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

Wednesday, February 24, 2010; B08

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.

He served in Army intelligence during the Vietnam War.

He ran track at St. Albans, where he held a long-jump record for two decades and in 1987 completed the New York City Marathon. His hobbies included collecting and raising colorful moths.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Juliet Grennan Ronhovde, and their two daughters, Kristin R. Ostien and Brooke R. Fernandez, all of Bethesda; a brother, Erik Ronhovde of Washington; two sisters, Andrea Ronhovde and Nora R. Hohenlohe, both of Washington; and three grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Morgan A. Wallace Public Works Employee

Morgan A. Wallace, 65, who worked for 39 years for the Prince George's County Department of Public Works, died of a heart attack Feb. 6 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton.

Mr. Wallace plowed snow, picked up leaves and removed junk for the Public Works Department until retiring in 2005.

Morgan Alfonso Wallace was born in the District and lived in Upper Marlboro. He was a member of Adams United Methodist Church in Lothian.

In retirement, Mr. Wallace operated a stump-removal business. He enjoyed watching races at Budds Creek, a motocross track in Leonardtown.

His marriage to Winnie A. Wallace ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, James Wallace of Bamberg, Germany, Craig Wallace of Seat Pleasant and Vanessa Wallace of Cheverly; a sister, Arlethia Carter of the District; six brothers, Stanley Wallace of Baltimore, Thomas Wallace of Forestville, Arnold Wallace of Hillside and Michael Wallace, William Wallace and James Wallace, all of Lothian; and eight grandchildren.

-- Emma Brown

Karl Wipplinger Physician, Faculty Member

Karl Wipplinger, 81, a past director of internal medicine at George Washington University's medical school, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 17 at his home in Alexandria.

Dr. Wipplinger served on the GWU medical faculty for 45 years. He retired from clinical practice in 1994 but continued teaching until 2002. He was a multiple recipient of the school's outstanding teaching award.

Dr. Wipplinger was born in Steyr, Austria. He received his medical degree from the University of Vienna's medical school in 1953 and trained in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Linz, Austria. He completed his residency at GWU and then joined the faculty. He ran the staff's morning report conferences for more than 30 years.

He enjoyed playing bridge.

His marriage to Barbara Callahan ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Wipplinger of Alexandria.

-- Patricia Sullivan

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