Dorothy Betz, Linda Green, Judith Heit, Virginia von Fremd, Margaret Shupe, J. Barry Oakes, Ira Norfolk, Fern ‘Pat' Snyder die

Sunday, May 9, 2010; C08

Dorothy M. Betz Georgetown Associate Professor

Dorothy M. Betz, 70, who had been a Georgetown University associate professor of French, died April 13 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County of a torn aorta. She was a McLean resident.

Dr. Betz joined the Georgetown faculty in 1972 and had served as secretary of the faculty senate and as vice president of the Georgetown chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

She published articles in scholarly journals, particularly on leading French authors of the 19th and 20th century. She was associate editor of Romance Quarterly, a scholarly journal on Romance languages and literature.

Dorothy Marshall was born in Washington and raised in Prince George's County. She was a 1957 graduate of Bladensburg High School. She won an academic scholarship to George Washington University, where she graduated in 1961. Later that decade, she received a master's degree and a doctorate in French from Cornell University.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Paul F. Betz of McLean, a Georgetown professor emeritus of English. He said that his wife's last words as she was wheeled into the operating room were: "The midterm exams for my intermediate French students are on the desk at home. Take them in tomorrow and administer them to my students."

-- Adam Bernstein

Linda L. Green Software Engineer

Linda L. Green, 59, who had been a software engineer for Sycamore, a software company in Frederick, died of metastatic cancer April 26 at the Casey House hospice in Derwood. She lived in North Potomac.

Mrs. Green began her career in 1975 in advertising at what is now DDB. She received a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Maryland in 1989 and started working at IBM as a systems engineer.

After similar jobs at Norell and Lockheed Martin, Mrs. Green joined Sycamore in 2001. The company creates software for the government.

Linda Lord was born in Tulsa. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in psychology in 1974. She received a master's degree in software engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1989.

Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Terrance Green, and their son, Miles Green, both of North Potomac; her mother, Gloria Lord of Tulsa; and a sister.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

Judith A. Heit Office Manager

Judith A. Heit, 63, who had been office manager of her husband's medical practice in Fairfax County for the past 18 years, died of a cerebral hemorrhage April 24 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was a McLean resident.

Mrs. Heit was an editor for Fairchild medical publications in Bethesda from 1987 to 1992 and then joined her husband's practice, which specializes in addiction medicine and chronic pain management. She also edited her husband's writings for peer review journals and textbooks.

Judith Ann Davis was a Pittsburgh native and a 1969 magna cum laude sociology graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

She was a member of Temple Rodef Shalom, a Reform synagogue in Falls Church. She was a past docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Her hobbies included yoga and playing in competitive bridge tournaments nationally.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Howard Heit of McLean; two sons, Joshua Heit of Vienna and David Heit of Great Falls; a family friend she considered a son, Andrew Fletcher of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; and three grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Virginia von Fremd Public Speaking Consultant

Virginia von Fremd, 84, a retired public speaking consultant based in Bethesda, died of pancreatic cancer May 1 at her son's home in Los Angeles.

Mrs. von Fremd was a Bethesda resident for nearly 60 years before moving six weeks ago to live with her son. From 1968 to 2008, Mrs. von Fremd was the director of Professionally Speaking, a public speaking consulting company. Her clients included executives with General Electric, Marriott and Washington Gas. According to her family, other notable clients included Nobel laureate Harold Varmus while he was director of the National Institutes of Health; and Hamid Karzai, now president of Afghanistan.

Virginia Valerie Sullivan, a native of Belmont, Mass., was a 1946 graduate of Boston University. In the late 1940s, she had a radio talk show in Boston called "Coffee With Ginnie."

Her memberships included the National Press Club.

Her husband, CBS News White House correspondent Charles von Fremd, died in 1966. Their son John von Fremd died in 2001.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Michael von Fremd of Los Angeles and Joseph von Fremd of Bethesda; and two granddaughters.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

Margaret K. Shupe Homemaker

Margaret K. Shupe, 90, a homemaker known for her culinary skill, died May 3 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Springfield. She had lived in Springfield since 1963.

Mrs. Shupe mastered the art of cooking in post-World War II Paris, where her husband was stationed with the Army. Her daughter recalled her delicious French onion soup, veal cordon bleu and spaghetti Milanese.

Margaret Mary Kieski was born in Mount Carmel, Pa.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale and was active in its dining club. She also enjoyed gardening and sewing.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, retired Army Lt. Col. Joseph Shupe of Springfield; two daughters, Carole Myrter of Broomall, Pa., and Jane Yocum of Lebanon, Pa.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

-- Timothy R. Smith

J. Barry Oakes Johns Hopkins Professor

J. Barry Oakes, 82, an expert in satellite design and electronics at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, died May 1 at his home in Sykesville, Md. He had leukemia.

Mr. Oakes joined the Applied Physics Laboratory in 1951 and became assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins in 1972. He retired in 1993.

Mr. Oakes was born in Medina, N.Y., and grew up on a farm established by his father and grandfather. He graduated in 1949 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He received a master's degree in physics from the University of Michigan in 1950.

He enjoyed gardening and throughout his career helped to manage the family farm. He grew a variety of grapes to make wine.

Mr. Oakes was a board member and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which recognized him with a meritorious service citation in 1988 and a career excellence award in 2006.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Lois Brown Oakes of Sykesville; five children, Gail Oakes of Huntingtown, David Oakes of Milford, Pa., Karen Emmerich of New Market, Jeff Oakes of Lyndonville, N.Y., and Brian Oakes of Landenberg, Pa.; a sister; 11 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

-- Emma Brown

Ira E. Norfolk Draftsman, Engineer

Ira E. Norfolk, 71, a longtime Maryland draftsman and civil engineer, died April 29 of cancer at his home in White Plains.

Mr. Norfolk was a designer with Palmer and Baker Engineers and later joined the Baltimore architecture and engineering firm of Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall, where he worked on Metro projects. He helped design the College Park and Branch Avenue Metro stations on the Green Line. He retired in 2000.

Ira Elwin Norfolk was born in Lothian and grew up in Southeast Washington. He graduated from Anacostia High School in 1957 and immediately became a draftsman for the city.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jane Rodgers Norfolk of White Plains; two daughters; Katherine Norfolk of Charlottesville and Lara Castle of Newburg; a brother, Bernard Norfolk of Fishersville, Va., and a sister, Cheryl Holland of Seaford, Del.

-- Timothy R. Smith

Fern 'Pat' Snyder Church Member

Fern "Pat" Snyder, 95, a former member of College Park United Methodist Church and Liberty Grove United Methodist Church in Burtonsville, died April 19 at Riderwood Village retirement community in Silver Spring. She had dementia.

Mrs. Snyder moved to the Washington area in 1931 and spent a few years as a dime store clerk and Interior Department typist before marrying in 1936 and becoming a homemaker. She and her husband retired to Arizona from College Park in 1965 and then returned several years later, settling in Burtonsville. She moved to Riderwood Village in 2001.

Fern Gladys Jones was born in Kendrick, Okla., the sixth of 11 children, and grew up in Chandler, Okla.

Her husband, Roger Snyder, died in 1978. A son, Richard Snyder, died in 1981.

Survivors include three sons, Roger Snyder of Burtonsville, John Snyder of San Jose and Jeffrey Snyder of Reston; two brothers; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

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