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Christine Elizabeth ValmasseiPublic Relations Specialist

Christine Elizabeth Valmassei, 57, a public relations specialist in the telecommunications field who founded the Washington Telecom Newswire, died of breast cancer Dec. 20 at her home in Reston.

Ms. Valmassei had been an independent media consultant since 1997, after a career as a corporate spokeswoman and entrepreneur. She was founder and president of Washington Telecom Newswire, an electronic news service that began in 1993. She sold it in 1995 and continued to work there for two years as managing editor.

She was born in Monroe, Mich., and graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing. She worked for Booth Newspapers in Michigan, was a press official in the Michigan state legislature and a public affairs manager for GTE Corp.'s Washington office. She also directed the Washington Information Services Project at Bell Communications Research, which was jointly owned by the Bell telephone companies.

Ms. Valmassei was a volunteer with the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter. She also volunteered at Vice President Cheney's home.

Her marriage to Robert Fox ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Kenneth Allen "Skipp" Maiden of Reston; a stepson, William Allen Maiden of Seattle; and two brothers.

Pearlie Hargrave McKeoghFDA Administrative Assistant

Pearlie Hargrave McKeogh, 87, a World War II veteran who worked about 20 years for an agency of the Food and Drug Administration before retiring as an administrative assistant in 1977, died of colon cancer Dec. 10 at her home in Bowie.

Mrs. McKeogh was a native of Pillager, Minn. She worked briefly as an eighth-grade teacher before joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942. She was among the first group of women, other than nurses, to be sent overseas during the war.

She served in Algiers, Italy, England and France as a driver assigned to the headquarters of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. In North Africa, she met Michael "Mickey" McKeogh, who was Eisenhower's orderly.

On Dec. 16, 1944, she and McKeogh were married at the Chapel of Versailles in France. Returning to the United States after the wedding, she settled in Landover in 1956 and spent most of her career at the FDA's Bureau of Veterinary Medicine.

After her retirement, she moved to Bowie, where she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Her husband died in 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann McKeogh of Bowie.

Reginald J. BrownArmy, Defense Official

Reginald J. Brown, 65, who retired in January as assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, and spent much of this year as a senior executive officer for the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, died Dec. 17 at his home in Solomons. He had pancreatic cancer.

After active-duty service in the Army, Mr. Brown began his federal career in the early 1970s. His positions included: associate director for economic analysis at the Defense Manpower Commission; executive director of the President's Commission on Military Compensation; and director of energy, chemicals and public utilities in the Office of Price Monitoring of the Council on Wage and Price Stability.

For much of the 1980s, he was a senior fellow for energy and strategic studies at Georgetown University's Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He was an assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development before joining the Army Department in 2001.

Reginald Jude Brown was a native of New Orleans and a 1961 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He received a master's degree in public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Starting in 1961, he spent a decade in the Army, served in the Vietnam War and rose to the rank of major. His decorations included the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal.

His federal honors included the Army's Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

He was a board member of Capital Technology Information Services of Rockville, which provides software for managing large-scale clinical trials; and Caelum Research Corp. of Rockville, a government contracting firm specializing in aerospace engineering and applied sciences.

He had a second home in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife, Emilia Chong Brown, whom he married in 1963, of Solomons and Alexandria; two children, Eric Brown of Vienna and Denise Lawson of Springfield; a brother; two sisters; and five grandchildren.


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