The obituary Friday about Roy Conrad Courtney, 59, a Navy Department official, should have stated that, when he died Jan. 31, he was a senior procurement analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Shipbuilding and Logistics. (Published 2/9/ 88)
Arthur S. Monroe, 48, a jazz musician and composer who was chairman of the music department at Howard Community College, died of cancer Feb. 2 at his home in Columbia.
Mr. Monroe had performed in various nightclubs and other places in the Washington-Baltimore area since moving to this area in 1964. A pianist, he recorded for JazzBeau Records. He received a composition grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and he wrote a number of choral works in addition to pieces for jazz.
He had headed the music department at Howard Community College in Columbia since 1981. He was named the college's outstanding faculty member for 1987.
Mr. Monroe was born in Rosine, Ky. He graduated from Western Kentucky University. He served in the Navy in the late 1950s. He received a master's degree in music from Catholic University.
He was a teacher in the Fairfax County public school system after he moved here. In the early 1970s he also worked briefly in a Wolf Trap Farm-American University performing arts program. From 1973 until he went to Howard Community College in 1981, he was chairman of the fine arts department at St. John's College High School in Washington.
Mr. Monroe was a past president of the Council for Higher Education in Music and a member of the executive board of the D.C. Federation of Musicians. He also was a member of the National Association of Jazz Educators and the Music Educators National Conference.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte A. Monroe of Columbia; two children, Arthur S. Monroe Jr. of Baltimore and Patricia A. Sutton of Ellicott City, and two brothers, L. Garry Monroe of Hamilton, Ohio, and Charlie Monroe of Margate, Fla.
ROY CONRAD COURTNEY,
59, a senior procurement officer with the Navy Department and a former colonel with the Air Force Reserve, died Jan. 31 at Georgetown University Hospital. He had hemochromatosis, a disorder in which excessive amounts of iron affect the liver and other organs.
Col. Courtney, a resident of Arlington, was born in Little Rock, Ark., and graduated from the University of Arkansas. In 1946 he joined the old Army Air Forces 1946. He transferred to the Air Force when it was formed in 1947 and became a fighter pilot. In 1955 he left active duty and went into the Air National Guard. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1970.
In 1959 Col. Courtney joined the Navy Department in Sunnyvale, Calif. He transferred to Washington in 1966 and worked for the Naval Air Systems Command until his death.
Col. Courtney was president of the Crystal City Civic Association and a member of the Military Order of the Carabao.
His marriage to Patricia Wilson Courtney ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Leonie Barrett Courtney of Arlington; three children by his first marriage, Catherine Olivia Courtney of New York City, and J. Steven Courtney and Lawrence Wilson Courtney, both of Little Rock; two brothers, Marshall A. Courtney of Little Rock and David H. Courtney of Campwood, Tex., and four sisters, Beulah Lanford of Fort Smith, Ark., Florence Phelps and Esther Clark, both of Little Rock, and Carolyn Cleaver of Raleigh, N.C.
CATHERINE CLAYTOR SMITH,
62, a Washington native and a retired children's librarian with the Rochester Public Library in New York, died Jan. 20 of heart disease at her home in Daytona Beach, Fla. She also had a home in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Smith graduated from Dunbar High School and the old Miner Teachers College. She received a master's degree in library science at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She joined the Rochester library in the early 1960s. She retired in 1984 and moved back to the Washington in 1987.
Her husband, George Royce Smith Jr., died in 1952. Survivors include two daughters, Glenca E. Kande of Silver Spring and Gloria J. Smith of Germantown; two sons, George Royce Smith III of Boca Raton, Fla., and Gregory S. Smith of Tucson; one sister, Helen C. Cooper of Rochester; three brothers, William J. Claytor of Rochester, L. Donald Claytor of Washington and Glenn A. Claytor of Buffalo, and two grandsons.
DOLLY MARIE WALKER DAVIS,
89, a retired registered nurse with the old Freedmen's Hospital and a former VISTA volunteer, died Jan. 28 at a nursing home in Terre Haute, Ind. She had Parkinson's disease.
Mrs. Davis was born in Rockport, Tex. She moved to the Washington area in 1920. She graduated from Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing in 1923 and joined the hospital's nursing staff.
