Lyma Mae (Sherry) Reed, 85, a retired teacher in the Montgomery County Public Schools who was a founder and past president of the county Humane Society, died Jan. 16 at the Potomac Valley nursing home in Rockville. She had Alzheimer's disease.
She and her husband of 62 years, former real estate salesman Alva J. Reed, were the subjects of a Nov. 9 Washington Post profile of Alzheimer's disease patients and their families.
Mrs. Reed, who lived in Rockville, began her career in the Montgomery County schools in 1952. She taught at Whittier Woods, Bannockburn, and Green Acres Elementary schools before retiring in 1964.
She helped organize the Montgomery County Humane Society in 1954 and served as its president for three years in the 1950s. She also had been a member of the Republican Women's Club.
Mrs. Reed was a native of Florence, Ala., and a graduate of a teachers' college there. She received a bachelor's degree from George Washington University. From 1924 to 1934, she taught on Indian reservations in Arizona, New Mexico and Oregon and also taught Alaskan Eskimos.
She moved here in 1942, and spent the next seven years working as an interviewer in the office of the secretary of state. She then owned and operated a dress and antique shop in Chevy Chase for three years until closing it in 1952.
In addition to her husband, of Rockville, survivors include a daughter, Beth Reed Keenan Pagley, also of Rockville; four grandchildren, and three great-grand-children.
JANE M. WALTERS,
46, a former teacher and Library of Congress employee who was active in church and volunteer groups, died Jan. 15 at Georgetown University Hospital after surgery for a heart ailment. She lived in Bethesda.
Mrs. Walters, who was a member of the Presbyterian Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, was a member of the Hunger Committee of the National Capital Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA). In 1987, she helped found Elizabeth House, a ministry for homeless pregnant women, located in the city's Adams-Morgan section.
She began working at the Library of Congress as an intern in 1974. When she left two years later, she was working in the Library's congressional reference division.
Mrs. Walters, who had lived in this area since 1971, was a native of Elizabethtown, Pa. She was a graduate of Goshen College in Indiana, received a master's degree in elementary education from Southern Connecticut State College and a master's degree in library science from the University of Maryland. Before moving here, she had taught in Indiana, Connecticut and West Berlin.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. LeRoy Walters, and two sons, David and Robert Walters, all of Bethesda; her mother, Rachel W. Martin of Elizabethtown, and three sisters, Marilyn Forbes of Lutherville, Md., Carol Thomas of Elizabethtown, and Linda Bauman of King of Prussia, Pa.
JAMES B. FARRALL JR.,
48, a former Alexandria resident who worked for Merrill Lynch in New York as a specialist in trading stocks of lesser-known companies, died of pneumonia and liver ailments Jan. 12 at a hospital in Summit, N.J.
Mr. Farrall, who lived in Maplewood, N.J., was born in Alexandria and attended George Washington High School.
He joined Merrill Lynch in Washington in 1970 as a trader in the institutional operations division, and he became head trader before he was assigned to the Manhattan office in 1986.
He was a former president of the Security Traders Association of Washington.
Survivors include two sisters, Jou Ann McClellan of Alexandria and Judy Gillings of Richmond.
DONALD H. HUMPHRIES SR.,
67, a retired Air Force colonel who specialized in politics and arms control issues, died Jan. 14 at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He had been in a coma since suffering a heart attack in May 1987.
Col. Humphries served 30 years in the military. Immediately before his retirement in 1970 he was director for arms control in the office of the assistant secretary of defense, and in that capacity he assisted in negotiations for the Space Treaty and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and the SALT talks.
A resident of Potomac, Col. Humphries was born in Baltimore. He graduated from Western Maryland College. During his military career he received a master's degree in international politics at Georgetown University and a doctorate in politics at the University of South Africa. In 1964 he was a research associate at the Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
During World War II he was an instructor pilot and later a squadron and group commander in the South Pacific. After the war he participated in the atomic bomb test program in the South Pacific, then served as a squadron commander at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington.
Later assignments included service as assistant air attache in Baghdad and in South Africa and several assignments at the Pentagon.
In retirement, Col. Humphries had been a substitute teacher in the Montgomery County public schools.
