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Nancy S. Martin, 71, a onetime administrator at St. Elizabeths Hospital who also organized musical events and historic preservation efforts, died Feb. 10 of ovarian cancer at Georgetown University Hospital.

Ms. Martin came to Washington in 1969 and worked several years as an administrator with the mental health division of the public defender's office at St. Elizabeths.

She served on the board of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and staged musicales at private homes, often performing on piano. She was also the founder and director of the Delmarva Piano Festival in Rehoboth Beach, Del., where she and her family had a second home.

In Rehoboth Beach, Ms. Martin helped found Save Our City, a group dedicated to preserving the resort's small-town character. In 2009, she was the first recipient of the Rehoboth Beach Village Improvement Association's Exemplary Citizenship award.

Nancy Jane Sand was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a graduate of the University of Colorado. She received a master's degree in education in 1969 from what is now Alaska Pacific University and helped supervise schools for native Alaskans. She also campaigned for Democratic presidential candidates.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Guy Richard Martin of Washington; two daughters, Sorin Sand Martin of Boulder, Colo., and Summer A. Martin of Washington; and a sister.

-- Matt Schudel

Helen Roumel TV Station Employee

Helen Roumel, 88, a former employee of the old WTOP-TV, died Feb. 12 of a stroke at Collingswood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rockville.

From 1960 to 1980, Mrs. Roumel was a secretary at WTOP, which later became WUSA-TV. Before her work at the station, she was a full-time homemaker.

Helen Stephanos was born in Danville, Va., and her parents moved to Washington when she was a toddler. She attended McKinley High School.

In January 1961, dressed as a Greek goddess, Mrs. Roumel rode in a float during President John F. Kennedy's inaugural parade.

She was a member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington.

Her husband of 41 years, John T. Roumel, died in 1983.

Survivors include two children, Angelina Roumel of Washington and Theodore J. Roumel of Potomac; and two grandchildren.

-- Timothy Smith


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