During the 1930s she worked as a nurse in the D.C. public schools. She returned to Freedmen's in the early 1940s and worked in the hospital's tuberculosis annex before retiring for health reasons in 1945.
Mrs. Davis served in New Mexico during the early 1960s with VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America.
She was a part-time nurse in the late 1960s with the old Ionia R. Whipper Home for Unwed Mothers. She moved to Indiana in 1970.
Mrs. Davis was a member of Chi Eta Phi, a national nursing sorority, and St. George's Episcopal Church in Washington.
Her husband, Ernest James Davis, died in 1954. Survivors include one son, retired Air Force Col. Ernest J. Davis Jr. of Alexandria; two daughters, Dolly D. Hoover and Ethel D. Bell, both of Terre Haute; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
ST.CLAIR B. CRAIGHILL,
73, a retired employee of the National Academy of Sciences and a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in McLean, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 31 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Mrs. Craighill, a resident of McLean, was born in New Orleans and reared in New York City. She graduated from Barnard College. On Sept. 7, 1938, she married Robert R. Craighill, a Naval officer who retired as a rear admiral and later became an Episcopal priest.
Mrs. Craighill accompanied her husband to various Naval stations before settling in the Washington area in 1957. She worked for the Proprietary Association, a pharmaceutical organization, and then the National Academy of Sciences. She was a program supervisor in its fellowship office when she retired in 1978 with 17 years of service.
Mrs. Craighill was a member of the National Cathedral Association, the Women's Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Army-Navy Country Club.
In addition to her husband, who is the assistant at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, survivors include three children, retired Army Lt. Col. Robert R. Craighill of Herndon, Navy Cmdr. John St.C. Craighill of Annapolis and Ellen C. Archer of Chevy Chase, and eight grandchildren.
JEFFIE BENNETT SMITH,
87, an employee of the Library of Congress who received its Meritorious Service Award when she retired in 1975, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 28 at Georgetown University Hospital.
Mrs. Smith, a resident of Washington, was born in Baxley, Ga. She graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., and as a young woman she taught Spanish there.
She moved to Washington in 1958 and two years later went to work for the Library of Congress. After the death of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, she translated letters of condolence received by the government from Central and South America.
In 1985 Mrs. Smith received a distinguished achievement award from the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association.
Her husband, W.W. Smith, died in 1953.
Survivors include one son, Walton Smith of Atlanta, and two sisters, Lois B. Davis of Macon and Mary Louise Wilson of Washington.
ORVILLE F. SMITH,
85, who was president of the old O.F. Smith Brothers, a Bethesda building company, died of cancer Jan. 30 at his home in St. Michaels, Md.
Mr. Smith, who had lived in St. Michaels since the mid-1960s, was born in Washington. He worked in the building trades before taking a job at the Washington Navy Yard during World War II.
In 1947, he became a founder and president of Smith Brothers. He closed the business and retired in 1965.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in St. Michaels.
Survivors include his wife, Irene R. Smith, and one daughter, June S. Snider, both of St. Michaels; two sisters, Mildred Longley of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Muriel Stephenson of Merritt Island, Fla.; three brothers, Robert Smith of Bethesda and Vero Beach, Fla., William Smith of Bethesda, and John B. Smith of Annapolis and South Pasadena, Fla.; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
LILLIAN A. FEARNOW,
81, an area resident since the early 1930s who was a former Arlington teacher and a retired clerk with the Reuben H. Donnelley publishing company, died Jan. 30 at Montgomery General Hospital. She had cancer.
Miss Fearnow, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Darnestown and lived in Virginia and West Virginia before returning here. She was a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
She taught at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School from 1930 to 1935, then spent nine years as a sales clerk with Woodward & Lothrop department stores. She worked at the British Embassy from 1945 to 1946 and at Reuben H. Donnelley from 1950 to 1971.
Miss Fearnow was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Washington and Inter-Faith Chapel at Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.
Survivors include one brother, Alden F. Fearnow of Hales Corners, Wis., and four sisters, Louise F. Strain of California, and Lola F. Morris, Genevieve Fearnow and Ann F. Jones, all of Silver Spring.
JUDITH W. HOWELL HARMAN,
75, a piano teacher and former president of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, died Jan. 31 at George Washington University Hospital. She had Parkinson's disease.