He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Potomac, and he had been a volunteer hospital visitor and youth counselor.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Humphries of Potomac; one daughter, Gail Ewing of Potomac; two sons, Donald H. Humphries Jr. of Potomac and Robert K. Humphries of Fort Collins, Colo.; one brother, Charles M. Humphries of New Britain, Pa.; one sister, Margaret Dent Gambrill of Glyndon, Md., and eight grandchildren.
EARL HARRISON FORTNEY,
94, a veteran Treasury Department employee, died of cardiac arrest and pneumonia Jan. 14 at the Washington Hospital Center.
Mr. Fortney, who lived in Washington, was born in Dillsburg, Pa. He served in the Army during World War I. He moved to this area in 1919 and went to work for the Treasury Department.
He retired in 1963 as chief of the U.S. Savings Bond division in the Bureau of the Public Debt.
He was a member of the American Legion and Keller Memorial Lutheran Church in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Anna C. Fortney of Washington; one daughter, Doris M. Starns of Alexandria, and two granddaughters.
MARVIN TERRELL REED,
81, a retired education and training specialist with the Veterans Administration, died Jan. 13 at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Alexandria after a heart attack.
Cmdr. Reed, who lived in Arlington, was born in Fulton, Miss. He received a law degree from the University of Arkansas. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and remained in the Navy for five years after the war.
In 1950 he went to work for the VA in St. Louis. He transferred to the Washington area in 1955 and retired in 1972.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth G. Reed of Arlington; one daughter, Virginia Reed of Falls Church; one brother, Murray O. Reed of Little Rock, Ark., and one granddaughter.
WILLIAM L. WILSON,
54, the postmaster in Kensington for the last eight years, died Jan. 13 at Fair Oaks Hospital after a heart attack.
Mr. Wilson, who lived in Fairfax, was born in Washington. He graduated from Eastern High School. He served in the Army during the early 1950s.
He had worked for the Postal Service since the early 1970s, and before that had been an office manager for a Maryland food distributing company.
His marriage to Mary Wilson ended in divorce.
Survivors included his wife, Irene Wilson of Annandale; three children by his second marriage, Richard Wilson, an Army captain stationed in Germany, Diego Wilson of Falls Church and Tanya Wilson of Fairfax; his mother, Frances Wilson of Fairfax; two sisters, Patricia Cardinale and Betty Bergquist, both of Fairfax, and two grandchildren.
RUTH D. WATHEN,
106, a retired Treasury Department clerk and a former St. Mary's County school teacher, died of pneumonia Jan. 15 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center.
Mrs. Wathen, who lived in Forestville, was born in Leonardtown, Md. She taught elementary school before moving to Washington in 1907.
She retired from the Treasury Department in 1951 after 44 years of service.
Her husband, George C. Wathen, died in 1938.
There are no immediate survivors.
RICHARD MARTIN COX,
72, a retired attorney with the Internal Revenue Service and a past president of the 2nd Police District Citizens Advisory Committee, died after a heart attack Jan. 15 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Cox was a lifelong resident of Washington. He graduated from the old Western High School and George Washington University, where he also received his law degree. During World War II he served in the Navy.
Mr. Cox began his career in 1941 at what was then the Bureau of Internal Revenue. When he retired in 1974, he was in the office of the chief counsel of the IRS.
A sailing enthusiast, he was a charter member of the West River Yacht Club in Galesville, Md. He won the Albatross sailboat class of the Washington Evening Star President's Cup Regatta from 1936 to 1938.
Mr. Cox was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church and the Kenwood Golf and Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, the former Nancy Gordon, of Washington, and two sons, John Gordon Cox of Annapolis and Michael Colding Cox of Washington.
ARDIS GRAHAM KEMPER,
68, a retired secretary with the World Bank, died of an aneurysm Jan. 13 at Arlington Hospital.
Mrs. Kemper, who lived in Arlington, was born in Edberg, Alberta, and she attended Camrose Lutheran College in Alberta.
Before moving to the Washington area in the early 1950s, she had been a secretary for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She also was a secretary at a church and later at the British Consulate in St. Paul, Alberta.
She worked briefly for the British Embassy in Washington before joining the World Bank, where she retired in 1986 after 30 years of employment.
Mrs. Kemper was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington, where she was chairwoman of the Evening Circle of Lutheran Church Women and a member of adult discussion groups.
