Walter J. Devins, 65, who organized and directed programs to provide employment for disabled persons, died of cancer Jan. 3 at Fairfax Hospital.

Since 1985, Mr. Devins had been on the staff of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as director of a Social Security Administration-funded project to provide employment for persons on Social Security disability in the Chicago, Seattle, Kansas City and Los Angeles areas.

Previously he had worked for the Rehabilitation Services Administration in the Department of Health and Human Services as director of its Project With Industry Program. In this program, more than 10,000 employers nationwide provided job training and employment for 100,000 disabled people.

Mr. Devins, a Manassas resident, was born in Utica, N.Y. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego and did postgraduate study at Columbia and Southeastern universities.

He began his career with the federal government at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Montrose, N.Y. He was chief of industrial therapy there when he left in 1966 to join the Rehabilitation Services Administration in what was then called the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington.

Mr. Devins was recipient of three Sustained Superior Service Awards, two from HEW and and one from the VA.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Elizabeth Devins, one daughter, Jane Stone, and one son, Walter Devins, all of Manassas; his mother, Lauretta Devins of Utica; two brothers, Paul Devins of Utica and Francis Devins of West Hartford, Conn.; six sisters, Mary Clydesdale of Lakewood, Colo., Ann Gossin of Forestville, Md., Teresa Stillwell of Frankfort, N.Y., and Alice Ruddy, Eleanor Benman and Margaret Bowen, all of Whitesboro, N.Y., and five grandchildren.


103, a former Southern Baptist missionary to China who had lived with a daughter in Chevy Chase since 1979, died of pneumonia Jan. 1 at Kensington Gardens Nursing Center.

Mrs. Lowe was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. With her husband, the Rev. Clifford J. Lowe, she sailed for China in 1908, and they spent 32 years as missionaries there, in a remote area of Kwangsi Province and later in Shanghai during a period of bombing by the Japanese early in World War II. They returned to the United States on a furlough in 1940, but then did not go back to China because of the war.

For the next 39 years, Mrs. Lowe lived in Nashville where she was active in the First Baptist Church.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Lowe was the oldest of the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board's former missionaries.

Her husband died in 1963, and a son, Dr. Jackson P. Lowe, died in 1984.

Survivors include three daughters, Reba Campbell of Chevy Chase, Enid Engel of Silver Spring and Phyllis Haupert of Clarksville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.


78, a retired international resources adviser with the State Department, died of cancer Jan. 2 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Nichols was born in Lafayette, Ala. He graduated from Northwestern University and attended the National War College. From 1931 to 1940 he was an investment analyst in Chicago. He moved to the Washington area in 1941 and joined the old Office of Price Administration. He was a regional executive with the OPA in Dallas from 1942 to 1945.

Mr. Nichols joined the State Department in 1945 and became chief of the international resources division. From 1959 to 1965 he was a special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for economic affairs. For the next six years he was an adviser on international resources. He retired in 1971.

He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington and had been a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Washington Golf and Country Club.

His wife, Theda Clark Wayson Nichols, died in 1983. Survivors include two sons, Rodney W. and George C. Nichols, both of New York City; one brother, Wade H. Nichols of Bronxville, N.Y., and one grandson.


85, a meteorologist and civil engineer who was a retired section chief with the National Weather Service, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 30 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Bethesda and had been a Washington area resident since 1938.

Mr. Harmantas joined the old Weather Bureau in 1938 as an associate meteorologist. When he retired from the Weather Service in 1969, he was chief of the upper air engineering division of its instrument division.

He had represented the government at several international conferences and was a recipient of the Commerce Department's Silver Medal. He had been active in the Geophysical Union Instrument Society of America and the World Meteorological Organization and its Commission of Instruments and Methods of Observations.

Mr. Harmantas was born in Greece and came to this country at an early age. He grew up in Nashua, N.H. He was a 1925 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also earned a master's degree in civil engineering and studied and taught meteorology.

He was a member of St. George's Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife, Dena, whom he married in 1939 and who lives in Bethesda; three sons, Charles, of Chicago, Andrew, of Newport News, Va., and Frank, of Toronto; a sister, Dr. Helen Harmand of Florida; three brothers, Alexander Harmantas of New Jersey, Nicholas Harmand of Florida, and the Rev. Michael Harmand of Syracuse, N.Y., and three grandchildren.


72, a retired administrative assistant with the FBI who later taught law enforcement at the Northern Virginia Community College, died Jan. 4 at the George Washington University Hospital of complications of diabetes.

Mr. Holroyd, who lived in Vienna, was born in Perrysville, Ind. He graduated from the University of Colorado. He joined the FBI in New York City in 1941 and transferred to the Washington area about 1949. He became an administrative assistant in charge of investigations relating to the atomic energy program and retired in that position in 1975.

In later years, he taught at Northern Virginia Community College campuses in Woodbridge and Quantico and was a substitute mathematics teacher in the Fairfax County public schools.

Mr. Holroyd had been a member of the FBI Recreational Association and the Society of Former Special Agents.

Survivors include his wife, Adair A. Holroyd of Vienna; one daughter, Sharon H. Cooper of Alexandria; two sons, John C. Holroyd of Boston and Gregory E. Holroyd of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one sister, Helen H. Standlee of Aurora, Colo., and four grandchildren.