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Obituaries

Peter S. KoromilasCIA Officer

Peter S. Koromilas, 78, a former CIA officer and chief of four stations in Europe and the Middle East, died of cancer June 10 at Manor Care nursing home in Bethesda.

Mr. Koromilas worked for the CIA for 37 years, with 29 of those years spent overseas. He spent his first years in Greece, arriving just after the country's civil war, and became one of the agency's foremost experts on Greece. He remained involved in the CIA's work in Greece, both from Athens and from his posts in Washington, through 1973.

He was born in Dover, N.H., and graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He did postgraduate work in chemistry at the University of New Hampshire, joining the government in 1951. He retired from the CIA in 1988 and was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit for operational excellence.

He then worked about two years for News America Publishing Inc., collecting information for the Daily Intelligence Brief, a faxed publication for businesses.

Mr. Koromilas was fluent in Greek and had a working knowledge of French, German, Dutch and Arabic. He was a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society, and the Meridian House International, as well as in organizations of former CIA agents. He enjoyed philosophy, art, music, swimming, fishing and hunting, as well as a good game of poker.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary-Anne Kuttn Koromilas of Washington; two children, Paula K. Robyn of Weston, Conn., and Spencer P. Koromilas of Montreal; and five grandchildren.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Lucille Edith RoderickChina Painter, Designer

Lucille Edith Roderick, 90, an artist who painted china and taught art at Georgetown University and in her home, died of cancer June 15 at Reading Hospital in Pennsylvania. She had lived in Wyomissing, Pa., since 2000.

She was a certified artist and teacher in international porcelain who taught china painting for more than 45 years. Before moving to Wyomissing, she had lived in Falls Church for more than 50 years.

She was the founder and owner of Lucille's Art Studio and House of China there for 30 years until 2000.

Mrs. Roderick also was a clothing designer, entrepreneur, horticultural designer and volunteer at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Falls Church, where she lived for more than 50 years.

She was born in Enfield, Maine, and graduated from Thomas Business College in Maine and Ben Franklin University in Washington. She also graduated from design schools in Maine and Washington.

As a horticultural designer, she won an award from the American Rose Society for her rose gardens in Falls Church. In Reading, she assisted as a floral designer for Garden of Angels Florist.

Her husband, Ernest J. Roderick, died in 1998.

Survivors include two children, David E. Roderick of Eugene, Ore., and Frances Heather A. Lutz of West Reading, Pa.; a sister; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb

Stephen Wayne RawlingsCensus Employee

Stephen Wayne Rawlings, 62, a retired Census Bureau employee and community volunteer, died of frontotemporal dementia July 12 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Washington and St. Davids Church, Va.

Mr. Rawlings worked for the Census Bureau from 1977 to 1995 after a brief stint at the agency early in his career.

He was born in Brady, Tex., and moved to Washington in 1967 after graduating from the University of Texas.

He served on the staff of Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-Tex.) and was a research analyst with the U.S. Commission on Population Growth and the American Future, the Rural Housing Alliance and Rural America.

His love of travel and adventure took him to Australia, where he lived for two years and worked in research and development at the Melbourne Board of Works.

In Washington, he was a volunteer at Washington National Cathedral, worked with Meals on Wheels and helped at Food and Friends. In the Shenandoah Valley, he volunteered time to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and the Shenandoah County Historical Society. He liked hiking with family and friends on the trails of national parks and national forests. He also enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Brenda Rawlings of Washington and St. Davids Church; a sister; and a brother.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Franklin G. BabbittNavy Captain

Franklin Goodspeed "Smiley" Babbitt, 84, a naval captain in the submarine service and naval intelligence, died June 26 at Sunrise assisted living in Oakton. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Capt. Babbitt, a native of Rushford, N.Y., attended Houghton College before receiving a congressional appointment to the Naval Academy in Annapolis. He graduated in 1945, part of an accelerated Class of 1946 during World War II. He served aboard numerous submarines, including the Spinax, Volador, Chivo Balao and Thornback.

In 1961, he became an assistant naval attache in Moscow, followed by postings in the Washington area and abroad. From 1973 to 1975, Capt. Babbitt managed 16 defense and attache offices in western and southern Europe. He retired from the Navy in 1975.

He spent his remaining years as a gentleman farmer, historian and genealogical researcher. He enjoyed tailgating parties at Navy football games.

His first two wives died: Norma Babbitt died in 1977 and Frances Anne Babbitt died in 1988.

Survivors include his wife of seven years, Suzanne Babbitt of Oakton; two children from his first marriage, Melissa Crane of Atlanta and David Babbitt of Waco, Tex.; five stepchildren, Sara Bishop of Morgantown, W.Va., Jessica Herschenroder of Centreville, Carrie Newcome of Fairfax County and Cornelius Arthur McCauley Jr. and Clinton McCauley, both of Herndon; and eight grandchildren.

-- Patricia Sullivan


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