Fannie C. Hill, 64, a consumer adviser with the District of Columbia Natural Gas division of Washington Gas Light Co. and an inner-city activist who prepared hundreds of meals for the city's hungry and homeless, died June 22 at Washington Hospital Center after a heart attack.
Since joining the gas company in 1970, Mrs. Hill had given hundreds of talks and demonstrations yearly to low-income groups on efficient ways of preparing low-cost and high-nutrition meals.
In the single oven at her apartment in the Adams-Morgan section of Washington, she also prepared dozens of meals daily and hundreds on such holidays as Thanksgiving and Christmas for homeless persons and shut-ins.
A native of Natchez, Miss., Mrs. Hill began cooking at her mother's boarding house there when she was 10. When she was a teen-ager she prepared meals for as many as 75 boarders.
Later she worked as a cook for a family in Durham, N.C. After moving to the Washington area in 1949, she cooked for a family in Bethesda.
Before joining the staff of the gas company, Mrs. Hill was a cook for the Montgomery County school system in Bethesda.
She was a parish member of St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Washington.
Yesterday she was posthumously honored with the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Washington Urban League.
A cookbook, consisting of a collection of her recipes, was published and distributed by the gas company.
Her marriage to James Hill ended in divorce.
Survivors include an adopted son, Glenn Ward of Washington, and a sister, Iola Johnson of Chicago.
LEWIS H. SHUMATE,
83, a Fairfax County police captain who at his retirement in 1966 was commander of all uniformed police officers in the county, died of respiratory failure June 25 at his home in Fairfax City.
Capt. Shumate, who served 25 years on the force, was also Fairfax's first school safety patrol officer. He had started the school safety program in the county. He also had been commander of the traffic bureau.
Born in McDowell, Va., Capt. Shumate served in the Army during the 1930s, and joined the Fairfax County police force in 1942.
He was named school safety patrol officer in 1945, and in that capacity regularly visited schools to lecture children on traffic safety. He organized the school safety patrol program in which older children serve as crossing guards for younger children at street corners.
Capt. Shumate also was instrumental in organizing the summer camp program for school safety patrols.
He was an organizer and charter member of the Fairfax Retired Police Association, and was on its board of directors.
His marriage to Stella Fitzgerald ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Olivia H. Shumate of Fairfax City; one daughter of his first marriage, Velva Bowers of Millville, Del.; one son of his second marriage, Charles L. Shumate of Leesburg; one brother, William T. Shumate of Fredericksburg, Va., and four grandchildren.
GEORGE CARROLL DYER,
89, a Navy vice admiral who, in his retirement, wrote books on naval history and concerns, died of cardiac arrest June 25 at his home in Annapolis.
Adm. Dyer was born in Minneapolis and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Before World War II he served in various submarine commands and was a deep sea diver. His wartime service included duty in the Pacific and the Mediterranean. He was wounded by gunfire from a German airplane while in command of the seaplane tender Biscayne off the coast of Salerno, Italy, and was hospitalized for four months.
During the Korean war he commanded the United Nations blockade and escort forces, which consisted of more than 100 ships from the navies of Australia, Canada, Colombia, Great Britain, South Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States.
Adm. Dyer retired from the Navy in 1955 after serving as commander of the 11th Naval District in San Diego.
His military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, four Legion of Merit medals, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, the French Legion of Honor and Orders of Military Merit from Italy and South Korea.
Since retirement, Adm. Dyer had lived in Annapolis where his books on naval matters were published by the Naval Institute.
He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, a past commander in chief of the Military Order of the World Wars, and a member of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Annapolis and the Naval Academy Chapel.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Adaline Shick of Annapolis; three daughters, Mary Elizabeth Corrin of Towson, Georgia Burnett of Annapolis and Virginia Smith of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
PAULINE C. GUSDORF,
91, a life member of the board of directors of the D.C. section of the National Council of Jewish Women, died of congestive heart failure June 25 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Gusdorf was a third-generation Washingtonian and she lived in the city all of her life. She graduated from the old Business High School.
