The Rev. John Francis Xavier O'Connor, 63, a retired director of development for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and a former parish priest, died of cardiorespiratory arrest Feb. 3 at a hospital in Pembroke Pines, Fla. He was stricken while visiting his sister in Florida.

Father O'Connor, who moved from Washington to Brigantine, N.J., in 1987, was born in Washington. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School and St. Charles College in Maryland. He studied for the priesthood at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained in 1949.

He spent his entire career in the priesthood in Washington. In 1959, he was named pastor of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Eighth and N streets NW, and from 1964 to 1974, he was pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, also in Washington.

From 1974 until his retirement last year for reasons of health, Father O'Connor was director of development for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

Survivors include two sisters, Patricia Behrens of Hollywood, Fla., and Sister M. Catherine of Holy Cross Convent in Garrett Park.


40, a cofounder and vice president of Organic Farms Inc. in Beltsville, distributors of organically grown produce, died of cancer Feb. 3 at his home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Kozlow helped start Organic Farms in 1981. It has grown into a $12 million a year business and claims to be the nation's largest distributor of organically grown food.

Mr. Kozlow also was a founder of the Organic Crop Improvement Association, a group that certifies growers of organic food, and he was a founder and director of the Organic Food Producers Association of North America, a trade organization.

A native of Washington, he graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville and the University of Maryland, where he majored in psychology. As a young man, he managed a number of bands in the Washington area. He then went to work at the Washington Psychiatric Institute. In the mid-1970s, he went to London and for two years helped run a halfway house for recovering drug addicts.

After his return here, Mr. Kozlow worked for the Bethesda Avenue Cooperative in Bethesda, a food co-op, and he remained there until starting Organic Farms.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Kozlow, their three children, Sacha, Lauren and Alex Kozlow, and one stepson, Stephen Kozlowski, all of Silver Spring; his father, Harry Kozlow of West Hyattsville, and one brother, Daniel Kozlow of Baltimore.


63, a commercial lending specialist with the Perpetual American Bank in Tysons Corner and a banker in the Washington area for more than 40 years, died of cancer Feb. 1 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Prosise was a native of Washington and attended Woodward Prep School. He also attended the University of Virginia, where he played football.

During World War II, he was a pilot in the Army Air Forces. He was shot down over the Rhineland while flying a P-51 Mustang fighter plane. He became a prisoner-of-war and earned a Purple Heart.

After the war, he operated his own mortgage banking company in Arlington until 1947. He then worked for a number of banks in Northern Virginia. These included the old American Bank in Arlington and the old Washington-Lee Savings and Loan Association, where he became vice president and mortgage officer in 1971. That institution later became part of the Perpetual American organization.

Mr. Prosise had served on the Arlington Real Estate Commission's condemnation panel. He was a member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia Builders Association. He had been active in scouting organizations in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Dorothy Montgomery Prosise, and one son, Alan III, both of Arlington; one daughter, Nancy West of Burke, Va,; two sisters, Gladys Deckerhoff of Cumberland, Md., and Barbara Hanrahan of Pittsburgh, and four grandchildren.


74, a retired broadcaster with the Voice of America, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 2 at Doctors Hospital in Prince George's County. He lived in Mitchellville.

Mr. Hamilton was born in Chicago. He began his career in broadcasting in Chicago in 1930. During World War II, he served in the Navy. After the war he continued his career as a broadcaster with NBC radio and television affiliates.

He moved to the Washington area in 1967 and joined the VOA, where he specialized in English-language broadcasts. He also compiled a phonetic dictionary for the VOA that included thousands of frequently used foreign names and usages. He retired in 1978.

His wife, Frances Marie Hamilton, died in 1983.

Survivors include one daughter, Susan Shuey of Lothian, Md.; one son, James T. Hamilton of Lafayette, Calif.; one brother, Joseph Hamilton of Oklahoma City; one sister, Anna Kuechmann of Lake Zurich, Ill.; two half sisters, Loretta Gresens and Betty Stancel, both of Chicago; two granddaughters, and one great-grandson.


73, a longtime resident of the Washington area and a World War II veteran, died of emphysema Feb. 1 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Mrs. O'Neal, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Washington, Pa., and attended Washington Seminary. During World War II she served in the Navy Waves.

She had lived in the Washington, D.C. area since the war.

Her husband, John Depp O'Neal, died in 1982.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Louise O'Neal of Rockville and Army Maj. Joyce Lynne O'Neal of San Francisco; one son, Lt. Col. John Russell O'Neal, a physician in the Army Medical Corps who is stationed in Monterey, Calif.; one brother, Russell Smith of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Dorothy Way of Washington, Pa., and three grandchildren.


86, a lifelong Washington area resident and a founding member of the Calvert County League of Republican Women, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 1 at the Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick.

Mrs. Benner was born in Washington. She moved to Calvert County in 1955 and lived in Chesapeake Beach.

She was a member of the Calvert County Homemakers, the Chesapeake Garden Club and the auxiliary of the Calvert Nursing Center.

Her husband, Robert W. Benner, a former Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates, died in 1968.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Haynie of Chesapeake and Barbara Lake of Poland Spring, Maine; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


71, a retired Foreign Service officer with the State Department, died of sepsis Feb. 1 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Helm was born in Owensboro, Ky. He moved to the Washington area in 1938. He graduated from George Washington University, where he also received a master's degree in foreign affairs. He later studied at the National University of Mexico.

During World War II, he served with the Army Counterintelligence Corps in the Pacific. He received the Bronze Star.

After the war, Mr. Helm joined the Foreign Service and had assignments as a security officer at U.S. embassies in London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Saigon, Taiwan and Manila.

He also had been in charge of security at numerous international conferences around the world. He was an area operations officer for Africa and the Near East when he retired about 1973.

Mr. Helm had been the governor of the Washington and Northern Virginia Company of the Jamestowne Societies, a genealogical organization. He was a member of the Descendants of the Lords of the Maryland Manor and the Hereditary Order of Colonial Governors.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Helm of Arlington, and one daughter, Nan McDowall Helm of New York City.


63, a retired manager of the Washington office of the Rand McNally Map Co., died of cancer Feb. 2 at Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Hood was born in Vernon, Tex. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific. He attended the University of Texas and graduated from the Pratt Institute in New York.

He joined Rand McNally in New York in 1952 and transferred to its Washington office in 1961. He retired in 1971. Since then he had been a stained glass artist.

Mr. Hood was a master gardener certified by the Virginia cooperative extension service.

He leaves no immediate survivors.