Former Arlington Schools Official

Della Belle Brown, 91, community relations coordinator with the Arlington County public schools from 1948 to 1964, died May 26 at her home in Arlington after a heart attack.

She was a past president of the Arlington County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations and had been president of the PTA groups at the Sagamiller and Claude Swanson schools. She also had served on the Arlington County Girl Scouts Council and had been a Brownie leader.

Mrs. Brown was a past president of the D.C. State chapter of PEO and the Arlington Neighbors Club. She had served on the Arlington County Community Chest and was a member of the Washington Club and Foundry Methodist Church in Washington, where she taught Sunday school.

Mrs. Brown was a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University in her native Mitchell, S.D. She taught school and was a newspaper reporter in South Dakota before moving here in 1925.

Her husband of 62 years, Art Brown, died in 1986. Survivors include a son, Arthur Brickman Brown of McLean; a daughter, Mollie Roth of Granville, Ohio; and eight grandchildren.


Business Executive

Jane Long, 54, the vice president for human resources and communications director of Technology Applications Inc., an Alexandria defense contractor, died of cancer May 28 at George Washington University Medical Center.

Miss Long, a resident of Washington, was born in Elderton, Pa. She graduated from the University of Michigan.

In the early 1960s, she worked for the Alcoa aluminum company in Pittsburgh and Lausanne, Switzerland. She later worked for General Dynamics and the Systems Development Corp. in California, and she transferred to the latter's Washington office in 1979.

In 1983, Miss Long went to work for Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.). She remained on his staff until 1987, when she joined Technology Applications Inc.

Miss Long was a fund-raiser for Children's Hospital and a member of the board of directors of the Fairfax Symphony. She also was a member of the Capital Speakers Club of Washington.

Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Long of DuBois, Pa.; and two sisters, Judy Ludwigsen of San Francisco and Janet Wilson of DuBois.


Real Estate Broker

M. Arnold Miller, 71, a retired real estate broker and former vice president of the old Myers and Hill real estate firm in Vienna, died of emphysema May 28 at his home in Vienna.

He came to the Washington area and joined Myers and Hill in 1968. The firm was purchased by Town & Country in 1984. Mr. Miller retired in 1988.

He had been a director of both the Virginia Association of Realtors and the Northern Virginia Board of Realtors. He was a member of the latter's executive club. He also was a past president of the Optimist Club of Vienna and member of the Vienna Rotary Club.

Mr. Miller was a native of Calgary, Alberta, and served with the Canadian Army in the European and Mediterranean theaters during World War II. He came to this country in 1956. Before retiring in 1968, he spent 25 years with the International Milling Co., where he worked as a plant manager and assistant to the president.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Vera Miller of Vienna; two sons, Scott, of Virginia Beach, and Lee, of Vienna; and four grandchildren.


Air Force Officer

William Bryant Dougherty, 38, a fighter pilot and lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, died of cancer May 25 at his home in Hampton, Va.

Col. Dougherty, who was stationed at Langley Air Force Base at the time of his death, was born at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The son of Air Force Gen. Russell E. Dougherty, he lived in the Washington area at different times from 1959 to 1982. He was a graduate of Louisiana State University.

In 1975, he was commissioned in the Air Force. In addition to serving at various bases in Hawaii and Washington and elsewhere in this country, he served in South Korea and West Germany.

His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

In addition to his father, of Arlington, survivors include his wife, Air Force Maj. Donna Kimberly Dougherty, and two children, Brett and Diane Dougherty, all of Hampton; a twin brother, Air Force Lt. Col. Mark E. Dougherty of Arlington; and a sister, Diane Ralston of Hampton.


Dental Supply Salesman

James Michael Kenner, 36, a retired dental supply and equipment salesman with the American Dental Supply company of Falls Church, died May 28 at his home in Alexandria. He had AIDS.

Mr. Kenner came here from his native Altoona, Pa., in 1973. He sold dental supplies in Baltimore, while living here, before joining American Dental Supply in the late 1970s. He retired for health reasons in 1988.

He was a member of the Spartan Motorcycle Club. He had been active in Brother Help Thyself, an organization that raises money for AIDS-related causes.

Survivors include his companion, Larry Stansbury of Alexandria; his mother, Doris Kenner, and a sister, Lorna Pettenati, both of Coupon, Pa.; and four brothers, Leroy R., of Stoughstown, Pa., Bruce I., of Middletown, Md., Kevin P., of Indian Trail, N.C., and Scott A., of Johnstown, Pa.


Ladies Auxiliary President

Carolyn Nelson Rodriguez, 57, a former hospital volunteer who was president of the ladies auxiliary of the Northern Virginia Dental Society from 1970 to 1971, died of cancer May 21 at her home in McLean.

She had been a secretary in the Arlington dental offices of her husband, Fernando Rodriguez, for about 15 years before retiring in 1982. From 1985 to 1988, she had done volunteer work at Arlington Hospital.