She was a member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation and during World War II she was a volunteer with the USO and the Stage Door Canteen. In 1985, the Jewish Community Center gave her a "woman of the year" award.
Her husband, Melvin Gusdorf, died in 1968. Survivors include one son, Melvin Gusdorf Jr. of Bethesda; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
ANNE GORDON HEINMILLER,
71, a retired secretary with the National Institutes of Health, died of complications of diabetes June 23 at a hospital in Lowell, Mass. She lived in Haverhill, Mass.
Mrs. Heinmiller was born in Vermont. She moved to the Washington area in the late 1920s and went to work at NIH about 1960. She retired in 1980. She moved from Silver Spring to Massachusetts this year.
She had been a volunteer with the American Red Cross.
Her husband, Adelbert William Heinmiller, died in 1952. Survivors include two daughters, Roberta Harding of Newton, N.H., and Margaret Mazza of Canton, Ohio; a son, William Gordon Heinmiller of Rio de Janeiro; a brother, Philip Gordon of Los Angeles, and five grandchildren.
EDWARD M. THACKSTON,
66, retired president of Thackston Oil Co., a family-owned wholesale automotive oil distributing company, died of cancer June 25 at his home in Bethesda.
Mr. Thackston was born in Washington, graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Montgomery College. During World War II he served in the Army Air Forces in the Middle East.
He joined his father in the family oil distributing business after the war. He retired in 1982.
During his retirement, Mr. Thackston did volunteer driving for the Bethesda Baptist Home for Children and volunteer work for the Rockville Senior Citizens organization, and operated bingo games at nursing homes.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Wheaton.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Campbell Thackston of Bethesda; one daughter, Susan Loraine Bieri of Los Angeles; two sons, Scott Thackston of Gaithersburg and Craig Thackston of Rockville, and five grandchildren.
EDITH HAZELTINE HEISKELL,
89, a retired executive secretary and a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died of cardiac arrest June 22 at Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Bethesda.
Miss Heiskell, who lived in Washington, was born in Oxon Hill. She graduated from Georgetown Visitation Convent where she was valedictorian of her class.
She was an executive secretary in Washington for about 40 years, and she worked for the Polish and Iranian embassies, two lawyers and the dean of the undergraduate school at Georgetown University when she retired in 1959.
Miss Heiskell was a charter member of the Society of the Pilgrims of St. Mary's and a member of the Society of the Ark and the Dove and the Washington Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Maryland.
Survivors include two sisters, Nancy Heiskell Clark of Chevy Chase and Sister Ann Frederick Heiskell, O.P., of Grand Rapids, Mich.
HOWARD J. FARSTAD,
62, a retired research analyst for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office, died of cancer June 23 at his home in Falls Church.
Mr. Farstad was born in Harvey, N.D., and attended the University of Minnesota. He served in the Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star for valor in battle in the Philippines.
He moved to the Washington area and went to work at the Pentagon in 1952. He retired in December 1985.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Farstad of Falls Church; one daughter, Wendy Gorski of Germantown; three sons, Christopher, Eric and Kyle Farstad, all of Falls Church; his father, Edward C. Farstad of Harvey; two brothers, Edmund Farstad of Bethesda and Dan Farstad of Williamsville, N.Y.; one sister, Erva Carlson of Sun City, Calif., and one grandson.
HORACE JAMES DONNELLY JR.,
85, a Washington lawyer who also had managed his family real estate holdings, died June 24 at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore of head injuries suffered two days earlier in a fall down the basement stairs at his home in Annapolis.
Mr. Donnelly was born in Washington, attended Central High School and graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a law degree at New York University.
During World War II he served in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Early in his career, Mr. Donnelly was in private law practice in Washington, specializing in federal trade law. In later years, he concentrated on managing family real estate holdings.
He was a member of the University Club, Columbia Country Club and the Annapolis Yacht Club.
His wife of 56 years, Olga Forsberg Donnelly, died this year, and a daughter, Susan Obregon, died about 10 years ago.
Survivors include one grandson.