Mrs. Harman, a resident of Arlington, was born in West Frankfort, Ill. She graduated from Columbia (Mo.) College.
She lived in Colorado before moving to the Washington area in 1946.
For 25 years until she retired in 1980, Mrs. Harman gave private music lessons at her home.
She was a past president of the Powhatan Springs Woman's Club and a member of the Friday Morning Music Club and National City Christian Church.
Her first husband, William J. Howell, died in 1973.
Survivors include her husband, Robert E. Harman of Arlington; two children by her first marriage, John W. Howell of Arlington and Holly Ann Barclay of Phoenix, and two grandchildren.
GLADYS S. WAGGONER BARNEY,
91, a retired real estate broker in Vienna who was active in community and business organizations, died Jan. 28 at the Fairfax Nursing Center after a stroke. She lived in Vienna.
Mrs. Barney was born in Boulder, Colo. She moved to the Washington area in 1918 and worked briefly for the old War Department.
She had an ice and fuel business in Vienna from 1934 to 1948 and then went into real estate. She became a broker in the 1950s and retired about 1972.
Mrs. Barney was a founding member and past treasurer of the auxiliary of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. She was a founding member of the old Vienna Businessmen's Association, which became the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, and was named the organization's Businesswoman of the Year in 1970.
She also was a founding member of the Fairfax Hospital Association and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Vienna Presbyterian Church.
Her marriage to Russell Waggoner ended in divorce. Her second husband, Ray Barney, died in 1954.
Survivors include two daughters by her first marriage, Shirley Martin of Vienna and Marjorie Wilkerson of Delaplane, Va.; nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
ELLEN SMITH STONER,
62, a resident of the Washington area since 1981 who taught mathematics at Anne Arundel Community College from 1982 to 1985, died Jan. 30 at her home in Harwood, Md., after a heart attack.
She was a member of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County YWCAs.
Mrs. Stoner was born in Pennsylvania and received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. She accompanied her husband, retired Army Maj. Gen. John K. Stoner Jr., on his military assignments to Europe and Panama.
In addition to her husband, of Harwood, her survivors include two sons, Army Capt. John K. Stoner III of Belmont, Mass., and Hudson W. Stoner of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Kathryn S. Lasala of Denver and Sara S. Bachman of Wellesley, Mass.; one sister, Esther S. Mercatoris of Stone Harbor, N.J., and three grandchildren.
ANNE MacREA PARKER CASH,
90, a retired employee of the Department of the Army and a member of the board of directors of the Animal Rescue League, died of heart ailments Jan. 31 at the Washington Home.
Mrs. Cash, a resident of Washington, was born in Wilmington, N.C. She grew up here and graduated from the old Western High School. She began her government career in 1917 in the old War Department.
She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames and St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Park.
Her husband, William Vaughn Cash, died in 1967. She leaves no immediate survivors.
JAMES EARL CURRAN,
71, a salesman with Long & Foster real estate in College Park since 1972 who had worked for the Central Intelligence Agency before that, died Jan. 31 at the Doctors' Hospital of Prince George's County in Lanham after a heart attack.
Mr. Curran moved to this area in 1948 and he taught at the the Landon School and DeMatha High School before joining the CIA in the early 1950s. He was a supervisor in the photographic interpretation section when he retired in 1971.
A resident of New Carrollton, Mr. Curran was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada. He came to this country in the early 1930s and he lived in Boston before moving here.
He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education at the University of Notre Dame. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Forces in the Mediterranean Theater. He coached the 1945 Army Air Forces football team that won a European service championship.
He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Riverdale and had been active in Catholic Youth Organization activities at Our Lady of Sorrows in Hyattsville. He had been president of the Home and School Association at both churches.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Caroline Galbreath of New Carrollton; five sons, Timothy, of Greenbelt, Sean J., of Hyattsville, Kevin M., of New Carrollton, and James L. and Brian T., both of Bowie; three daughters, Caroline Hughes of Odenton, Md., and Kathleen Sabol and Teresa Puma, both of Hyattsville; a brother, Henry, of Boston; three sisters, Helen Bolger of Prince Edward Island, and Julia and Alice Curran, both of Boston, and 16 grandchildren.