Julia H. Morgan, Perry J. Adams, Eunice Morde Doty, Thomas J. Pfau, Arthur G. Strissel, Fenton G. Usher, James R. 'Whit' Whittinghill, Robert D. Robertson, Raymond Kitchell

Tuesday, April 20, 2010; B08

Julia H. Morgan Teacher, Tennis Player

Julia H. Morgan, 75, a special education teacher who spent 15 years at what is now the Ivymount School in Rockville, died April 19 of cancer at her daughter's home in Washington.

Until she retired in 1995, Mrs. Morgan specialized in teaching children with autism. In the 1970s, she co-founded the House of Mercy's Rosemount Center day-care facility in Mount Pleasant. She also started the after-school program at the District's Horace Mann Elementary School.

Julia Harmon was born in New York City and grew up in Scarborough, N.Y. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Radcliffe College in 1956 and the following year received a master's degree in education at Columbia University Teachers College in New York.

She enjoyed tennis and, in retirement, was ranked No. 1 by the U.S. Tennis Association among amateur women in her age bracket in New England. In the Washington area, she played at Kenwood Golf and Country Club in Bethesda and the St. Albans tennis club in the District.

A former Bethesda resident, she had homes in Naples, Fla., and Bristol, N.H.

Her marriage to Donald Lee Morgan ended in divorce.

Since 2009, she had been the companion of Stan Harman, to whom she had been engaged in college. He survives, along with four children from her marriage, Catherine Morgan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tim Morgan of San Francisco and Leslie Morgan Steiner and Perri Morgan, both of the District; a brother; and four grandchildren.

-- Emma Brown

Perry J. Adams Security Specialist

Perry J. Adams, 48, a security specialist with the Department of Energy, died April 14 at George Washington University Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Adams spent 11 years at the National Nuclear Security Administration, where he helped protect classified documents.

Perry John Adams was born in Yakima, Wash. In 1984, he received a bachelor's degree in linguistics from Washington State University. He served in the Air Force for 15 years and worked in missile operations. While in the Air Force, he received a master's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.

Mr. Adams was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria. He participated in several archaeological digs in Williamsburg. He also did woodworking from a shop in his garage.

Survivors include his wife of four years, Sabrina Le Adams of Alexandria; and two stepsons, Robert Lathrop and Douglas Lathrop, both of Snohomish, Wash.

-- Timothy R. Smith

Eunice Morde Doty Nurse

Eunice Morde Doty, 91, a retired Arlington County nurse, died April 13 at a retirement home in Cary, N.C. She had vascular dementia.

From the early 1950s until the mid-1960s, Mrs. Doty worked at Arlington Hospital, which later became Virginia Hospital Center. In the late 1960s, she worked for an Arlington dermatologist.

Eunice Webster White was born in North Dartmouth, Mass. She completed her nursing training in 1939 at Massachusetts General Hospital. Before moving to Arlington, she worked for hospitals in Worcester, Mass., and on Long Island, N.Y.

A seamstress by hobby, she made kneeling cushions and altar cloths for Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington, where she had been a member. She also made the furniture coverings and drapes for her home.

She moved to Cary in 1994 after 40 years in Arlington.

Her first husband, Elton W. Morde, died in 1965.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Harry O. Doty of Cary; three children from her first marriage, David Morde of Cary, Carol Ross of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Richard Morde of Kilmarnock, Va.; two stepchildren, Elissa Hellgeth of Raleigh, N.C., and Joy Pechan of Crozier, Va.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

-- Timothy R. Smith

Thomas J. Pfau Dentist

Thomas J. Pfau, 63, a retired dentist and Army Reserve colonel who practiced at Fort Meade, died of cardiac arrest March 17 at a hospital in Orlando. Dr. Pfau moved from Ashton to Orlando in 2004.

After graduating from the University of Maryland Dental School, Dr. Pfau worked for the state of Maryland as a dentist for several years before joining the Army.

He spent four years of active-duty service in Germany before becoming a reservist based out of Fort Meade, where he practiced for several years.

Thomas John Pfau was born in Cincinnati and grew up in the Washington area. He was a 1965 graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Montgomery County.

In 2008, Dr. Pfau was called back to active duty for one year to serve as head of the Army Reserve dental program.

Survivors include a brother, Timothy Pfau of Lake Mary, Fla.; and a sister, Marlene Waters of Olney.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

Arthur G. Strissel Real Estate Developer

Arthur G. Strissel, 82, a general contractor who built homes and commercial properties in the Washington area, died April 14 of a stroke at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

He was an Adelphi resident for 57 years. His Silver Spring company, Arthur G. Strissel Construction, built homes, apartments and factories in Annapolis, Alexandria and Forestville.

Arthur Gene Strissel was born in Chicago. He built pontoon bridges in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War.

