Friday, December 8, 2006

Pauline Laycock AnnisHomemaker, Church Member

Pauline Laycock Annis, 94, a homemaker and longtime active member of Community United Methodist Church in Arlington, died of pneumonia Dec. 5 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. Formerly of Arlington, she had been an Alexandria resident at the Hermitage in Northern Virginia since 1989.

Mrs. Annis was born in Crewe, Va., and moved to Arlington as a young woman in the early 1930s. She and her husband also were active in a church in Alton Bay, N.H., where they spent their summers.

Her husband, Howard M. Annis, died in 1991.

Survivors include three children, Edward Gardner Annis of Manassas, Malcolm P. Annis and Priscilla L. Annis, both of Arlington; a sister; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Rocco 'Rocky' BerrySecurity Guard, Truck Driver

Rocco "Rocky" Anthony Berry, 47, an Army veteran, security guard and commercial truck driver, died Nov. 9 at his home in McLean of a pulmonary hemorrhage related to leukemia.

Mr. Berry had driven dump trucks for Fairfax Trucking for the past four years after working as a security guard for Mitre Corp. in McLean and Bloomingdale's at Tysons Corner.

He was born in an Army hospital in Berlin, where his father was stationed. He grew up in California, Kansas, Virginia and Germany, where he enjoyed playing baseball and football with the barracks teams.

Back in McLean for high school, he played the saxophone in the McLean High School marching band. After his graduation in 1977, he enlisted in the Army and served as a military police officer and photolithographer at Fort Belvoir.

A member of the McLean Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a two-year mission in California in the area from Watsonville to Bakersfield.

Mr. Berry enjoyed riding motorcycles with the Wednesday Night Crew in Northern Virginia and singing. He performed with bands in Northern Virginia, Washington and Ocean City, stirring audiences with his powerful rendition of the national anthem. He was a regular at his daughter's West Springfield High School events.

He also enjoyed biking, swimming, skiing, fishing and visiting Ocean City.

His marriage to Gloria Claros ended in divorce. His infant son, Jeffrey Berry, died in 1991.

Survivors include his daughter, Brittany Elizabeth Berry of McLean; his parents, Betty F. and William T. Berry of McLean; two sisters, Leslie Mileson of Stafford and Colonial Beach, Va., and Andrea S. Lotman of Fredericksburg; and a brother, Thomas P. Berry Sr. of Falls Church.

Mark E. BortonSecurities Lawyer

Mark Edward Borton, 77, a former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer who had a private securities law practice, died Nov. 28 at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida. He had an aortic aneurysm.

Mr. Borton worked at the SEC in Washington from 1955 to 1968, followed by seven years in securities law at a firm in Los Angeles. He then had a private law practice from his home in Reston until 1993.

He moved to Longwood, an Orlando suburb, in 1993, and continued working in law. His primary client was Williams Industries Inc., a steel company in Manassas.

He was born in Glasgow, Mont., and was raised in Arlington, where he graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1947.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Arizona State University and a master's degree in economics from the University of Virginia. He graduated from George Washington University law school in 1957.

He served in the Army in Germany during the Korean War.

His marriages to Barbara Jo Borton and Carole LaRue Borton ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children from his second marriage, Victoria Florestano of Reston, Virginia Carroll of Henderson, Nev., and Laura Borton of Houston; a sister; and two grandchildren.

James P. Hopkins IVNaval Officer, FAA Specialist

James P. Hopkins IV, 55, a retired lieutenant commander in the Navy who worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, died at Inova Fairfax Hospital Nov. 28 after a car accident at Old Keene Mill Road and Tiverton Drive in Springfield.

Lt. Cmdr. Hopkins had been an international aviations operations specialist at the FAA since 2001. He was relatively new to the agency when he alerted his supervisor to what seemed to be a link between one of the Sept. 11 hijackers and a person who had received aviation training at the FAA Academy.

Lt. Cmdr. Hopkins wanted to contact FAA security officials, but his supervisor disagreed and fired him. He was reinstated after the Office of Special Counsel concluded that the firing violated the whistle-blower protection law. The person Lt. Cmdr. Hopkins identified had been under questioning by the FBI but was later cleared.

He was born at Camp Lejeune, N.C., grew up in Alexandria and graduated from Edison High School, where he was on the track and cross-country teams. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 and for the next 20 years lived all around the world, with stints in Hawaii, Guam, Venezuela, Virginia and Okinawa, Japan, working as a navigator, tactical coordinator and defense intelligence analyst.

After his military retirement in 1993, he taught Naval Junior ROTC at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring for eight years.

Lt. Cmdr. Hopkins was a member of Springfield United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school and English as a Second Language. He volunteered for his children's swim teams.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Kay Henning Hopkins of Springfield; three children, Joanne Hopkins of Arlington, Jeff Hopkins of Savannah, Ga., and Frank Hopkins of Springfield; his mother, Mary Lee Hopkins of Williamsburg; and a sister, Janet Davis of Herndon.

Geraldine Roppe NixonAir Force Veteran

Geraldine "Gerry" Nixon, 87, an Air Force veteran and church member, died of pneumonia Nov. 27 at Greenspring Village in Springfield.

She was born in Fall River, Mass., and worked as a labor foreman at a local textile mill until she joined the Army Air Corps early in World War II. She was among the first women to join the Air Force when it was created in the late 1940s. She met her husband while in the Air Force, before her discharge in 1949.

When her husband was in the Air Force, they raised their children while traveling around the world. In 1966, the family settled in Clinton, where Mrs. Nixon was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. In the early 1980s, the couple moved to Port Charlotte, Fla.

After her husband, Mack W. Nixon, died in 1990, Mrs. Nixon returned to the Washington area in the early 1990s. She moved to Greenspring Village in 1999.

She belonged to a bowling league in Springfield and was a donor to the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Survivors include three children, Mark Nixon of Chatham, N.J., Pam Corrigan of Springfield and Judy Nixon of Gaithersburg; and three grandsons.

Mona Michaels PollackGerontologist, Social Worker

Mona Michaels Pollack, 58, a gerontologist and social worker who helped people in assisted-living centers speak up for themselves, died of breast cancer Dec. 4 at her home in Potomac.

Ms. Pollack developed an ombudsman program for assisted-living facilities in 1997 with a grant from the Montgomery County Department of Aging and Disability Services. The award-winning program relies on volunteers who help residents in care centers speak out and influence the operation of their homes. It has a staff of 28 volunteers who oversee residents in 125 group homes and 26 large facilities.

The National Association of Counties gave it a national award in 2000 for excellence in innovative programming, and five years later, Ms. Pollack was honored for her contributions to a committee that did disaster planning for assisted-living facilities.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Brooklyn College. She received a master's degree in social work in 1972 from Columbia University and a doctorate in human development in 1982 from the University of Maryland.

She worked as a geriatric social worker and clinical assistant professor in George Washington University's health-care sciences department. She also managed her own business, Senior Care Advocates, which provided services to aging people and their families.

With the Consumer Consortium for Assisted Living, she helped to produce a video about choosing a place to live. It won a national award from the Mature Market Resource Center.

Ms. Pollack was a member of Temple Beth Ami in Rockville.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Dr. Murray M. Pollack of Potomac; two children, Dr. Seth M. Pollack of Arlington and Haley M. Pollack of Madison, Wis.; a brother; and her mother, Esther Michaels of Brooklyn, N.Y.

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