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During the 1970s and '80s, Mr. DeArmitt volunteered as a baseball, softball and basketball coach and as an umpire for Vienna Youth, a sports league. He also volunteered with the Vienna Theatre Company and the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Sara Cacciotti DeArmitt of Sarasota; five children, Jean Cox of Sarasota, Jack DeArmitt of Ashburn, Ruth Taylor of Richmond, Ray DeArmitt of Raleigh, N.C., and Elizabeth Harless of Rockville; and 13 grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Walter I. 'Jack' Giles Georgetown Professor

Walter I. "Jack" Giles, 89, a government professor at Georgetown University whose American government and constitutional law classes were considered intellectual proving grounds for future lawyers and legislators, including President Bill Clinton, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 9 at the Emeritus assisted living facility in Arlington County.

Dr. Giles joined the Georgetown faculty in 1947 and retired in 1990. Clinton, of the Georgetown Class of 1968, called Dr. Giles one of his favorite professors, according to David Maraniss's biography of the former president, "First In His Class" (1995).

Walter Irb Giles was a native of Hollis, Okla., and a 1943 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. After serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he returned to Georgetown and received a master's degree in 1945 and a doctorate in 1956.

In 1949, Dr. Giles helped found the Gold Key Society, Georgetown's honor society, which later became the school's Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Dr. Giles received numerous awards from Georgetown in recognition of his service.

He moved to the assisted living home this year from Rosslyn.

He had no immediate survivors.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

Joan C. Reilly-Holm Nurse

Joan Campion Reilly-Holm, 75, a registered nurse who worked at a nursing home and a hospice in the Washington area during the 1980s and was the director of nursing at Doctors Hospital in the District from 1972 to 1979, died Oct. 31 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York of complications from pancreatitis. She lived in Goshen, N.Y.

From 1981 to 1984, Mrs. Reilly-Holm was director of nursing at Camelot Hall Nursing Home in Arlington County. From 1984 to 1986, she worked at the Washington Home, a hospice in the District.

Joan Marie Campion was born in Goshen, N.Y. She received a nursing degree from St. Vincent's School of Nursing in New York in the mid-1950s. During the late 1960s, she worked at Georgetown University Hospital as an assistant director of nursing. She moved to the District in 1958 and to Purgitsville, W.Va., in 1986, where she lived until the mid-1990s.

Her husband of 12 years, Edward J. Reilly, died in 1970. She later married Paul L. Holm, who died in February after 35 years of marriage.

Survivors include four children from her first marriage, Megan Reilly of Aspen, Colo., Moira Hollenbeck of Cumberland, R.I., Patrick Reilly of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Edmund Reilly of Gaithersburg; two stepsons, Jeff Holm of Woodbury, Pa., and David Holm of Prince Frederick; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Arthur H. Livermore Science Educator

Arthur H. Livermore, 94, a former director of science education for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Oct. 12 at Seacoast Nursing Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester, Mass.

Dr. Livermore worked for the AAAS in Washington from 1963 to 1981, developing science curricula for elementary schools and trying to improve the quality of science instruction at all levels. He worked with teachers in Japan, the Philippines and China, and spent 18 months with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Penang, Malaysia, training educators from eight Southeast Asian countries.

He led seminars in South America, Europe and Israel, and in the 1970s directed a program for a university science lecturers' exchange between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

After retirement, he worked as a science adviser and teacher at the Washington International School and volunteered in D.C. public schools. He consulted for Arlington's Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education, pioneering a balloon launch to teach meteorological concepts to elementary and middle school students, and worked on the development of the Einstein Fellows program, which placed science and math teachers on congressional members' staffs.

Arthur Hamilton Livermore was born in Monroe, Wash., on Aug. 14, 1915, and grew up in Portland, Ore. He graduated from Reed College in Portland, and in 1944 received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Rochester in New York. He worked on the team that first synthesized penicillin under Vincent du Vigneaud, who won the 1955 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Dr. Livermore taught biochemistry at Cornell University's medical school until 1948, when he returned to Oregon. He taught at Reed for the next 15 years while also hosting a live television program on science on local TV.

In Washington, Dr. Livermore sang in the choir at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, where he taught Sunday school and in 1998 was named lay person of the year. He was a member of the Cosmos Club as well as the American Institute of Chemists and other scientific organizations. He moved to Gloucester in 2006.

His marriage to Janet Hays ended in divorce. His second wife, Jane Marye Livermore, died in 2006.

Survivors include five children from his first marriage, Dr. Barbara May Livermore of Sacramento, Arthur Hamilton Livermore Jr. of Falcon Cove, Ore., Audrey Janet Livermore of Seattle and Lewis Hays Livermore and David Gillmore Livermore, both of Portland, Ore.; a son from his second marriage, John Livermore of Gloucester; a brother; and 11 grandchildren.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Amel R. Menotti Lab Research Director

Amel R. Menotti, 96, who spent much of his career as research director of Bristol Laboratories of Syracuse, N.Y., died Oct. 28 at Leisure World in Silver Spring. He had complications from bladder cancer.

Dr. Menotti spent his early career working on the production of the antibiotic penicillin for military use during World War II. At Bristol, his research group was responsible for developing a number of drugs, including a family of semi-synthetic penicillin and anti-cancer drugs.

Amel Romeo Menotti was born in Cervara, Italy, and raised in central Utah. He was a 1937 graduate of Antioch College in Ohio and received a doctorate in organic chemistry from Ohio State University in 1940.

He settled in the Washington area about 1990 and moved into Leisure World. His memberships included the Cosmos Club and the Kiwanis Club at Leisure World chapter. He was a past chairman of the Gordon Research Conferences, a gathering of scientists.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Mary Pia Menotti of Silver Spring; four children, David Menotti of Potomac, Marilyn Raymond of Bethesda, Robert Menotti of Clinton, N.Y., and Nancy Huntzinger of Sylvania, Ohio; a sister; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Elizabeth 'Betty' Puzak Nurse

Elizabeth Kurtz "Betty" Puzak, 92, a nurse who worked in the Washington area for more than 40 years, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 15 at the Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. She lived in Arlington County before moving to Naples in the late 1980s.

In 1941, Mrs. Puzak earned a master's degree in nursing from Yale University. While studying there, she met her future husband, Dr. Michael Puzak, a Yale University medical school graduate who specialized as a genitourinary surgeon. The couple married in 1942 and moved to the Washington area shortly afterward.

Dr. Puzak opened a private practice in Arlington, where Mrs. Puzak worked as the head nurse and manager for more than 40 years before retiring in 1989. From 1974 to 1982, she taught graduate nursing classes at the University of Virginia's Fairfax campus.

Elizabeth Laizure Kurtz was born in Altoona, Pa., and graduated in 1938 from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. Her husband died in 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Gail Scott of Georgetown, and a granddaughter.

Mrs. Puzak enjoyed playing golf. She was not a particularly skilled player, her family said, but during one round at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, she hit a hole-in-one. She never played another round of golf after that.

-- T. Rees Shapiro


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