John J. Mancini Business Executive
John J. Mancini, 73, a retired Washington area business executive with IBM, Loral Space & Communications and Lockheed Martin, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Feb. 27 at Sunrise Senior Living in Sterling.
Mr. Mancini, a Rockville resident, came to the Washington area in 1966 with IBM. While working at IBM in Gaithersburg, he developed an innovative software product that automated the maintenance of large databases for IBM.
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He worked with IBM for about 35 years before leaving as senior manager for software applications in its federal systems division. He spent two years at Loral and then was senior manager for systems development and integration at Lockheed Martin for seven years before retiring in 2003.
Mr. Mancini, a native of Waterbury, Conn., earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Connecticut and a master's in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1959. He served in the Army during the Korean War and met his wife while stationed in Hawaii.
He was an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg and in the Mother of God Community, a Catholic healing and counseling organization.
While he was a devoted Washington Redskins and University of Maryland fan, baseball was his passion.
He coached Little League throughout the 1970s in the Gaithersburg Sports Association, taking teams to playoffs every year and winning the league championship three times.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Nettie E. Mancini of Rockville; four children, Thomas J. Mancini of Leesburg, David C. Mancini of Washington, Paul J. Mancini of Richmond and Kathleen M. Williams of Utica, N.Y., a brother; and 15 grandchildren.
A.B. de Saint-Hippolyte French Diplomat
Alexandre Brun de Saint-Hippolyte, 88, a French diplomat who served in Washington for more than four decades, died of cardiac arrest March 13 at his home in Lenoir, N.C. He had been a longtime resident of Chevy Chase.
Mr. Saint-Hippolyte was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, to a family with close ties to the Tsarist court. His forebears, originally French, had settled in Russia after fleeing their homeland during the French Revolution. During the Russian Revolution nearly a century and a half later, the family was forced to return to France.
Mr. Saint-Hippolyte graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in the early 1930s, and he studied literature at Oxford and Italian literature in Rome. In 1938, he became an officer in the French Air Force and was dispatched to Algeria. In addition to his duties as a pilot based in Algiers, he took on his first diplomatic assignments for the French Foreign Office.
When France was invaded by Nazi Germany, Mr. Saint-Hippolyte's squadron was reassigned to France as part of the effort to resist the onslaught. His unit of Potez 262 fighter bombers lost 12 of its 14 planes in air battles near Metz. He was captured by German forces after parachuting from his damaged plane.
Bound for interrogation in Germany, he escaped and made his way to safety, even as resistance crumbled and France sued for peace. He was arrested by Nazi forces a second time and escaped again, this time by jumping from a train before it reached the German border. He eluded capture by hiding with relatives in the French countryside.
He received the Legion of Honor, and, after the war, joined the Diplomatic Service. He was posted to Berlin and then to the French Embassy in Washington. He remained in Washington in various positions, including chief of the industrial branch, from 1948 until his retirement in 1989. An expert on industrial design, he wrote a regular column for the French magazine La Nouvelle Economiste.