Sunday, August 30, 2009

Jonathan M. 'Jake' Bair Training Center Director

Jonathan M. "Jake" Bair, 74, the retired director of a center that trains operators of wastewater treatment plants, died Aug. 7 at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center of complications from hip-replacement surgery. He also had post-polio syndrome, a degenerative condition affecting former polio patients.

Mr. Bair, who had worked in community development and environmental programs since the 1960s, helped found the Maryland Center for Environmental Training in 1982. He was director of the center, at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, until 2005. He continued to consult for the center until his death.

Jonathan Macy Bair was born in Boston and was a graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, from which he received a master's degree in philosophy in 1961. While studying for a doctorate in Spanish philosophy at Rutgers in the 1960s, he received a Fulbright fellowship and spent two years at the University of Zaragoza in Spain.

He returned to New Jersey to work with migrant workers and in 1967 became director of the Peace Corps program in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He settled in the Washington area in the early 1970s and was a fundraiser and grant writer for nonprofit groups involved in rural wastewater projects. He was a member of the Water and Waste Operators Association of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Bair had lived in Chevy Chase since 1990 and had a farm in Sinks Grove, W.Va. He was fluent in Spanish and was interested in music, books, food and photography.

His marriage to Judith Moezelaar Bair ended in divorce.

Survivors include his partner of 19 years, Nancy Scribner of Chevy Chase; two sons from his marriage, Lorne W. Bair of Winchester and Jonathan Lucas "Luke" Bair of Sinks Grove; a sister; a brother; and two grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

Grace Bowden Church Member

Grace Bowden, 86, a Rockville resident and member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethesda, died Aug. 6 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. She had pneumonia.

Mrs. Bowden was born Grace Scovill in Detroit. She was a 1948 graduate of what is now Wayne State University in Detroit, where she also received a master's degree in American literature in 1949.

She worked as an English teacher for a year in Puerto Rico, where she met George Bowden, whom she married in 1951. The couple moved to Schenectady, N.Y., where Mrs. Bowden became a librarian. The family settled in the Washington area in 1960.

George Bowden died in 2002.

Survivors include three children, Ellen Bowden of Kensington, George Bowden of Baltimore and Paul Bowden of Rockville; a sister; and four grandchildren.

-- Becky Krystal

Ana de la Torre Federal Lawyer

Ana de la Torre, 55, a retired lawyer with the Federal Labor Relations Authority, died Aug. 9 of multiple sclerosis at Wuesthoff Hospice Care Center in Rockledge, Fla. A former District resident, she had lived in Satellite Beach, Fla., since 1999.

Ms. de la Torre was born in Havana and grew up in Hollywood, Fla. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Jacksonville in 1974 and a master's degree in special education from the University of West Virginia in 1975. After teaching special education in West Virginia for a year, she received her law degree, with honors, from the Illinois Institute of Technology's law school in 1979.

That same year, she moved to the District and joined the FLRA, which governs labor relations between the federal government and its employees. She worked in the advice section and the Washington regional office. She retired because of her disability in 1999. From 1994 to 1999, she also maintained a private law practice, specializing in criminal and immigration law.

Ms. de la Torre's marriage to Theodore Bornstein ended in divorce.

Survivors include two daughters, Mariana Bornstein and Alejandra Bornstein, both of the District; her mother, Ana del Campo de la Torre of North Miami Beach, Fla.; and a brother.

-- Joe Holley

Robert Logwood Lumber Salesman

Robert Logwood, 83, a salesman for several area lumber companies, died Aug. 6 of respiratory illness at his home in Gainesville.

Mr. Logwood was born in Bedford, Va., and served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation machinist in the Pacific at the end of World War II.

Afterward, he began working for Murphy and Ames Lumber in Arlington, George E. Walker Lumber in Fairfax, U.S. Plywood in Alexandria and finally for Wisconsin's Algoma Hardwoods as the regional sales representative. He retired in 1989.

Mr. Logwood was a volunteer firefighter in Falls Church, donated more than 100 pints of his blood to the American Red Cross, and also volunteered for the American Lung Association and Meals on Wheels. He was a member of Burke United Methodist Church and Fairfax United Methodist Church.

His marriage to Lois Hoeck Logwood ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Nan Williams of Gainesville; three children from his first marriage, Donna McCaslin of Bellevue, Wash., Mike Logwood of Manassas and Richard Logwood of Kirkland, Wash.; three stepchildren, John Williams and Walt Williams, both of Reston, and Eric Williams of Falls Church; a sister, Sibyl Carrick of Vienna; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Helen M. 'Connie' Haydon Arlington Cemetery Volunteer

Helen M. "Connie" Haydon, 81, who volunteered for 20 years at Arlington National Cemetery, died Aug. 5 at the Avalon House assisted living facility in Falls Church. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Haydon came to the Washington area in 1977 and volunteered as an "Arlington Lady," representing the Air Force and assisting families at military funerals.

Helen Marie Kahny was born in Princeton, N.J. Her nickname, "Connie," was derived from her maiden name.

She graduated from Rutgers University's women's college in 1948 and received a master's degree in biology from Rutgers in 1951. She was a medical researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York in the early 1950s.

After her marriage in 1955, Mrs. Haydon lived in Morocco and in several places in the United States to which her husband had been transferred with the Air Force. They moved to Annandale in 1977 and later lived in Fredericksburg.

Mrs. Haydon was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale, where she served on church committees and helped lead a youth group. She later attended the Fort Belvoir chapel and sang in the chapel choir at Fort Myer. She was on the board of directors of the Military Council of Catholic Women and volunteered with the American Red Cross, the March of Dimes and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Mrs. Haydon developed Alzheimer's disease 10 years ago. Because the disease runs in her family, she decided to donate her brain to an Alzheimer's research project at Harvard University.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, retired Air Force Col. Robert E. Haydon of Fairfax County; three daughters, Elizabeth Haydon of Syracuse, N.Y., Susan Haydon of Fairfax City and Patricia Friedman of Fairfax Station; three sisters; and six grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

Carole A. Sheeran Congressional Aide

Carole A. Sheeran, 55, who was a congressional staff member on Capitol Hill, died Aug. 11 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She had epilepsy, which led to respiratory failure.

Mrs. Sheeran came to Washington in 1977 and joined the staff of Rep. Millicent Fenwick (R-N.J.), for whom she worked for several years.

She was born Carole Ann Stewart in Basking Ridge, N.J., and was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

She lived in Alexandria, volunteered at Inova Alexandria Hospital and was a volunteer disaster relief specialist for the American Red Cross. She was a support group leader for the Epilepsy Foundation and a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

She was an 11-year breast cancer survivor.

Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Gerard J. Sheeran, and son, Patrick S. Sheeran, both of Alexandria; her parents, George and Jean Stewart of Plano, Tex.; a brother; and two sisters.

-- Matt Schudel

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