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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.

At the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Mr. Carmody spent 12 years in the area of guaranteed student loans and grant compliance.

He became an expert in government contract fraud and government contract protests, taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia and was on loan for two years at American University, where he was associate professor and director of procurement, acquisition and grants management.

He retired from the federal government in 1985 and worked for several area law firms. He specialized in government contract protests and government contract fraud.

Mr. Carmody also taught at the University of Delaware, the George Washington University continuing education program, the University of the District of Columbia and the General Services Administration. He developed and published a number of texts for the Department of Defense and for the GSA on procurement fraud and ethics in procurement.

He retired in 1994 after a major stroke.

Mr. Carmody was a member of the American Bar Association and was a master in the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court. He was a member of the D.C. Bar, the Stanford Club of Washington and Kenwood Country Club. He was a wine connoisseur and collector and enjoyed playing tennis and breeding Kerry blue terriers.

His marriages to Lynn Herrick and Carol Jones ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Joan Sharp Gupta of Wilmington, Del., Susan Carmody Culman of Lexington, Mass., and Michael Lawrence Carmody of Fredericksburg; a sister, Jane Carmody Wilson of Manassas; and four grandchildren.

David KogonOperations Research Analyst

David Kogon, 91, a retired statistician and operations research analyst with the Air Force, died May 8 of complications from an abdominal aortic aneurysm at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. He was a Silver Spring resident.

Mr. Kogon was born in New York City, one of five sons of Russian immigrants, and grew up in Kingston, N.Y. He attended City College of New York, but the Depression forced him to drop out.

He came to Washington in 1936 to work as a clerk for the Veterans Administration. In 1937, he transferred to the Office of the Bituminous Coal Consumers' Counsel, a New Deal agency, and worked as a mineral economist.

After a brief period with the U.S. Department of the Interior, he enlisted in the Navy during World War II and was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency. He had developed an interest in codes, ciphers and cryptology as a youngster, and the OSS put him to work in cryptanalysis.

After the war, he worked as a government statistician in Berlin. From 1948 to 1952, he was an analytical statistician with the Navy Department in the Pentagon.

Attending classes at night, he received a bachelor's degree in statistics from American University in 1955. He also did graduate work in operations research at the Graduate School of the Department of Agriculture.

From 1952 to 1969, he worked in various analytical capacities for the Department of the Air Force, based at the Pentagon and in Morocco and Vietnam. He retired in 1969.

Mr. Kogon was a lifelong student of languages, studying French, German, Hebrew, Latin, Arabic, Italian and some Russian. His favorite was Italian, which he spoke fluently.

He and his wife also traveled extensively, particularly in Europe. They visited Italy seven times, which allowed Mr. Kogon to put his linguistic facility to good use.

In 1940, he was one of the founders of Consumer Co-op, a nonprofit organization based in Greenbelt that started out as a grocery store and expanded over the years to include supermarkets, service stations and furniture stores throughout the area. Involved with the cooperative movement for nearly 50 years, he also grew fruits and vegetables and was interested in alternative medicines.

His wife, Sarah Kogon, died in 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Maurice Kogon of Torrance, Calif., and Laurence Kogon of Fairfield, Ohio; a brother, Ted Kogon of McLean; and six grandchildren.

Bernard Osborn WoodwardD.C. Precinct Detective

Bernard Osborn Woodward, 63, a retired plainclothes detective for the D.C. police, died of complications from a stroke June 11 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He was a resident of the District for many years before moving to Hampton, Ga., in 2005.

Mr. Woodward was born in New York City. He joined the D.C. police in 1969 and worked in the Morals Division as an undercover agent throughout his career. A member of the so-called Mod Squad, he investigated narcotics and prostitution.

He also did security backup for President Ronald Reagan, worked on the security detail for numerous White House guests and was involved in tactical security for the mayor's office.

After his retirement as a precinct detective in 1993, he volunteered at narcotics rehabilitation centers in the area. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

His marriage to Annette Woodward was annulled.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Marsha Jones Woodward of Hampton; a son from his first marriage, Bernard Woodward Jr. of Atlanta; three children from his second marriage, Michael Woodward of Atlanta, Monique Woodward Davis of Jackson, N.C., and LaShawn Woodward Smith of Washington; four brothers, Gregory Woodward of Washington and Fred Woodward, Clarence Woodward and Ronald Woodward, all of New York City; and eight grandchildren.

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