Barbara Rietveld, Isham Baker, George Dravillas, Joan Ferrell, Beatrice Frank, William Hagan, Ernest Hueter, Rosalie Huff, Michael Hunter, Kathleen Kirby

Sunday, March 14, 2010; C08

Barbara H. Rietveld Writer, Editor

Barbara H. Rietveld, 63, a writer and editor who directed publishing efforts at the Inter-American Development Bank, died Feb. 14 at her home in Bethesda. She had complications from systemic scleroderma, a connective-tissue disease.

Dr. Rietveld was born Barbara Helen Axelrod in New Brunswick, N.J., and spent much of her childhood overseas as the daughter of a Foreign Service officer, including six years in Athens. She graduated from Bethesda's Walter Johnson High School in 1964 and the University of Maryland in 1968.

She received a doctorate in French literature from Yale University in 1974 and was fluent in English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Russian.

In 1977, Dr. Rietveld joined the Inter-American Development Bank, which funds development efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean. She was head of publishing when she left the bank in 2003.

She later worked as a writer and editor for the SANS Institute, a computer security firm, and wrote freelance articles and a children's book, "Are You My Meaning?" She also served on a review board at the National Institutes of Health.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Carlo Rietveld of Bethesda; two children, Marco Rietveld of Utrecht, Netherlands, and Merete Rietveld of Los Angeles; her father, Philip Axelrod of Arlington County; a sister, Nancy Axelrod of Washington; and a brother, Roy Axelrod of San Diego.

-- Matt Schudel

Isham O. Baker Architect

Isham O. Baker, 80, who co-founded the District-based architectural firm Baker Cooper, which specialized in building designs for area schools, hospitals and churches, died March 1 of respiratory failure at the Washington Home hospice.

Mr. Baker started his firm with architect Philip Cooper in 1983. In addition to its projects, the firm partnered with other firms to help plan and design Howard University's law library and D.C. General Hospital's ambulatory and critical care center. He was working at the firm until last year.

Isham Owen Baker was a native of Calvert, Tex., and was a 1952 architecture graduate of Howard. He served in the Army before launching his architecture career in Washington with such firms as Perkins and Will, where he was a partner.

He was a fellow of the national American Institute of Architects and a past president of the Washington metropolitan chapter. In 1999, he received the local chapter's prestigious Centennial Award for his service to the organization.

He was a board member of Sibley Memorial Hospital and a past board member of Wesley Theological Seminary, both in Washington. He was a member and past trustee of Asbury United Methodist Church in the District.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Josephine Johnson Baker of Washington; three children, Melanie Baker of New York, Vicki Baker of Philadelphia and Todd Baker of Hyattsville; and six grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

George S. Dravillas Real Estate Agent

George S. Dravillas, 94, who owned a real estate agency in the Adams Morgan section of Washington, died Feb. 20 at his home in the District after a heart attack.

Mr. Dravillas came to Washington in 1952 and operated his real estate business until his death.

George Spyridon Dravillas was born in the Greek village of Paleopyrgos and taught English in Athens before immigrating to the United States in 1948. He lived in California before moving to Washington.

He was a member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington and was a past vice president of the Pan Arcadian Federation of America, a Greek cultural organization.

Survivors include a sister.

-- Matt Schudel

Joan C. Ferrell Volunteer

Joan C. Ferrell, 93, who volunteered with the women's auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital and other groups, died March 5 of pneumonia at the Goodwin House Alexandria retirement home.

Mrs. Ferrell came to Alexandria in 1947 and was active in the Twig, Inova Alexandria's junior auxiliary, and in the 1970s served a term as president of the Red Hill Garden Club. She was on the board of governors of the old St. Agnes School and was a member of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, both in Alexandria.

Joan Jamieson Cotter was born in Dublin and was a 1938 graduate of Trinity College Dublin. She was an officer in the British army during World War II.

She and her husband, U.S. Army medical officer Henry Haskins Ferrell Jr., were married in 1944.

Mrs. Ferrell enjoyed traveling and visited China when she was 87. She was a member of a music appreciation group and several ancestral societies.

Her husband died in 2001.

Survivors include three children, Leslie Ferrell Kauffmann of Brussels, Henry Haskins Ferrell III of Exeter, N.H., and Joan Pinson Ferrell of Arlington County; and three grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

Beatrice L. Frank Pianist, Music Teacher

Beatrice L. Frank, 93, a pianist who taught piano lessons out of her Arlington County home for more than 40 years, died Feb. 27 at her son's home in Falls Church. She had esophageal cancer.

Mrs. Frank had been a performing member of the Friday Morning Music Club since the late 1960s. She was an honorary member of the Virginia Music Teachers Association and the Arlington-based MusicLink Foundation, which connects young, needy musicians with teachers willing to provide lessons at little or no cost.

Beatrice Luben was born in Bridgeport, Conn., and traveled to Moscow in 1935 to live with an aunt and study music. She attended a conservatory there and returned to the United States just before World War II began.

Her husband of 64 years, Irving Frank, died in 2004.

Survivors include a son, Raymond Frank of Falls Church, and one sister.

-- Emma Brown

William B. Hagan Surgeon

William B. Hagan, 91, a general surgeon who was the chief of surgery for Prince George's Hospital Center, died March 5 at the hospital. The cause was complications after an operation to treat gastro-intestinal bleeding.

