G. Edward Todd, 82, a retired engineer in the Bureau of Ships in the Navy Yard who also was active in community affairs, died of respiratory failure May 28 at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Del.

Mr. Todd, who lived in McLean, was born in Baltimore. He grew up in Easton, Md., and attended Johns Hopkins University. He was a civil engineer.

In 1929, he moved to the Washington area and went to work for the American Automobile Association. In 1937, he joined the Bureau of Ships. His work involved procuring machine tools for repair ships and Navy yards.

After retiring from the Navy Department in 1963, Mr. Todd worked for Doxiadus Associates Architects in Washington and for Brecht Engineers in Arlington. He retired again in the late 1970s.

Mr. Todd was a past president of the Washington-Lee High School Boosters Club, and in 1954 he led a fund-raising drive to buy a shell for the school's rowing crew. Last fall, in recognition of his support of rowing over the years, Washington-Lee named a shell in his honor.

Mr. Todd also was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Cherrydale Masonic Lodge and Neighborhood Watch. He was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts and the Red Cross, and he had been a scorekeeper with the McLean Little League and the McLean Girls Softball League.

Survivors include his wife, the former Hannah Louise Rynex, whom he married in 1929, of McLean; a son, James W. Todd of McLean; a sister, Ruth Munday of Woodstock, Va.; and two grandchildren.


Real Estate Broker

Thomas L. Sever, 47, a Fairfax real estate broker, died May 29 at Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Sever, who lived in Fairfax, was born in Dayton, Ohio. He served in the Marine Corps from 1961 to 1967 and was assigned in Vietnam. He was posted in the Washington area in 1966 and remained here after his discharge.

For 20 years Mr. Sever had been a real estate broker with the Fairfax office of Long & Foster Realtors.

He was a member of the ethics committee of the Virginia Association of Realtors and served on Fairfax County's oversight committee on drinking and driving. He was a deacon and elder at Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax.

His marriage to Barbara Sever ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Sever of Fairfax; a daughter of his first marriage, Elaine Sever of Springfield; three children of his second marriage, Lisa Sever of Springfield, John and Kate Sever, both of Fairfax, and his father, Thomas S. Sever, two brothers, Jerome and Stephen Sever, and a sister, Barbara Sever, all of Dayton.


Teaching Assistant

Dora Prime Smith, 66, a teaching assistant at the Spring Hill and Churchill Road elementary schools in Fairfax County, died of cancer May 29 at her home in McLean.

Mrs. Smith was born in Oklahoma City. She attended Mills College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. In 1947, she married George F. Smith, an Army officer who retired as a lieutenant colonel. She accompanied him to various military posts in this country and to West Germany.

In 1968 the family settled in McLean. Mrs. Smith was a teaching assistant in the Fairfax school system for about 15 year until she retired in the late 1980s.

She was a member of the River Bend Golf and Country Club in Great Falls, where she played golf, the West Point Class of 1945 Wives Club and the Mills College Alumnae Association. She also was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in McLean and its altar guild.

In addition to her husband, of McLean, survivors include three daughters, Holly Smith of London, Valerie Kirkman of Vienna and Nancy Erickson of Fairfax; two brothers, Lawrence and Robert Prime, both of Oklahoma City; and five grandchildren.


Hair Products Manufacturer

Louis Taff, 83, the founder and president of Judith Barr Enterprises, which manufactures Hair Builder for sale in health food stores, died May 25 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda after a stroke.

Mr. Taff, who lived in Washington, was born in Odessa in czarist Russia. He immigrated to New York at age 4 and attended Columbia University. As a young man he was an amateur boxer in New York.

He moved to the Washington area in 1937. Before founding Judith Barr Enterprises 26 years ago, Mr. Taff operated a home appliance store in Washington.

He was a former president of Agudath Achim Congregation in Washington and a former vice president of the Hebrew Academy of Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Freda Viner of Washington; three children, Debra Star and Barry Taff, both of Potomac, and Dr. Bennett Taff of Tracy's Landing, Md.; and 10 grandchildren.



A. Olivia Nicoll, 82, a retired owner of Federal-State Reports Inc., an information service that covered state legislatures, died of cancer May 25 at Arlington Hospital.

Miss Nicoll, who lived in Arlington, was a native of Newark. She attended New York University. She came to the Washington area in 1934 as a statistician for the Republican Party. During World War II, she was a secretary at the Dairy Industry Committee, an industry group.

She worked there until 1957, when she became a manager of statistics for the International Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers.

In 1959, Miss Nicoll founded Federal-State Reports. She ran the business until 1974, when she sold it and retired.

She was a past president of the Washington chapter of the Soroptimist Club and a board member of the Culpepper Garden retirement home in Arlington, where she had lived since her retirement.

She leaves no immediate survivors.


WUSA Engineer

Lamar Percy Allison, 72, a retired audio engineer at WUSA-TV who won three local Emmy awards during the 1960s, died of pneumonia May 26 at Alexandria Hospital.

Mr. Allison, who lived in Alexandria, was a native of Glade Spring, Va. He came to the Washington area during World War II as a service technician at Woodward & Lothrop. In 1945, he joined the engineering staff at WTOP Radio. He transferred to what became WUSA-TV in the early 1960s. He retired in 1988.

He won Emmys in 1965 and 1967 for his audio engineering work on the "National Gallery Concerts" shows and in 1966 for his work on the "Charlie Byrd Show." In 1987, he was admitted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He was a member of the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington.

Survivors include a brother, G. Hampton Allison of Alexandria.


Lifelong Resident

Mary Ann Paxton, 98, a retired employee of the old Kann's department store and a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died May 29 at the Brooke Grove nursing home in Olney. She had a stroke.

Mrs. Paxton, a resident of Silver Spring, was born in Washington. She worked for Kann's as a sales clerk and then as an office employee for 30 years before retiring in the 1960s.

Her husband, Charles W. Paxton, died in 1984.

Survivors include a son, George R. Paxton of Hollywood, Md.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.