He was a youth league baseball coach in College Park and Adelphi.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years Betty Hyman Strissel of Adelphi; four sons, Arthur G. Strissel Jr. and Phillip Strissel, both of Annapolis, Christopher Strissel of Hughesville and Stephan Strissel of Rapid City, S.D.; a brother; two sisters; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

-- Timothy R. Smith

Fenton G. Usher Accountant

Fenton G. Usher, 91, a longtime accountant with the Interior Department, died April 14 at a nursing home in Bradenton, Fla. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Usher joined the U.S. Geological Survey in the late 1940s as a budget and finance officer. He later helped introduce computers to handle the Interior Department's payroll and credit needs. He retired in 1976 and moved to Florida.

Fenton George Usher was born in Glen Ridge, N.J., and attended several universities in the Washington area.

He worked for the government before joining the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Wilma Collom Usher, of Bradenton; two children, David Usher of Brattleboro, Vt., and Donna West of Bradenton; and one granddaughter.

-- Timothy R. Smith

James R. Whittinghill Senate Aide, Lobbyist

James R. "Whit" Whittinghill, 57, a former top aide to Sen. Robert J. Dole and later an influential lobbyist, died April 15 of multiple organ failure at his home in Arlington County.

Mr. Whittinghill came to Washington in 1977 and worked for several years on the staff of Rep. Tom Loeffler (R-Tex.). He later became deputy chief of staff to Senate Republican leader Dole (Kan.).

From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Whittinghill was president of the Better America Foundation, a research group created by Dole. He assisted on Dole's 1996 presidential campaign.

Mr. Whittinghill was a lobbyist for the Renewable Fuels Association before becoming senior vice president of legislative affairs for the American Trucking Associations in 1998. He ran the group's Washington office and was often cited in news stories as one of Capitol Hill's most influential lobbyists.

After resigning in 2005, he became an independent consultant and lobbyist.

James Robert Whittinghill was born in Billings, Mont., and attended the University of Montana and Montana State University. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown and the Washington Golf and Country Club.

His marriage to Nancy Dorn ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Caroline Whittinghill and Patrick Whittinghill, both of Arlington; four sisters; and two brothers.

-- Matt Schudel

Raymond E. Kitchell Foreign Service Officer

Raymond Kitchell, 85, a retired Foreign Service officer and United Nations official, died April 2 at Capital Hospice in Arlington of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He lived in the Hollin Hills neighborhood of Fairfax County.

Mr. Kitchell worked for the federal government for 27 years, beginning in 1948 as a budget analyst with the Civil Aeronautics Administration. He joined the Foreign Service in 1953 and focused on projects in developing countries, serving in Jordan, Cambodia and Brazil.

From 1961 to 1966, Mr. Kitchell worked at the Bureau of the Budget in Washington, helping to plan and implement President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. He then joined the U.S. Agency for International Development, serving as deputy chief of foreign-service personnel and as an evaluation officer before retiring from federal service in 1975.

From 1975 to 1984, he was chief of evaluation for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna, Austria.

Raymond Elmer Kitchell was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. During World War II, he served in Europe with the Army's 89th Infantry Division, which in April 1945 helped liberate the Ohrdruf concentration camp. It was the first such camp to be liberated by U.S. troops in Germany.

He was a 1948 journalism and political science graduate of Syracuse University in New York. In 1952, he received a master's degree in public administration from what is now the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He graduated from the National War College in Washington in 1970.

In retirement, he enjoyed working on a Web site to commemorate the 89th Infantry Division.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Ellen Thorpe Kitchell, of Hollin Hills; three children, Cherie L. Kitchell of McLean, Melinda Kitchell Malico of Annandale and Mark R. Kitchell of Amsterdam; and three grandchildren.

-- Emma Brown

Robert D. Robertson Engineering Firm Executive

Robert D. Robertson, 89, a former treasurer and chief financial officer for Bird Engineering in Vienna, died of heart disease April 8 while visiting his sister in Pompano Beach, Fla. He was an Alexandria resident.

Mr. Robertson worked for Bird Engineering from 1964 until his retirement in 1985. He previously worked for Aeronautical Radio of Annapolis.

Robert David Robertson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and moved to Washington in 1942 to work for the British Embassy. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe, ending up in Paris where he worked on manpower deployment under Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. After the war, he returned to Washington and attended Strayer's Business College while working for Eastern Airlines. Mr. Robertson was a fan of ice hockey, particularly the Washington Capitals. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, however, he rooted for the gold-medal-winning Canadian team.

His wife of 63 years, Eileen I. Robertson, died in February.

Survivors include two sons, Scott D. Robertson of Darnestown and Dr. Bradley C. Robertson of Glen Arm, Md.; a sister; and four grandchildren.

-- Patricia Sullivan

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