Dr. Hagan, of Hyattsville, received a medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1943. He served in the Army during World War II as a surgical officer and chief of a military hospital in Italy.

After his service, he returned to Washington and opened a private surgical practice based out of Prince George's Hospital Center. He was president of the medical staff there from 1963 to 1965, and in 1972 became chief of surgery. He also served on the Johns Hopkins University medical school faculty as an assistant professor of surgery and in 1982 was the director of medical education at Prince George's. He retired in 1984.

William Baker Hagan, a native of Salisbury, Md., was a 1941 graduate of the University of Maryland.

His wife of 37 years, Eleanor Stein Hagan, died in 1972. Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Hagan and Lynette Hagan, both of Hyattsville.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

Ernest B. Hueter Foundation President

Ernest B. Hueter, 89, a retired executive at one of the country's largest wholesale bakers who became president of a legal educational foundation in the District, died Feb. 26 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. He had pneumonia.

Mr. Hueter was briefly a script writer for radio stars including Bob Hope before moving into a business career in 1947. He joined a Kansas City, Mo., firm that became known as Interstate Brands Corp., initially doing advertising work and rising to president, chief executive and board chairman.

He settled in the District in 1980 and spent the next 24 years as president of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest. Mr. Hueter presided over the center's growth to include conferences, seminars and lectures, and he helped attracted speakers including presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Ernest Boyd Hueter was a native of San Francisco and a graduate of the University of Missouri. He did graduate work in business administration at the University of California at Los Angeles.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the South Pacific and participated in combat operations and in intelligence work. His decorations included the Soldier's Medal.

He had homes in Arlington and Walnut Creek, Calif. He was a past director of the American Red Cross's Washington chapter and the Washington International Horse Show.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Joan Le Brun de Surville Hueter of Arlington and Walnut Creek; two children, Ernest "Chip" Hueter of Warrenton, Va., and Kristin Hueter of San Francisco; a brother; and two grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Rosalie Brown Huff Elementary School Principal

Rosalie Brown Huff, 65, former principal at Anthony Bowen and Kingsman elementary schools in Washington, died of colon cancer March 2 at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham. She lived in Fort Washington.

Ms. Huff spent more than 30 years in the D.C. public schools, starting as a teacher at Gibbs Elementary in 1967. She developed a state-of-the-art media center at Fletcher Johnson Educational Center, directed the Resident Supervisory Support for Teachers program and was assistant principal at River Terrace Community School in Northeast before rising to principal at Kingsman Elementary. She led Anthony Bowen Elementary in Southwest from 1989 until 2000, when she retired.

Rosalie Brown was born in Washington and graduated from the old Luther Jackson High School in Merrifield. She graduated from what is now Hampton University in Hampton, Va., and received a master's degree in administration from Howard University. She also did postgraduate work at American University.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she was an adjunct associate professor at the University of the District of Columbia. After retiring, she was a consultant to colleges and universities, and she played a role in Howard University's recent accreditation.

She was a member of numerous local groups, including Delta Sigma Theta, Sedarmoc social club and the Tantallon Civic Association in Fort Washington. She volunteered with the Salvation Army, Daughters for the Day and the Prince George's County senior citizens program. She also was a member of Fort Foote Baptist Church in Fort Washington.

Ms. Huff also established a corporation that renovated housing and sold the homes to needy families. She also provided financial support to several college students.

Her marriages to Herbert Huff and Jesse Hines ended in divorce.

No immediate family members survive her.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Michael T. Hunter Pilot

Michael Townsend Hunter, 42, a pilot who flew traffic reporters and sports parachutists, died Feb. 28 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound near his home in Haymarket, according Prince William County police.

Mr. Hunter had worked as a cashier for the past 12 years at Pohanka Lexus in Chantilly. He was born in Nuremburg, Germany, and grew up in Fairfax County. He was a 1986 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. He earned his commercial, instrument and instructor's licenses and was building hours toward his goal of becoming a commercial airline pilot.

He was a member of Old Dominion Baptist Church in Bristow.

Survivors include his companion, Anne Marine Lewin of Haymarket; his parents, Curtis and Carole Hunter of Alexandria; a sister, Rebecca Hunter of Alexandria; and a brother, Stephen Hunter of Chicago.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Kathleen 'Kitty' Kirby Hostess, Homemaker

Kathleen "Kitty" Kirby, 86, who worked during the 1950s and '60s as a hostess at District establishments, including the Purple Tree lounge at the Manger-Hamilton Hotel and the Willard Hotel's dining room, died March 3 at her daughter's home in Waldorf. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Kathleen Marie Johnson was born the eldest of 12 siblings in Eagle Rock, Va., a community west of Lynchburg and on the banks of the James River. She came to Washington as a teenager to work to support her family.

In retirement, she enjoyed fishing at her family cabin on the Shenandoah River.

Her first husband, Frank Stanley Klebba, died in 1952. Her husband of 54 years, Charles Keith Kirby, died on Feb. 8.

Survivors include two daughters from her first marriage, Sharon Burritt of Chestertown and Mary Rainbolt of Waldorf; a son from her second marriage, Keith Kirby of Waldorf; two sisters; two brothers; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

-- Emma Brown

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