Lucille Noel, Kent Ronhovde, Morgan Wallace, Karl Wipplinger die

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lucille M. Noel State Department Employee

Lucille M. Noel, 91, a State Department Bureau of Personnel employee who served from 1949 to 1951 as a Foreign Service officer in London, died of a stroke Feb. 14 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

She resigned from her job in London to marry a fellow Foreign Service officer, Cleo A. Noel, and accompanied him to posts in the Middle East and Europe. He was serving as the U.S. ambassador to Sudan in 1973 when he was taken hostage and slain in Khartoum by members of the Black September Palestinian militant group.

After her husband's death, Mrs. Noel returned to the State Department and worked in the Foreign Service Bureau of Personnel until her retirement in 1978.

Lucille McHenry was a native of Passaic, N.J., and a 1940 graduate of Montclair State Teacher's College in New Jersey. She joined the Navy Waves in 1943 and served at the Bureau of Ships in Washington and later at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River.

She was a docent at the home of the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo and a member of the Springfield Garden Club and the American Association of Foreign Service Women.

Survivors include two children, John Noel of Phoenix and Janet Regan of Chevy Chase; a sister, Frances McHenry of Bethesda; and five grandchildren.

-- Emma Brown

Kent M. Ronhovde Library of Congress Employee

Kent M. Ronhovde, 63, who had been associate director for congressional affairs and counselor to the director of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, died Feb. 19 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He had pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Ronhovde, a Bethesda resident, joined the Congressional Research Service in 1974 as a law clerk and legal analyst in the American law division. Since 1996, he had led a CRS orientation program for new members of Congress.

Kent McGregor Ronhovde was a native Washingtonian and a 1963 graduate of the private St. Albans School. He was a 1967 graduate of Harvard University and a 1974 graduate of Georgetown University law school. He received a master's degree in public administration from American University in 1981.

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