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Obituaries

His wife of 49 years, Fern Miller Henig, died in 1989.

Survivors include two sons, David Henig of Sylvan Lake, Mich., and Les Henig of Garrett Park; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

John W. 'Jack' Gray Jr. Phone Company Executive

John W. "Jack" Gray Jr., 78, who spent 35 years with the Bell telephone system before retiring in the mid-1990s as corporate vice president of federal governmental relations at AT&T, died Jan. 14 at the Goodwin House retirement community's nursing center in Alexandria. He had corticobasal degeneration, a neurological disorder.

Mr. Gray was a board member of the Inova Health System in the 1980s and 1990s, and he was a former chairman of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He was a former advisory board chairman of the Salvation Army in Alexandria and a former advisory board member of Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business.

John Walker Gray Jr., an Alexandria resident, was born in Atlanta and raised in Newport News, Va. He was a 1952 business administration graduate of Virginia Tech and a 1957 graduate of the University of Virginia law school, where he worked on the law review. He served in the Air Force in the mid-1950s.

He spent his early legal career with the Washington law firm of Covington and Burling and with the Norfolk and Western Railway in Roanoke.

His memberships included Rotary International, Belle Haven Country Club and the Metropolitan Club of Washington. He served on the vestry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Alexandria. He had a second home in Lottsburg, on Virginia's Northern Neck.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nancy Lumpkin Gray of Alexandria; three sons, John W. Gray III of Redmond, Wash., Burton S. Gray of Springfield and David B. Gray of Alexandria; a brother, Dr. F. Bradley Gray of Irvington, Va.; and four grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Charles H. Craig Computer Salesman

Charles H. Craig, 90, a former IBM salesman of data processing machines whose clients included Amtrak and what is now USAirways, died Jan. 13 at his home in Alexandria of cardiac arrest.

Mr. Craig worked for IBM beginning in 1941. He left the company to serve as a flight trainer for the Army Air Forces during World War II.

In 1945, he rejoined the company, helping to open offices in New York, Miami and Washington. In 1983, he retired and settled in Alexandria.

Charles Howard Craig was born in Corning, N.Y., and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Syracuse University in 1941. He was a member of Belle Haven Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Fariss Craig, and two children, Michael Craig and Nancy Craig Blackburn, all of Alexandria; and two grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Marjorie B. Billard Army Wife, Church Member

Marjorie B. Billard, 90, an Army wife who settled in the Washington area in about 1970 and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Alexandria, died Jan. 11 at Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Alexandria. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Billard married in 1940 and did volunteer work for the American Red Cross while accompanying her husband on his military assignments. Through Christ Episcopal Church, she did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels. She was a resident of the Alexandria part of Fairfax County.

Marjorie Bullock was born to American parents in the Panama Canal Zone, where her father was working as an engineer.

After graduating from a junior college in Panama and Strayer business school in Baltimore, she did secretarial work at the insurance company USF&G in Baltimore before her marriage. Her hobbies included painting in watercolors and oils, playing piano and performing in community theater.

A son, Army Cpl. J. Frederic Billard, died in a car accident in 1967.

Survivors include her husband, retired Army Col. Jules F. Billard of Fairfax; a son, William Billard of Woodbridge; and three grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Rudolph Peets Sr. Mapping Agency Employee

Rudolph Peets Sr., 74, a navigational scientist who digitized maps for naval routes at what is now the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, died Jan. 7 at Suburban Hospital after a stroke.

Mr. Peets joined the Naval Oceanographic Office in the late 1960s. By the time he retired in 1999, it was the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. From 1965 to 1967, he was a mathematics technician at the Pentagon, reviewing and verifying the math in statistical reports.

Mr. Peets was a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and a 1965 mathematics and economics graduate of what is now North Carolina A&T State University. He moved to the Washington area in 1965 and was a Bowie resident. Early in his career, he was an Army medic and a mail sorter for the old Post Office Department.

He was a bowler and won back-to-back Amateur Bowlers Tour tournaments at the Capital Plaza bowling lanes in Hyattsville in 1992 and 1993.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Cecelia Hill Peets, and two children, Rudolph Peets Jr. and Christy Peets, all of Bowie; and a granddaughter.

-- Alexander F. Remington

Richard A. Musolino Liquor Store Proprietor

Richard A. Musolino, 59, who co-owned and operated Village Pump Liquors in College Park in the 1970s and 1980s, died Jan. 15 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He had congestive heart failure.

Village Pump Liquors was a former gas station in College Park owned by Mr. Musolino's parents and which they converted to a liquor store in the early 1970s. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Musolino came to serve as its proprietor.