Mrs. Rodriguez, who came here in 1953, was a native of Clifton Forge, Va. She had attended Longwood College.

She was a member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in McLean.

In addition to her husband, of McLean, survivors include two sons, Charles Richard Rodriguez of Rockville and Francis Nelson Rodriguez of Washington; two daughters, Celeste Dal Pra of Rockford, Ill., and Teresa Nasrinpay of McLean; her mother, Helen Campbell of Staunton, Va.; a brother; two sisters; and five grandchildren.


COG Official

Geraldine O. Hamilton, 39, the chief of aging and education programs at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, died of cancer May 26 at George Washington University Hospital.

Miss Hamilton, a resident of Arlington, was born in Milwaukee. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and received a master's degree in public administration at the University of Houston.

In the late 1970s, she worked for the Urban League in Madison, Wis., and for Wisconsin's health and welfare department. From 1980 until 1987, she coordinated services for the elderly for the Houston-Galveston Council of Governments.

Miss Hamilton then joined COG, where she was responsible for coordinating programs to assist the elderly and to combat adult illiteracy.

She was a member of Berean Baptist Church in Washington.

Survivors include her mother, Charlotte A. Hudson of Milwaukee.



Susan Campbell Alexander, 76, an executive secretary with U.S. News and World Report for 16 years until retiring in 1978, died of cancer May 26 at her home in Goodwin House West in Falls Church.

Mrs. Alexander was a native of South Carolina and a 1934 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She came to Washington in 1939 and worked for the government during World War II.

After that, she accompanied her husband, Robert F. Alexander, on Army assignments in this country, Panama and Berlin before he retired as a colonel. He died in 1981.

Mrs. Alexander was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Arlington, the Northern Virginia Assistance League and the Washington Golf and Country Club.

Survivors include a son, Robert F. III, of Amherst, N.H.; a daughter, Anne A. Armstrong of McLean; a sister, Effie C. Stewart of Columbia, S.C.; and two grandchildren.


Secret Service Computer Operator

John K. Rodgers, 47, a computer operator with the Secret Service's data systems division since 1974, died of a heart ailment May 22 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Bowie.

Mr. Rodgers was born in Washington and raised in Arlington, where he graduated from Washington-Lee High School. After serving in the Air Force from 1961 to 1965, he worked for the Arlington School Board, then for a computer software firm, before joining the federal government about 1970. He worked for the Navy Oceanographic Office before joining the Secret Service.

He was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church in Bowie.

Survivors include his wife, Eva K., and two sons, John P. and Joseph, all of Bowie; and his parents, John Randall and Agnes K. Rodgers, and a sister, Joan L. Allbaugh, all of Columbus, Ohio.



John W. Garrett, 87, a retired trainmaster and assistant superintendant with the RF&P Railroad in Alexandria, died May 28 at a hospital in Newport News, Va., after a heart attack.

Mr. Garrett was born in Fairfax. He grew up in Alexandria and lived there until he moved to Gloucester Point, Va., in 1988.

He joined the RF&P Railroad about 1917 as a mail clerk. He worked at the Potomac Yards in Alexandria. He retired in the late 1950s.

He was a member of the Henry Knox Field Masonic Lodge No. 349 in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Marguerite Vaughn Garrett, and a daughter, Jacquelyn Garrett Emmett, both of Gloucester Point; a sister, Louise F. Simpson of Arlington; and two grandchildren.


C&P Engineer

Luther Bennett Jones Jr., 70, an employee at Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. for 42 years until he retired in 1982 as a construction engineer, died of respiratory arrest May 28 at the Fairfax Nursing Center. He had emphysema and cancer.

Mr. Jones, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Washington. He graduated from the old Central High School and attended American University. He joined C&P in 1940 as a telephone installer and repairman.

During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe.

His wife, Virginia Myers Jones, died in 1988.

Survivors include three children, Sandra J. Robinson of Burke, Luther B. Jones III of Fredericksburg and Linda Lee McGonegal of Leesburg; and seven grandchildren.


Program Analyst

Sarah A. Shearer, 70, a retired program analyst with the Federal Reserve Board, died of cancer May 9 at her home in Indianapolis.

Mrs. Shearer was born in Columbus, Ga. She graduated from Tuskegee Institute and received a master's degree in education at D.C. Teachers College. She moved to Washington in 1945.

From the late 1940s until about 1970, she was a program analyst with the Department of the Army. She then joined the Federal Reserve Board, where she retired in 1979. She moved to Indianapolis at that time.

Her marriage to James Shearer ended in divorce.

She leaves no immediate survivors.


Church Member

Anna Noble Jackson, 94, a Washington resident since 1960 and a member of the sodality and the senior citizens club at St. Augustine Catholic Church, died of cancer May 26 at Howard University Hospital.

Mrs. Jackson was born in Essex County, Va., She grew up in New Jersey. She later moved to White Plains, N.Y., where she worked as a secretary.

Her husband, Warren Jackson, died in the early 1940s. Survivors include a brother, James S. Brooks of Washington.