The obituary of Dr. Frank M. Nelli, 70, a retired Washington anesthesiologist, that appeared in The Post on May 5, incorrectly reported his age and also incorrectly reported that he had received a medical degree from Georgetown University. He served his residency in anesthesiology at Georgetown University Hospital.
Correction ran May 7, 1994
Grace Sydenstricker Yaukey, 94, the daughter of American missionaries in China and the author of more than 20 books about China and other countries in Asia, died of a heart attack May 3 at the Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring. Mrs. Yaukey was the sister of the late Pearl Buck, a Nobel Prize-winning novelist and observer of China. A resident of the Washington area since 1938, Mrs. Yaukey was born in Chinkiang, China. She attended a secondary school in Shanghai. In 1921, she graduated from Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.
In 1924, she married Jesse B. Yaukey, a missionary of the German Reformed Church. They settled in Hunan Province in south central China. In 1935, the Yaukeys returned to the United States. They lived in Massachusetts, Michigan and South Dakota before settling in Bethesda. Mrs. Yaukey, who used the pen name Cornelia Spencer, published the first of her books, "Three Sisters," in 1939. It was the story of the Soong sisters, one of whom was Madame Sun Yat-sen and another of whom was Madame Chiang Kai-shek. Other titles included "Land of the Chinese People," "Made in China," "Made in India," "Nehru of India," "Made in Japan," "Understanding the Japanese," "Sun Yat-sen" and "Chiang Kai-shek." In 1971, the Yaukeys moved to the Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring. Mrs. Yaukey was a member of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting. Her husband died in 1981. Survivors include two sons, Raymond Yaukey of Silver Spring and David Yaukey of Amherst, Mass.; a daughter, Jean Y. Matlock of Washington; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
ALEXANDER N. ARGERAKIS
Administrative Law Judge
Alexander N. Argerakis, 70, a retired administrative law judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, died of a heart attack May 3 at Holy Cross Hospital. Mr. Argerakis, who was stricken while playing on Sligo Creek Golf Course, lived in Silver Spring. He was born in Washington and graduated from Central High School. He attended George Washington University. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe. After the war, he went to work for Capital Airlines. He attended law school at American University at night, and after receiving his degree, he joined the airline's legal staff. In 1960, Mr. Argerakis began his career with the federal government as a lawyer with the Civil Aeronautics Board. In 1980, he transferred to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as an administrative law judge. He retired in January. Mr. Argerakis was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2562 and American Legion Post No. 268, both in Wheaton, and the parish of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jacqueline P. Argerakis of Silver Spring; four children, Mary Pat Tayloe, Christine Crook, Jacqueline E. Argerakis and Nicholas A. Argerakis, all of Silver Spring; a brother, George Argerakis of Interlaken, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
EVA A. BUCKINGHAM
Eva A. Buckingham, 92, a cosmetologist with the Elizabeth Arden salon in Washington from 1924 to 1943, died of renal failure May 2 at the Rockville Nursing Home. A former longtime resident of Takoma Park, she lived in Rockville. Mrs. Buckham, a native of Johnsonburg, Pa., moved to the Washington area in 1924 and worked briefly at the Willard Hotel beauty salon before joining Elizabeth Arden. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Silver Spring. Her husband, Harley Buckingham, died in 1984. Survivors include a daughter, Julia Ford of Rockville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
FRANK M. NELLI
Frank M. Nelli, 78, who retired in 1988 after 26 years as an anesthesiologist at Sibley Memorial Hospital, died of congestive heart failure May 2 at the hospital. He lived in Potomac. Dr. Nelli was a native of Campiglia Marittma, Italy, and a graduate of the University of Bologna medical school. He came to the United States and settled in Washington in 1958. He was a graduate of Georgetown University medical school. His marriage to Marian Nelli ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife, Judith, and two sons, James and Michael Nelli, all of Potomac.
SAMUEL EDWARD COMBS
FTC Field Manager
Samuel Edward Combs, 73, a former Alexandria resident who retired in 1980 as manager of the Federal Trade Commission's Atlanta office, died of pneumonia May 3 at a hospital in Atlanta. He had cancer. Mr. Combs moved to the Washington area in 1951 to be an investigator with the FTC. After serving as executive assistant to Commissioner Paul Rand Dixon, he was assigned to Atlanta in 1973. Mr. Combs was a graduate of Mount St. Mary's College in his native Emmitsburg, Md., and the Dickinson School of Law in Pennsylvania. He served in the Navy in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. He was an insurance adjuster with U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Co. in Pittsburgh early in his career. He was a member of Fairlington United Methodist Church of Alexandria. Survivors include his wife, Justine Combs of Atlanta; a daughter, Nancy Adams of Atlanta; two brothers, Thomas L. Combs of Winston-Salem, N.C., and George F. Combs of Alexandria; and a granddaughter.
