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Monday, July 9, 2007

Michael Joseph HayEconomist

Michael Joseph Hay, 65, a retired economist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, died of complications from multiple sclerosis June 12 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Dr. Hay was born in Minneapolis and attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota before joining the Peace Corps in 1963. He was a volunteer in the West African country of Guinea for two years and became interested in economic development while assigned to an agricultural station. He met and married his wife, a fellow Peace Corps volunteer, in Guinea.

After returning to the United States, Dr. Hay completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota and received a doctorate in agricultural and applied economics from the university in 1974. In 1971-72, he conducted research in Tunisia for his dissertation on rural-to-urban migration.

He moved to Alexandria in 1974 to work for the Environmental Protection Agency, then transferred to the Fish and Wildlife Service two years later. He worked in the policy and planning division, later the division of economics, until he retired in 2004. He worked on projects affecting the California sea otter and the Oregon spotted owl.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Ann Marie Y. Hay of Alexandria; two children, David C. Hay of Orange, Va., and Megan E. Hay of Williamsburg; a brother; two sisters; and three grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

Paul B. RichardsMathematician

Paul B. Richards, 82, who was a mathematician with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, died June 30 of kidney failure at his home in Harrisonburg, Va.

Dr. Richards was born in North Attleboro, Mass., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946. After serving in the Navy, he received master's degrees in mathematics in the 1950s from Harvard University and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He received a doctorate in mathematics from Case Western in 1959.

In 1968, he joined the Naval lab, where his research on the motion of celestial objects was applied to the manned space flight program.

Dr. Richards was a fellow of the American Astronautical Society and, as its president in 1971-72, promoted commercial applications of space technology. He also co-wrote a book on computerized systems to help evacuate victims for medical treatment during disasters.

After retiring in 1995, Dr. Richards moved from Alexandria to Sarasota, Fla., where he was a tour guide at the Mote Marine Laboratory. He moved to Harrisonburg about a month ago.

His marriage to Phyllis Gray Richards ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth M. Richards of Harrisonburg; five children from his first marriage, Donald Richards of Bloomingdale, N.J., Barbara Richards of Gaithersburg, Steven Richards and Meagan Richards, both of Kensington, and Paula Richards of Salisbury, Mass.; a sister; a brother; and six grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

William C. BehnkeAir Force Pilot

William C. Behnke, 86, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who was a World War II fighter pilot, died of a heart attack June 24 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.

Col. Behnke was born in Evansville, Ind., and graduated from Evansville University. He joined the National Guard as a student and was transferred to the Army Air Forces at the beginning of World War II.

He spent five years in the Pacific theater as a fighter squadron commander and participated in a 1945 raid that rescued 500 U.S. prisoners from a Japanese prisoner camp in Cabanatuan, Philippines. The mission was the basis for the 2005 film "The Great Raid."

Col. Behnke later served at NATO headquarters in Europe and at the Pentagon.

He lived in Fairfax City for many years and later in Solomons before moving to Fredericksburg seven years ago. He enjoyed sailing and golf and was a member of Peace United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg and of the Quiet Birdmen, a flying organization.

His marriage to Claudia Knight Behnke ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Berit Behnke of Fredericksburg; two children from his first marriage, William C. Behnke Jr. of Cascade, Ore., and Carolyn Bradley of Boulder Creek, Calif.; two stepchildren, Michael Neely of Locust Grove, Va., and Melinda Walker of Savannah, Ga.; a brother; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

-- Matt Schudel

Carmen B. Gladfelter MillsDAR Member, Flower Arranger

Carmen B. Gladfelter Mills, 87, who held offices with the Daughters of the American Revolution and was an award-winning flower arranger, died July 2 of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome at Buckingham's Choice retirement community in Adamstown.

Mrs. Mills, who was born in Cherry Tree, Pa., and grew up in Endicott, N.Y., moved to Arlington County after World War II. She lived in Rockville from 1953 to 1975.

Her extensive research in genealogy led her to join the DAR, and from 1971 to 1973 she served as regent of the Col. Tench Tilghman Chapter in Bethesda. She also served for many years on the board of directors of the Casper Glattfelder Association of America, a group of descendants of an early immigrant to Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Mills enjoyed flower arranging and won many prizes for her arrangements at the Washington Flower and Garden Show.

She was a member of Rockville Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir, played violin, decorated the church and participated in women's groups. She also enjoyed playing the piano and organ at home.

She and her husband moved to Fairfield, Pa., in 1974 and wrote a history of the region near Gettysburg, Pa. Mrs. Mills lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring from 1989 to 2001 before moving to Adamstown.

Her husband, George F. Mills, died in 1985.

Survivors include three children, Diane M. Wright of North Potomac, Craig Mills of Garland, Tex., and Eric Mills of Gaithersburg; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

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