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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Arlene Louise FreguliaPublic Health Educator

Arlene Louise Fregulia, 70, a D.C. government public health educator, died Aug. 29 of cancer at her home in the Kingstowne community of Fairfax County.

Ms. Fregulia was born in Oakland, Calif., and was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She then worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California as a research technician.

From 1962 to 1964, she served in the Peace Corps in Brazil. She worked briefly in public health in Bakersfield, Calif., and received a master's degree in public health education in 1966 from the University of Michigan.

She moved to the District in 1966 and worked in public health education with the D.C. government, concentrating on infant care, infant mortality projects and maternal health education. She retired in 1991.

Ms. Fregulia traveled widely overseas and traveled throughout Africa, Asia and the British Isles. She also raised several bichon frise dogs.

She lived in Arlington and Alexandria before settling in Fairfax County.

There are no immediate survivors.

Elton G. NelsonFiber Crop Expert

Elton G. Nelson, 95, a fiber crop expert who retired as an assistant director in the Office of Textiles in the Department of Commerce, died of complications of pneumonia Aug. 25 at the Maplewood retirement community in Bethesda.

In 1937, five months before graduating from Oregon State University, Dr. Nelson began conducting research on fiber flax for the Agricultural Research Administration of the U.S. Agriculture Department in Corvallis, Ore. He continued the flax work until 1948, when he went on a special eight-month assignment with the State Department to study jute in India and Pakistan and was stationed in Calcutta, India, now known as Kolkata.

He returned to the Agricultural Research Administration, this time in Beltsville, where he directed agronomic research on long vegetable fiber crops. He was a recognized authority on these crops.

From 1960 to 1963, Dr. Nelson was with what is now the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, serving first as agronomist and then as assistant to the science adviser for Latin America. He joined the Commerce Department in 1963 and retired in 1970.

For his work in fiber crops, he was included in American Men and Women of Science.

A native of Elgin, Ore., he graduated from Oregon State in 1937 and received a master's degree in agronomy in 1946. He received a PhD in agronomy and plant genetics at the University of Minnesota in 1961.

He worked his way through college at jobs that included driving a truck, selling Real Silk hosiery and conducting shipping point inspections of fruits and vegetables for the state of Oregon.

He lived in the Washington area 56 years.

Since 1985, he had volunteered regularly with Friends of the Kennedy Center at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

His marriage to Lucille Wilkins ended in divorce.

His wife, Alice Fray Nelson, whom he married in 1950, died in 1983.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Nikki Smith and Thomas A. Nelson, both of Sacramento; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Catherine C. TousleyEmergency Room Nurse

Catherine C. Tousley, 72, an emergency room nurse, died Sept. 12 at her home in Fairfax County of complications after neurosurgery.

Mrs. Tousley worked at Inova's Access of Fairfax urgent care clinic from 1986 until she retired in 1998. In the 1970s, she worked at Inova Commonwealth Care Center in cardiac and intensive care.

She was born Catherine Lillian Coffey in Voss, N.D., and grew up on her family's sugar beet farm. She graduated from nurse's training at Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D. She married a National Park Service employee and then lived in California, Minnesota, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts.

Her husband of 39 years, Richard S. Tousley, died in 1996.

Survivors include five children, Betsy T. Wilco of Manassas, Jennifer T. Moynihan of Beverly, Mass., Nikki C. Tousley of Dayton, Ohio, and Susan T. Kinsley and R. Jeffrey Tousley, both of Fairfax County; and six grandchildren.

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