In 1988, he moved from the Washington area to North Carolina, where he took reservations at an American Airlines call center until retiring in 1996.

Richard Anthony Musolino was a native Washingtonian, a 1967 graduate of St. John's College High School in Washington and a 1971 philosophy and religion graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee. In 1972, he received a master's degree in legal studies from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Virginia Katherine Hicks "Katy" Musolino, and two children, Emily Musolino and John Musolino, all of Durham.

-- Alexander F. Remington

Emily E. Christmas Virologist

Emily Everhart Christmas, 91, a virologist at Children's Hospital in Washington for about 20 years until retiring in the early 1980s, died Jan. 16 at Heartfields Assisted Living at Fredericksburg. She had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Mrs. Christmas was a native of Columbus, Ohio, and a 1939 bacteriology graduate of Ohio State University, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. In the early 1940s, she was a lab technician at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.

She was a resident of Fairfax County's Mount Vernon neighborhood, and her memberships included Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria and the Mount Vernon Garden Club. She was founding president of the Alpha Phi sorority alumni chapter of Northern Virginia.

Her husband, Francis F. Christmas, whom she married in 1940, died in 1996.

Survivors include three children, Carolyn Rosenfelder of Wilmington, N.C., Richard Christmas of Corpus Christi, Tex., and Linda Smith-Christmas of Stafford; five grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

-- Adam Bernstein

Mary S. Heinze Prince George's Teacher

Mary S. Heinze, 95, who taught at Beltsville elementary and junior high schools off and on from the 1950s until retiring in 1977, died Jan. 6 at Collington Episcopal Life Care Community in Mitchellville. She had dementia.

Mrs. Heinze began her teaching career in a one-room rural school in central Missouri in the mid-1930s, and she subsequently taught in the Florida Panhandle before settling in the Washington area in 1949.

She was a past College Park chapter president of the American Association of University Women and a life member of Delta Kappa Gamma society of women educators.

Mary Summers was a native of Randolph Springs, Mo., and a 1936 graduate of Kirksville State Teachers College (now Truman State University) in Missouri.

A former Beltsville resident, Mrs. Heinze had lived the past 18 years at Collington and volunteered there as a book club organizer.

Her husband of 60 years, Peter H. Heinze, died in 2000.

Survivors include three sons, Gerald Heinze of Mill Valley, Calif., Donald Heinze of Annapolis and Marvin Heinze of Coronado, Calif.; and a grandson.

-- Adam Bernstein

Marian McKinnon Palmes Homemaker, DAR Employee

Marian McKinnon Palmes, 83, a former Arlington County homemaker and retired research assistant with the Daughters of the American Revolution, died Jan. 20 at Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg, Va., of complications of Parkinson's disease.

Mrs. Palmes was born in Detroit and received her undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 1948.

After serving for two years in the Army, where she worked as an occupational therapist, she married Gaines Kenneth Palmes, settled in Arlington and became a homemaker.

After her husband died in 1980, she took a position with the Daughters of the American Revolution, where her responsibilities included managing the microfiche service in the genealogy department. She retired in 1994 and moved to Blacksburg.

Mrs. Palmes enjoyed quilting and knitting. She made hats for cancer patients and donated blankets for police officers and firefighters to have on hand for emergencies. She also knitted liners for soldiers' helmets during the Persian Gulf War.

Survivors include three children, Kathleen Poole of Blacksburg, Guy Palmes of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Stephen Palmes of New Orleans; and five grandchildren.

-- Joe Holley

Margaret G. 'Margot' Phillips Business Owner

Margaret G. "Margot" Phillips, 86, who owned and operated a self-named public relations firm in the Washington area for about 40 years, died Dec. 23 at the Goodwin House retirement community in Alexandria. She had coronary artery disease.

Mrs. Phillips, who also was a freelance travel writer, began her company after settling in the Washington area in the 1950s. She specialized in representing cultural organizations, such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Inter-American Music Festival Foundation, Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts and the Textile Museum.

Margaret Albert Gooch was a native of Bronxville, N.Y., and a graduate of the private St. Mary's Hall school in Burlington, N.J., and the Erskine School in Boston. Through her mother, she was a descendant of Revolutionary army Gen. John Mead.

She was a former president of the American News Women's Club and a member of American Women in Radio and Television.

Her husband, retired Navy Capt. Jewett O. Phillips Jr., whom she married in 1943, died in 1995.

Survivors include a son, Peter G. Phillips of Winter Park, Fla.; and two granddaughters.

-- Adam Bernstein


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