Donald M. Lynn Intelligence Officer
Donald M. Lynn, 80, a retired Naval Reserve lieutenant commander and a counterintelligence analyst with the National Security Agency, died Aug. 13 at Washington Hospital Center of complications after a heart attack. He lived in Rockville.
He was born in the District, the son of two native Washingtonians, and grew up on Capitol Hill, where he lived above the former Padgett Print Shop, owned by his mother's family. Mr. Lynn graduated from Eastern High School. He briefly attended Wilson Teachers College and worked at the Army Map Service before joining the Navy in 1943.
Donald M. Lynn
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During World War II, he attended Navy college programs at St. Lawrence University and Columbia University in New York, until he was commissioned as an ensign. He served in Alaska, Japan, the Pacific islands and China. After the war, he attended George Washington University on the GI Bill and graduated in 1949 with an accounting degree. He stayed active in the Naval Reserve as an intelligence officer and retired as a lieutenant commander in 1970.
During his civil service career, he was a special agent with the FBI from 1950 to 1952; counterintelligence analyst and special agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence from 1952 to 1959; security officer at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from 1959 to 1963; and counterintelligence analyst and security officer with the National Security Agency until his retirement in 1976.
He then began a second career, working for five years as an international air courier for Brinks, followed by six years as a background investigator under contract to the federal government. After his final retirement in 1987, he volunteered for the Red Cross at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
In recent years, he enjoyed visiting with his family, attending concerts and school functions featuring his grandchildren, playing poker with old friends and watching Washington Redskins games with his dog, Kodiak.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Matuska Lynn of Rockville; four children, David Lynn and Donna Levin, both of Rockville, Martha Weaver of Silver Spring and Christina Lynn of Gaithersburg; one brother; and five grandchildren.
Nancy Rhett Education Analyst
Nancy Rhett, 58, an education analyst in the Policy and Program Studies Service at the U.S. Department of Education, died of cancer Aug. 7 at her home in the District.
Ms. Rhett believed that rigorous evaluation was vital in both education and public administration. Her experimental work to evaluate the Even Start Program more than half a decade ago is still cited as a model of what the department is trying to accomplish.
Ms. Rhett was born in Atlanta and graduated from Duke University with a degree in history in 1968. She received a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University in 1975.
From 1968 to 1975, she was grants project officer for the Office of Education, then a part of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She handled 25 demonstration projects in career education for the Northeast, the Southwest and the Northwest.
In 1975, she was promoted to management analyst, and her assignments included a study of the program management procedures of the Division of Local Educational Agency Assistance in the Office of Indian Education.
In 1977, she joined the U.S. Department of Education as a budget analyst. She held this position until 1986, by which time the job had evolved into coordinator of evaluation and policy analysis for the budget division. In this position, she worked on evaluations of the Bilingual Education Evaluation and Dissemination centers, the Women's Educational Equity Act program, the Title IV Civil Rights Act program and the alcohol and drug abuse education program.
From 1986 to 1994, she served as an evaluation analyst in the Office of the Under Secretary of Planning and Evaluation Service at the Department of Education. Her primary responsibilities were as the senior program analyst in the Postsecondary, Adult and Vocational Division.