Vaughn Philips Montaigne Keith, 40, a popular and respected classics teacher at St. Albans School for Boys, died April 22 at his home in Washington. He had been found to have AIDS three years ago and had continued teaching at St. Albans until last month.
Mr. Keith also wrote poetry, sang in a hard rock band called Judy's Fixation and designed crossword puzzles that had been published in the daily and Sunday New York Times.
He had been on the faculty at St. Albans for the last six years and held the school's Stephen A. Hurlburt chair of classics. He taught Latin and some classical history at the high school level.
On the day before classes began for the academic year in September 1987, Mr. Keith told St. Albans headmaster Mark Mullin that he had AIDS.
After discussing the matter with faculty members and the board of trustees, Mullin and Mr. Keith decided the best thing to do was to make a public announcement to the St. Albans community and for Mr. Keith to continue teaching.
"It was a courageous act on his part," said Mullin. "The parents and students were extremely supportive. No one withdrew from the school. No one withdrew from his classes."
Regarded as an excellent classics teacher and a superb academician, Mr. Keith also became during the final months of his life a living illustration for his students of the presence of AIDS in contemporary America, Mullin said.
"It gave him an important mission in living, in addition to his teaching. The boys could see the dangers of this disease. AIDS had always been something that happened to someone else," Mullin said.
A native of Red Bank, N.J., Mr. Keith attended England's famed public school Eton and graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut. He moved to Annapolis in the early 1970s, where he taught Latin and Greek at the Key School. Later he taught in Connecticut before returning to this area and joining the faculty at St. Albans.
He instituted a Latin Day at St. Albans, on which students put on a play in Latin. He also brought his hard rock band to the school.
As lead vocalist of the group, which was known for a free and uninhibited style, Mr. Keith had performed at night clubs in the Washington-Baltimore area. He had a large collection of 45 rpm rock and roll records of the 1950s.
He attended and participated in poetry readings throughout the area, and his poetry had been published in small poetry journals.
Mr. Keith had also designed crossword puzzles for several years. His first wife, Dorothy Clift, said he often passed the time by designing crossword puzzles for her when they were traveling by train in Europe on their honeymoon in the early 1970s.
Their marriage ended in divorce, as did Mr. Keith's second marriage, to Jennifer Keith. A companion with whom he lived, Drew Carroll, died two years ago.
Survivors include his parents, Quentin and Sylvia Keith of Red Bank, and a sister, Jennifer Huitson of Watford, England.
DR. CHUNG-MING WONG
Dr. Chung-Ming Wong, 69, a retired official of the Energy and Interior departments and the General Services Administration and a former owner of the Emperor Ming Chinese Restaurant in Rockville, died of heart ailments April 19 at the Washington Hospital Center.
Dr. Wong, a resident of Rockville, was born in Hong Kong. He graduated from Tsing Hua University in Beijing and became an instructor in the Chinese air force. In 1947, he emigrated to the United States. He received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and then moved to New York.
While studying for a doctorate in mechancial engineering at Columbia University, he was dean of engineering at the University of Bridgeport and also taught at New York University and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.
In 1959, Dr. Wong moved to Los Angeles and worked for Northrop and McDonnell Douglas on various space projects. He also became active in Republican politics.
In 1969, President Nixon appointed him to head the Office of Saline Water in the Interior Department. He later was assistant to the commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. From 1974 to 1980, he was a conservation engineer in the GSA. From 1980 to 1986, when he retired, he was program manager for the naval petroleum and oil shale reserve in the Department of Energy.
Dr. Wong and his wife owned the Emperor Ming restaurant from 1972 to 1984.
Dr. Wong was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Almas Temple of the Shrine. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bridgeport in 1971.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Irene Kia-Yu Wong of Rockville, and two children, Conrad Wai-Pac Wong of Rockville and Wai-Soo Wong Koo of Alexandria.