She had done volunteer work at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum.
Survivors include her husband, Harry J. Kemper Jr. of Arlington; one son, Douglas J. Kemper of Arlington; one daughter, Deborah K. Askin of Centreville; one brother, Henry Graham, and one sister, Hildrid Smith, both of Alberta, and three grandchildren.
THOMAS L. LADOMERSZKY de LADOMER,
74, a retired Washington real estate broker and composer, died of pneumonia Jan. 11 at George Washington University Hospital.
Mr. Ladomerszky was born in Hungary and he lived there until moving to Washington in the late 1950s. He worked briefly as an independent real estate broker. He composed music for piano and guitar that had been recorded and performed here and in New York.
Survivors include one brother and one sister in Hungary.
MATTHEW X. STONE,
89, a lawyer by training who was a former area home builder and retired private mortgage investor and who was a member of Congressional Country Club, died Jan. 18 at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Md., after a stroke. He lived in Leonardtown.
Mr. Stone, who lived in the Washington area from 1919 to 1976, was a native of St. Mary's County. He was a graduate of what is now the law school of Catholic University. After working briefly as a government lawyer, he was a home builder in the 1930s and 1940s. He then was an investor until retiring in 1968.
His wife Dorothy died in 1983. Survivors include two sons, Matthew X. Jr., of Chevy Chase, and William W., of Easton; two daughters, Dorothy Whalen of Kensington, and Elizabeth Dietz of Oxford, Md., and 13 grandchildren.
RUTH VIRGINIA HART,
77, a member of the Baptist Temple in Alexandria who was a lifelong area resident, died Jan. 13 at the Woodbine nursing home in Alexandria after a stroke. She was a resident and native of Alexandria.
From the late 1940s to the early 1970s, she worked in Alexandria for a Waffle Shop restaurant, a Peoples Drug Store and a children's store, and as a companion to an elderly woman.
Her husband Charles died in 1951. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara A. Cumbo of Alexandria and Audrey V. Chappelle of Trinity, N.C.; a brother, Robert L. Thomas of Rockville; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
NOVA THOMPSON McISAAC,
80, who had been active in volunteer work with charitable and political organizations, died of respiratory failure Jan. 15 at the Powhatan nursing home in Falls Church. She lived in McLean.
She had done volunteer work with the National Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Hospital, Carl Vinson Hall and the Navy Relief. She also had been active in the Republican Party in Northern Virginia.
Mrs. McIsaac, who had lived in the Washington area since 1953, was a native of Lonaconing, Md. She was a graduate of the University of Maryland. During the late 1920s, she taught high school history, literature and government courses in Hyattsville. She served in the Red Cross motor corps during World War II.
Her husband, retired Navy Rear Adm. John M. McIsaac, died in 1984. Survivors include two sons, John Malcolm McIsaac Jr. of East Granby, Conn., and Alban Thompson McIsaac of McLean; two sisters, Ruth Lee Clarke of Silver Spring and Hazel Thompson Craig of Sarasota, Fla., and three grandchildren.
FLORENCE ROGERS CARBAUGH,
93, a retired Federal Housing Administration retirement clerk who was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 11 at the University nursing home in Wheaton. She lived in Hyattsville.
Mrs. Carbaugh was a native of Middletown, Va., where she taught school before moving to the Washington area and becoming a government employee during World War II.
She worked for several agencies, including the Census Bureau, before transferring to the FHA, from which she retired in 1962.
Her husband, George A. Carbaugh, died in 1960.
Survivors include a sister, Lucy R. Matthews of Middletown.
FRANK C. PRICE JR.,
59, a retired Army major and Defense Department programs analyst, died of cancer Jan. 15 at Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.
Maj. Price, who had lived in this area since about 1960, was a native of Alabama. He attended the University of Maryland. He served in the Army for 20 years before retiring in 1966. He then worked for the Defense Department as a civilian until retiring a second time last August.
His years on active duty included tours in Iceland, Panama and Japan. He also served in Korea during the war there. Much of his career was devoted to intelligence and security work.
Survivors include his wife, Kazuko K., and a daughter, Christine E. Price, both of Alexandria; a son, David A., of Dallas, and two sisters, Mae Frances White of Silver Spring, and Luna Stephens of Bladensburg.