WILLIE LEE KING
Willie Lee King, 94, an area resident since the mid-1930s who lived in College Park before entering the Crofton Convalescent Center in Crofton about two months ago, died at the center May 1 after a stroke. Mrs. King was a native of Augusta, Ga. Her husband, Ephram Z. King, died in 1957. Survivors include a son, William A., of Lanham; four daughters, Dorothy L. Davis of Lothian, S. Frances Davis of Inman, S.C., Betty Marion of Mitchellville and Evelyn R. Floyd of Clinton. A son, Harold M. King Sr., died in 1988. Another son, Ephram Jr., died in 1987.
DOROTHY R. PRAHINSKI
Dorothy R. Prahinski, 88, a member of the Sanctuary Society and Second and Fourth Monday Club at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, died April 30 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a stroke. She had lived in the District since 1948. Mrs. Prahinski, a native of Philadelphia, was a volunteer with the Christ Child Opportunity Shop in Washington. Her husband, Arthur L. Prahinski, died in 1979. Survivors include seven children, Nancy Obold of Bradenton, Fla., Mary Jane Prahinski of Adelphi, Sister Dorothy Rose Prahinski of Meadowbrook, Pa., Arthur L. Prahinski Jr. of Olney, Robert J. Prahinski of Phoenix, Leo F. X. Prahinski of Silver Spring and Rita Killian of College Park; three sisters, Jean Phillippe of Yeadon, Pa., and Marie Keller and Claire White, both of Cape May, N.J.; a brother, Phillip Killian of Drexel Hill, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A son, Theodore Prahinski, died in 1987.
Yvonne Gilder, 58, a social worker who specialized in the administration and development of health care facilities for mentally handicapped people, died of a cerebral aneurysm April 20 at Hadley Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Gilder was the founder in 1989 of Gilder Associates Inc. of Silver Spring, a consulting and management company. Its clients included the D.C. government and other governments and various health care facilities. Since 1989, she had been the director of operations of Careco Inc., of Washington, which operates care facilities for retarded and emotionally handicapped patients. A resident of Silver Spring, Mrs. Gilder was born in Riga, Latvia. She came to the United States in the late 1940s. She lived in the New York and Boston areas before moving to Washington about 1960. As a young woman, she was a comedienne and toured across the country. In 1973, she graduated from George Washington University. In 1978, she received a master's degree in social work from Catholic University. She also completed a program in nursing home administration at the University of Maryland and a course in family therapy at the Psychiatric Institute for Group Studies in Washington. In the 1970s, she worked for nursing homes in the Washington area. From 1980 to 1987, she was a manager at the Washington Center for Aging Services. From 1987 to 1990, she was a part-time lecturer on social work at Catholic University. Mrs. Gilder was a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers. She also was a member of the Parents Without Partners Sailing Club and Singles on Sailing, both in Annapolis. Her marriages to Jon Gilder and Charles Gary ended in divorce. Survivors include her companion, James Randall of Silver Spring; two children from her first marriage, Jon Gildersleeve of Silver Spring and Gregory Gildersleeve of Makakilo, Hawaii; her mother and stepfather, Alma and Anthony Braun of Miami; and a stepbrother, Gerd Marve of Nuremberg, Germany.
WILLIAM WELDY MUSTER
Army Master Sergeant
William Weldy "Toot" Muster, 78, a retired Army master sergeant, died of emphysema May 2 at Dewitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir. Mr. Muster was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio. He served 20 years in the Army before retiring in 1945. His career included assignments in Germany and as an engineer instructor with the Corps of Engineers at Fort Belvoir. A resident of Alexandria, he had lived permanently in the Washington area since his Army retirement. From 1971 to 1985, he worked for the grounds department of the Fairfax County public schools. His marriage to Betty Muster ended in divorce. His second wife, Elisabeth R. Muster, died in 1990. Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Vesta Safrans of Sebring, Fla.; four children from his second marriage, Evelyn Hambleton, Elizabeth Muster and William A. Muster, all of Alexandria, and Mary Wetterau of Wheaton; two sisters, Vesta Stein of Lombard, Ill., and Mary Meyers of Martins Ferry; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Karin Doder, 52, an administrative assistant in the office of student conduct and off-campus affairs at Georgetown University, died of cancer May 1 at her home in Washington. Mrs. Doder was born in Copenhagen. She came to the United States and settled in Washington shortly after her marriage in 1963 to Dusko Doder, a former reporter and foreign correspondent for The Washington Post. She accompanied him to overseas posts in Moscow and Yugoslavia. She also had traveled in Africa and China. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1989. Mrs. Doder became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1981. She worked at Georgetown University for seven years before leaving for health reasons last December. She was an avid tennis player and a collector of Slavic art. Survivors include a son, Peter Doder of Washington, and her mother, Greta Rasmussen of Copenhagen.