Howard Mackey, 85, Dies; Former Dean at Howard U.

Howard H. Mackey Sr., 85, the founder and former dean of the school of architecture and city planning at Howard University and a retired architect who had practiced in Washington for 50 years, died of pneumonia Aug. 20 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mr. Mackey was on the faculty at Howard for almost 50 years before he retired in 1973. He had served as head of the department of architecture and as associate dean of the school of architecture and engineering. In the early 1970s, he founded and served as dean of the school of architecture and city planning.

While on the Howard faculty, Mr. Mackey also had a private practice in architecture. A specialist in the architecture of the tropics, he designed buildings in British Guyana and Surinam and he was a U.S. delegate to a Pan-American housing conference in Bogota, Colombia. He retired as an architect in 1974.

A resident of Washington, Mr. Mackey was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he also earned a master's degree in architecture. He had an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Howard.

He also was an artist, and his paintings were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, the Howard University Gallery of Art and the Chicago Art Institute.

Mr. Mackey was a former chairman of the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustments and a member of the D.C. Board of Architectural Examiners, and he served on the National Capital Planning Commission's committee on Landmarks of the Nation's Capital.

He was a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and he received its Whitney Young Award for contributions to architecture in minority neighborhoods. He also was a trustee of the National Council for the Advancement of Negroes in Architecture.

His wife of 51 years, Matilda Eleanor Kendricks Mackey, died in 1976.

Survivors include a son, Howard H. Mackey Jr. of Washington, and four grandchildren.


39, the pottery coordinator at the Lee Visual Arts Center in Arlington and an art instructor in the Arlington program for gifted and talented students, died of cancer Aug. 11 at her home in Arlington.

Mrs. Conner went to work at the Lee Visual Arts Center, which is run by the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, in 1977. Under her direction a program was started under which noted potters taught and demonstrated at the center.

Mrs. Conner had taught in the gifted and talented students program since 1982.

As a volunteer she had been sculptor coordinator of the Arlington Art Center and active in several other art programs in the Washington area.

A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Mrs. Conner was a graduate of Arkansas State University. She moved to the Washington area in 1969 and worked for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. and the Piedmont School in Arlington before joining the Parks and Recreation Department.

Mrs. Conner was a member of the Friends of the National Zoo, the Audubon Society and the National Geographic Society.

Survivors include her husband, Harry (Bow) Conner of Arlington, and her mother, Claire Lyons, a sister, Scottie Payne, and a brother, Jim Lyons, all of Jonesboro.


71, the retired coowner and manager of O'Brien & Rohall Lincoln Mercury Inc., a car dealership in Arlington, died of cancer Aug. 20 at his home in McLean.

Mr. Rohall was born in McKeesport, Pa. He moved to the Washington area in 1938.

He was a service supervisor and manager at several Washington area car dealerships until 1952 when he opened a Packard dealership in Arlington. O'Brien & Rohall Lincoln Mercury Inc. opened in 1956, and Mr. Rohall remained active in the business until he retired in 1976.

He was a member of the Arlington Lions Club, the Westwood Country Club in Vienna and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Survivors include his wife, Olga T. Rohall of McLean; a son, Ronald N. Rohall of York, Pa., and a granddaughter.


95, a retired president of the Franklin Printing Co. in Louisville, who had lived in the Washington area since 1972, died of pneumonia Aug. 17 at the Althea Woodland Nursing Home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. White was born in Louisville. She was a volunteer with the Near East Foundation in Armenia in 1919, and then worked as a social worker in Louisville.

From 1934 to 1956, she headed the Franklin Printing Co., a family business.

In the 1960s, she accompanied her husband, Charles Trumbull White, on assignments with various relief organizations to India, North Africa and Greece, where he was comptroller of the Agency for International Development mission. She lived in New Preston, Conn., before moving to the Washington area.

Mrs. White was a member of the Women's Overseas Service League.

Her husband died in 1983.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Winifred Nucho of Arlington and Doris White of Long Beach, Calif., one sister, Emmy Lou Boys of Louisville, and four grandchildren.


67, a retired electronics engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory and a member of the Northern Virginia Model Railroad Club in Vienna, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 19 at Fairfax Hospital.

Mr. Brescia, who was stricken at his home in Falls Church, was born in Portsmouth, Va.

He moved to Washington in 1938 and attended George Washington University. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in Italy and attained the rank of captain.

After the war, he went to work at the Naval Research Laboratory. He specialized in satellite navigation and space surveillance systems and he received a number of commendations for his work. He retired in 1974.

Mr. Brescia was a member of the administrative board and the choir at the Dulin United Methoidst Church.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Marjorie Brescia of Falls Church; two sons, Keith Brescia of Falls Church and Pat Brescia of Lovettsville, Va., and his mother, Loletia Palmer, and a brother, Harry Brescia, both of Denver.


79, a retired Army colonel and a former vice president of the old Suburban Trust Co., died of liver failure Aug. 13 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. He lived in Monterey, Calif.

Col. Conklin, who lived in the Washington area from 1941 to 1967, was born in Mechanicville, N.Y. He attended Dartmouth College and graduated from the Babson Institute of Business Administration. He became a banker in New York.

During World War II, he went into the Army Quartermaster Corps and served in Europe. He remained in the Army after the war and had assignments in Washington, Greece, Turkey and North Africa. He retired in 1954.

In 1956, he became a vice president of Birely & Co., a Washington investment firm. In 1965, he joined Suburban Trust. He retired two years later and moved to Arizona. He had lived in California for a year.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Case Conklin of San Jose, Calif.; two daughters, Elizabeth Bede of New Canaan, Conn., and the Rev. Alicia Wood of Geneva, N.Y.; two sons, Schyler Conklin of Wilmington, N.C., and Edward Conklin of Edinburg, Va.; 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


39, the general manager of Dining Concepts, a furniture store in Rockville, was found dead Aug. 19 at Bethany Beach, Del., where he disappeared Aug. 16 during a beach outing. A spokesman for the Delaware chief medical examiner said Mr. Smith accidentally drowned.

Mr. Smith, who lived in Rockville, was born in Loveville, Md. He served in the Army from 1967 to 1970 and had a tour of duty in Vietnam. From 1970 to 1983, he worked for the Scan furniture store chain.

He joined Dining Concepts in 1983 and remained with the firm until his death. He also was the president of the Straight Facts Publishing Co. and had written a shoppers' guide entitled, "Things They Might Not Tell You at the Furniture Store."

His marriage to the former Diane Hall ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalie W. Smith, and their son, Jason Smith, both of Rockville; two daughters by his first marriage, Terri and Michelle Smith, both of Arcada, Calif.; his mother, Alice Smith of Clinton; two sisters, Gwen Brown of San Francisco and Karen Jones of Baltimore; six brothers, David R. Smith of Largo, Troy and Anthony Smith, both of Clinton, Ethan Smith of Oxon Hill, Gary Smith of Lanham, and Ray Smith of Baltimore, and a grandson.