HAZEL VIRGINIA McDONALD
Hazel Virginia McDonald, 66, a retired legal secretary with the Federal Communications Commission, died of a heart attack April 25 at Holy Cross Hospital. She had diabetes.
Mrs. McDonald, a former Silver Spring resident, was born in Washington. She graduated from Eastern High School. She worked for the FCC from the late 1950s until 1974, when she had a stroke and had to retire. Since then she had lived at the Kensington Gardens Nursing Home.
Her husband, James A. McDonald, died in 1988.
Survivors include four daughters, Barbara Bowden of Mechanicsville, Md., Viriginia McDonald of Greenbelt, Marilyn Essex of Silver Spring and Deidre Putney of London; four sons, Thomas A. McDonald of Springfield, Francis K. and William J. McDonald, both of Mechanicsville, and David B. McDonald of Silver Spring; a sister, Ivis Steele of Dunkirk, Md.; a brother, Pete Bowman of Waldorf, Md., and 13 grandchildren.
ALPHONSE H. LETOURNEAU
Alphonse H. Letourneau, 98, a retired employee of the Catholic University Library, died April 21 at Carroll Manor Nursing Home in Hyattsville after a heart attack.
Mr. Letourneau, who lived in Hyattsville, was born in Duluth, Minn., and grew up in Sanford, Maine. As a young man he did welfare work for the Knights of Columbus. He moved to the Washington area in 1926.
He worked at the Catholic University Library, where his duties included delivering mail and wrapping packages, for 52 years before retiring 10 years ago.
He had been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 72 years.
His wife, Clara Letourneau, died in 1951. Survivors include four children, Anne Ryan of Hyattsville, John R. Letourneau of Spring, Tex., Francis J. Letourneau of Takoma Park and Bernard A. Letourneau of Upper Marlboro; 21 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
JULIET D. SHARFF
Juliet D. Sharff, 72, a retired Arlington elementary school teacher, died of cancer April 25 at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church.
Mrs. Sharff, who lived in Arlington, was born in Shepherdstown, W.Va. She attended Shepherd College, moved to the Washington area in 1937 and graduated from George Washington University.
She taught for 25 years at Arlington's Walter Reed School before retiring in 1982. She had assisted in the development of a program for gifted and talented children at the school.
Mrs. Sharff was a member of the Arlington, Virginia and National education associations. She was an elder of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington.
Her husband, Kermit L. Sharff, died in 1972. Survivors include three children, Judy Ellen Sharff of Arlington, Richard L. Sharff of Richmond and Marjory A. Millen of Hartford; and four grandsons.
REGINA T. STEELE
Regina T. Steele, 54, resource director at Action -- The National Volunteer Agency, died of cancer April 24 at Georgetown University Hospital.
Mrs. Steele, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Boston. She graduated from Boston University and received a master's degree in continuing adult education from the University of Southern Maine.
She moved to this area and began working at Action in 1983 after having served as director of continuing adult education at St. Joseph College in Standish, Maine.
Her marriage to Robert D. Steele ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children, Dana Elizabeth Steele and Douglas John Steele, both of Falls Church; a sister, Beatrice M. Lombard of Stoughton, Mass.; and a brother, John F. Ierardi Jr. of Franklin, Mass.
Sophie Pevsner, 92, a retired employee of the foreign demographic analysis division of the Census Bureau, died of cardiopulmonary arrest April 26 at her home in Washington.
Mrs. Pevsner was born in Poland. She studied law and medicine at the University of Kharkov in the Ukraine. In 1925, she left the Soviet Union and moved to Italy. She lived in Rome and Milan until coming to the United States in 1939 and settling in Washington.
In 1954, Mrs. Pevsner went to work for the Census Bureau. She retired about 1973, but continued as a part-time employee until 1984.
She was a member of the Pioneer Women and Hadassah.
Her husband, Samuel Pevsner, died in 1967.
Survivors include a daughter, Marita Dresner of Washington; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.