Friday, June 16, 2006

Gwynora Marlene HemphillStudent, Volunteer

Gwynora "Nora" Marlene Hemphill, 18, a student at the University of Virginia who helped others by volunteering and raising funds for various causes, died of liver cancer May 15 at her home in Falls Church.

Ms. Hemphill was born in Arlington and learned she had metastatic cancer on her 16th birthday. Despite major surgeries and harsh chemotherapy treatments, she graduated from George Mason High School last year as a valedictory scholar and became a first-year student at the University of Virginia in August.

A committed fundraiser, Ms. Hemphill supported causes related to Parkinson's disease and leukemia. She sponsored and coordinated a silent auction and bake sale fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2004 and participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Charlottesville in April, individually raising nearly $4,000 for her team. She also helped with fundraisers for the University of Virginia Cancer Center and the Abigail Alliance.

She was a member of University Democrats, the McIntire Women's Business Forum, Best Buddies and FORCE (Fighting Overcoming and Resisting Cancer Everywhere). As special-events chairman for FORCE, she planned the group's annual a cappella concert in February and served as mistress of ceremonies.

Ms. Hemphill loved to travel and enjoyed researching destinations and creating detailed itineraries. New York was a favorite destination for exploring restaurants, chocolatiers, boutiques and vintage clothing stores. She had planned a trip to Italy last month, but it was canceled because of her failing health.

She was a sophisticated party planner and baker and enjoyed Charlottesville's restaurants, gourmet food stores and farmer's market. Her entrepreneurial bent led to successful experience in e-commerce, buying and selling household furnishings and collectibles online.

Ms. Hemphill also volunteered at the L'Academie de Cuisine classes in Bethesda and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Among her ambitions was to own a hotel, tea shop or bakery, any of which would have allowed her to indulge her penchant for meeting people and making sure they were comfortable, happy and well fed, her mother said.

Survivors include her parents, Thomas M. Hemphill and Pat Meyers, of Falls Church; a sister, Erica Hemphill of Falls Church; and her grandfather, Raymond Meyers of Sterling.

Robert Fulton Carmody Jr.Lawyer, Teacher

Robert Fulton Carmody Jr., 69, a lawyer, teacher and expert in government contract fraud, died of pneumonia and complications from cancer June 10 at the Lisner Louise Dixon Hurt Home in Washington.

Mr. Carmody was born in Boston, the son of a Navy physician. His first memory was from when he was 4, when the family lived at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Japanese planes attacked the naval station. The family was evacuated to California, and Mr. Carmody grew up in several cities across the country.

He graduated from Bladensburg High School and then returned to California. He graduated from Stanford University, where he also received a master's degree in political science in 1959 and a law degree in 1962.

Mr. Carmody began working for the federal government after law school, first for the Department of Defense and then with the Peace Corps, where he was assistant director for program development.

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