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Friday, April 8, 2005; Page B08

John Francis Lally House Subcommittee Counsel

John Francis Lally, 80, who served as counsel to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on investigations from the late 1960s to the late 1980s, died April 5 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Lally was born in Scranton, Pa., and served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II. He was a 1948 graduate of the University of Scranton and an early 1950s graduate of Catholic University's law school, where he was an editor on the law review.

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Early in his career, he worked at the Justice Department, prosecuting organized crime cases and working as an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.

He was a resident of Falls Church, where he was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He did volunteer work for So Others Might Eat.

His first wife, Bette Bridge Lally, whom he married in 1950, died in 1975.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, LeVelle Patton Lally of Falls Church; four children from his first marriage, Rosemarie Lally of Washington, Patricia Lally of Lewisburg, W.Va., Bryan Lally of Portland, Ore., and John J. Lally of Bethesda; a stepson, Steven McNaughton of Middleburg; two sisters; and nine grandchildren.

Arnold L. Bronfin Company Founder

Arnold L. Bronfin, 76, a retired Hecht Co. executive who started a Washington area chain of luggage and leather goods stores called the Complement, died April 1 at his home in Alexandria. He had complications from diabetes.

Mr. Bronfin joined the Hecht Co. in Baltimore in 1953 and became a store and division manager. He transferred to Washington in 1966 and within a few years was executive vice president of merchandising for all Washington and Baltimore area Hechts.

Conducting a merchandising study for Hechts gave him the idea of starting his own business to fill a void.

"The study showed there was a deficiency," he told a reporter. "There were plenty of specialty stores selling jewelry and plenty selling sweaters, but specialty stores selling handbags were virtually nonexistent. When I saw that, the possibilities of a good business started to ferment."

Out of that came the Complement, which started in 1976 and at its peak had 16 locations. It's now called the Complement/1-800-Luggage.com, with a store in Rockville and Alexandria but mainly conducting business over the Internet.

Another of Mr. Bronfin's business ventures, the Apres Peau lingerie stores, closed in the early 1990s.

Mr. Bronfin was born in New York and attended City College of New York.

His hobbies included writing poetry.

A daughter, Gail Bronfin, died in 2004.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Geri Spielman Bronfin, and a son, Kevin Bronfin, both of Alexandria; and a sister.

Donald William "Bud" Olson Bus Driver

Donald William "Bud" Olson, 81, a retired bus driver, died after a stroke April 5 at Virginia Hospital Center. He was an Arlington resident.

Mr. Olson was born in Lakefield, Minn., and served in the Army during World War II in the European theater. After the war, he drove a bus, first for Alexandria Barcroft and Washington Transit Co., and then for Metro when it took over the latter company. In 1983, he was honored by Metro for 2 million safe driving miles, and he retired after 41 years in 1985.

He was an active member of the Wheelmen, the Sons of Norway and the Model T club of the National Capital Area. He drove his Model T or his big wheel bicycle in all the local parades, a friend of the family said.


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