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George W. CooperNSA Engineer

George W. Cooper, 55, who had been a National Security Agency engineer since 1990, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 20 at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia after running in a race.

Earlier Mr. Cooper, a resident of Fulton in Howard County, worked for the Voice of America and the Ralph M. Parsons engineering and construction organization.

George Wayne Cooper was a native of Paterson, N.J., and in 1975 received bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Michigan. He received a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1986.

He did volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and Christian Reformed Church of Washington, of which he was a member. He also was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Howard County Striders runners group.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Elizabeth Lawrence Cooper, and two daughters, Rachel Cooper and Jennifer Cooper, all of Fulton; his parents, Jess and Myrtle Cooper of Prospect Park, N.J.; a sister; and two brothers.

-- Adam Bernstein

John J. EcheverryPsychologist

John J. Echeverry, 54, a research psychologist at George Washington University, died Aug. 29 of colon cancer at his home in Takoma Park.

Dr. Echeverry, who also had a private practice, often worked with young immigrant Latinos. His clinical specialties included substance abuse, HIV-AIDS and cross-cultural adaptation. He taught seminars on interviewing skills to GWU medical students and supervised psychotherapy trainees.

At the time of his death, he was conducting a study for the National Institute on Drug Abuse on risk-taking behavior among gay Latino men.

Dr. Echeverry was born in Pereira, Colombia, and moved to Philadelphia with his family when he was 12. He graduated from La Salle University and received a master's degree in psychology from Temple University in 1983. He received a doctorate in psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991.

He was a member of the National Hispanic Science Network and served on a minority fellowship advisory committee of the American Psychological Association.

He enjoyed photography, international travel and dancing.

Survivors include his parents, Jose and Marina Echeverry of Surfside, Fla., and a brother.

-- Matt Schudel

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