in 1987, died Aug. 8 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va. The cause was complications from a stroke, said his son, Clarence Martin.

Mr. Martin was born in New Orleans. Earlier in his career, he served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana Bar Association and was a congressional liaison officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development. In retirement, he was treasurer of the National Democratic Club, general counsel for the Potomac River Sailing Association and co-founder of Mount Vernon at Home, a nonprofit organization.

— From staff reports

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