WALTER C. PINE,
83, a retired Secret Service agent, died of a heart ailment June 19 at Fairfax Hospital.
Mr. Pine, a resident of Annandale, was born in Natick, Mass., and graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the Navy during World War II.
After college, Mr. Pine worked in his family's grocery business in Massachusetts. Later he joined the Treasury Department, and was assigned to the Secret Service in Boston.
He was transferred to Washington in 1956. He retired in 1967 as a special agent in the intelligence division.
Mr. Pine was a Mason and a member of the American Legion and Immanuel United Methodist Church in Annandale.
Survivors include his wife, Ada Pine of Annandale; one daughter, Judith Hobock of Wheaton, Ill., and two grandsons.
RUTH GEORGIANNA PARSELL,
64, a native of Prince George's County and a graduate of Mount Rainier High School and the University of Maryland, died of cancer June 22 at a hospital in Hurst, Tex.
After college, Mrs. Parsell worked briefly for the Department of Agriculture in Beltsville. In 1949, she moved to Texas where she had worked as a home demonstration agent for the state Agricultural Extension Service. She lived in Hurst.
Survivors include her husband, J.F. Parsell of Hurst; two daughters, Karen L. Parsell of Hurst, and Dianna D. Parsell of Dallas; one son, Mark E. Parsell of Irving, Tex.; one brother, George E. Chapman of Mount Airy, Md.; one sister, Lois C. Clatterbuck of Edinburg, Va., and one grandson.
LORRAINE WOLF REGAN,
64, a resident of Northern Virginia for 15 years who had accompanied her husband to Europe on his assignments with the Central Intelligence Agency, died June 24 at the Iliff Nursing Home in Dunn Loring. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Regan was born in Pittsburgh, and attended Chatham College and Strayer Business College in Washington. She served in the WAVES during World War II, and remained in the reserves after the war until she retired in 1955 with the rank of lieutenant.
From the early 1950s until 1972, Mrs. Regan lived in Europe where her husband, William Charles Regan, was assigned with the CIA. He died in 1974.
A former resident of McLean, Mrs. Regan had lived in the nursing home for the last six years.
Survivors include five daughters, Kathleen Koonce of Charlotte, N.C., Susan Regan of Fredericksburg, Va., Annie Iselin of Santa Barbara, Calif., Ellen Regan of Falls Church and Mary McMahon of McLean, and four grandchildren.
79, a former personnel officer with the U.S. Forest Service in Washington who also had worked for the State Department in Europe, died of cancer June 25 at her home in Baltimore.
Mrs. Bernasek was born in Flushing, N.Y. As a child she had lived in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia. She was educated there and later married Joseph Bernasek, a veterinarian, who died during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia during World War II.
After the war she worked as an intepreter at the U.S. Embassy in Prague and later at a State Department office in West Germany.
In 1952, Mrs. Bernasek came to the Washington area and worked as a personnel officer for the U.S. Forest Service until she retired in 1973.
A former resident of Alexandria, she moved to Baltimore in 1977.
Survivors include one daughter, Dana Crowl of Washington, and one grandson.
CAROL ANN POPPENDIECK,
50, a transportation planning specialist who had recently worked as a transportation engineer for the Fairfax County government, died of cancer June 25 at Fairfax Hospital.
Before joining the Fairfax government this year, Miss Poppendieck had worked eight years as transportation and planning engineer for the Northern Virginia division of the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation. For four years before that, she had been a transportation engineer with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
A resident of Alexandria, Miss Poppendieck was born in Trenton, N.J., and graduated from Tufts University. She earned a master's degree in urban and regional planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Before moving to the Washington area in the early 1970s, she was a science writer specializing in chemistry for trade publications in New York.
She was a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the League of Women Voters, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, and ZONTA, a professional organization. She was on the board of the Virginia chapter of the American Planning Association.
Survivors include her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Poppendieck of Alexandria, and two sisters, Trudy Prevatt of Fort Myers, Fla., and Dr. Janet Poppendieck-Goldberg of New York City.