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Saturday, March 26, 2005; Page B06

Josephine B. Humphrey Humane Society Member

Josephine B. Humphrey, 92, a Vienna resident and a member of the Humane Society USA, died of dehydration March 7 at Mount Vernon Nursing Center.

She lived at Merrifield Village in Vienna for more than 35 years. She was known in her neighborhood for her daily walks with her dogs -- first Barry, a schnauzer, and later Tassle, a poodle -- and for being interested in every person she met walking another pet.

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Mrs. Humphrey spent time with her nephew and his family. "She felt closer to us than anyone who didn't own a pet," said Connie Humphrey.

She was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and traveled much of her life. She was member the World Wildlife Federation.

Her husband of 27 years, Selden Humphrey, died 1976.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Judy Neal of Sun City, Fla.

Ruth Fleer Frank D.C. Public Schools Teacher

Ruth Fleer Frank, 92, a former elementary school teacher in D.C. public schools, died March 1 at her home in Leisure World in Silver Spring. She had complications from a heart attack and stroke she suffered in December.

Mrs. Frank came to Washington in 1948 and taught at Janney and Keene elementary schools until her retirement in 1972. She lived in the District until moving to Leisure World in 1974.

She was a member of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church and later attended Leisure World's interfaith chapel. She sang in the choir at both places of worship and was in the handbell choir at Leisure World. She volunteered to visit nursing homes and played piano for weekly devotional services.

Mrs. Frank was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York with a concentration in piano studies.

She was a member of the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase and of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She enjoyed cards, music and entertaining.

Her husband of 48 years, August Davis Frank, died in 1982.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Lehmann of Heidelberg, Germany; a granddaughter; and two great-grandsons.

Siena Kirwin Physician

Siena Kirwin, 53, a Washington area physician who practiced internal medicine, hematology and oncology, died March 16 at her home in Potomac. She had myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease.

Dr. Kirwin opened an outpatient private practice in Kensington in 1987. She moved her office to Bethesda in 1998, continuing to work despite her illness. She closed her office after having a stroke in 2001.

She was born Kathryn Siena Kirwin in Baltimore. Her father's death from cancer when she was 12 led to her interest in medicine.


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