Jeffery L. Lowe, 84, a retired Washington funeral home executive who was active in professional, church and civic organizations, died Aug. 5 at George Washington University Hospital. He had Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Lowe had served on the board of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and was a past president of the Independent Funeral Directors Association.
He helped form an integrated Licensing Board of Morticians during the Roosevelt administration and served on the board.
From 1928 to 1936, he worked for the Frazier Funeral Home in Washington, then spent a decade operating his own Washington funeral home before returning to Frazier's in 1946 as vice president and general manager. In the 1960s, he again operated his home establishment. From 1970, until retiring for health reasons in the late 1970s, he was affiliated with Horton Funeral Home.
Mr. Lowe was a member of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, where he had served as a deacon, since 1946. He had been a president of the LeDroit Park Civic Association, and a member of the board of the Gordon Convalescent Home. He was a member of the Pigskin Club.
Mr. Lowe, who lived in Washington, was a native of Wilmington, N.C., and moved here in 1923. He was a graduate of the Dunbar High School and the Freeland Heisen School of Mortuary Science. He also attended Howard University.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Doris Alexander Lowe of Washington; two sons, Ivan Linwood Lowe of Columbia, S.C., and Milan Jeffery Lowe of Libertyville, Ill.; a daughter, Marlene Doris Naranjit of Largo; a sister, Theresa Lowe of Louisville, and four grandchildren.
EDWARD T. VILAS, 62, who worked for the Vitro Corp. in Silver Spring for 35 years before retiring in 1986 as executive vice president, died Aug. 6 at Prince George's General Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Silver Spring.
Mr. Vilas, who moved here in 1951, was a native of New Mexico. He was a graduate of Northwestern University, where he also earned a master's degree in electrical engineering. He served in the Army from 1946 to 1948.
He was a member of the Alexandria Pipe and Drum Corps and had participated in chili cook-offs sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation.
His marriage to Virginia Shreve ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, of Silver Spring; four children by his first marriage, Carol Vilas of Washington and Barbara Martin and Donald and Mark Vilas, all of Silver Spring; a brother, Jack, of Rolling Meadows, Ill., and four stepsons, George Porter of Norfolk, John Porter of Richmond and Dennis and Michael Porter, both of Boulder, Colo.
HELENE MAGINNIS, 73, a longtime area piano teacher who was a member of the Washington Federation of Music Clubs, died of cancer Aug. 8 at her home in Chevy Chase.
She taught piano from the early 1940s until earlier this year. She also had given piano recitals here and in New York. Mrs. Maginnis was a native of Washington and a graduate of McKinley Tech High School.
Survivors include her husband, Harry J. Maginnis, whom she married in 1943 and who lives in Chevy Chase; two daughters, Patricia Leibowitz of Silver Spring and Molly M. Tippe of Santa Monica, Calif.; a sister, Virginia Hughes of Gainesville, Fla., and three grandchildren.
WILLIAM H. FAUX, 55, a retired research physicist with the Naval Surface Weapons Center in White Oak, died of liver and kidney failure Aug. 6 at Holy Cross Hospital. He lived in Adelphi.
Mr. Faux was born in Bloomsburg, Pa. During the early 1950s, he served in the Army. He graduated from American University. He moved to the Washington area and joined the Naval Surface Weapons Center where he was employed from 1957 until he retired earlier this year.
His marriage to Carole Faux ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey and Mark, both of Adelphi; his mother, Odessa K. Faux of Shamokin, Pa., and one brother, James, of Allentown, Pa.