Corporate Secretary

Louise Tompkins Smith, 77, corporate secretary since 1957 of the H Street Building Corp., a Washington real estate development company, and a past member of the D.C. Republican Central Committee, died of cancer June 16 at her home in Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Smith was a Washington native and a graduate of the National Cathedral School for Girls. She was a past member of the Washington Board of Trade and a former trustee of the Corcoran Gallery, where she was also a founding member of the Friends of the Corcoran.

She had been a member of the Committee of 100 of the Federal City; the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America; the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Nature Conservancy; the Rachel Carson Council; the Garden Club of America; and the Perennial Garden Club, where she was a past president.

Her marriage to Andrew Parker ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, retired U.S. District Court Judge John Lewis Smith Jr. of Chevy Chase; three children by her first marriage, Andrew Parker Jr. of Washington, Louise Parker Ten Eyck of McLean and Brainard W. Parker II of Annapolis; a sister, Emma "Pinky" Matheson of Alexandria; and five grandchildren.


Holton-Arms Latin Teacher

Helen Shearman, 86, a retired Latin teacher who taught for 50 years at Holton-Arms School, died June 15 at Washington Adventist Hospital of complications after surgery for an aortic aneurysm.

Miss Shearman, who lived in Washington, was born in Springfield, Mass. She graduated from Wellesley College. She moved to Washington in 1926 and joined the faculty at Holton-Arms. At the time the school was in Washington, but it later moved to Bethesda. Her primary subject was Latin, but she also taught French.

She had done postgraduate study in Italy, and she took groups of students on tours of Europe during summer recesses.

She leaves no immediate survivors.



Thomas F. Keliher, 81, a retired Washington physician who also had served 40 years on the faculty of Georgetown University medical school, died of heart ailments June 11 at Bethesda Retirement and Nursing Center.

Dr. Keliher had also been director of the diagnostic clinic at Georgetown University Hospital.

A lifelong resident of Washington, he graduated from Gonzaga College High School, Georgetown University and its medical school. He did his medical internship at Georgetown, and also studied at the Lahey Clinic in Boston.

He had a private practice in internal medicine from 1937 until 1960, when he became director of the diagnostic clinic at Georgetown. He began teaching at Georgetown Medical School in 1937 and served until 1977, when he retired as professor of medicine emeritus.

In 1964, Dr. Keliher received Georgetown University's John Carroll Award, which is given for lifetime achievement and outstanding service to the university. He received an honorary degree from Georgetown in 1978.

Survivors include two sisters, Ann R. Keliher of Chevy Chase and Katherine K. Hopkins of Oakdale, N.Y.


Sheet Metal Worker

Wendell F. Sorrell Jr., 50, a sheet metal worker at the Washington Navy Yard, died of heart ailments June 16 at Greater Southeast Community Hospital.

Mr. Sorrell, who lived in Temple Hills, was born in Washington. He graduated from Cardozo High School, where he was an All-Metropolitan basketball and football player.

He worked for several heating and air conditioning companies in the Washington area before going to work at the Navy Yard 18 years ago.

His marriage to Avis Person ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. Sorrell of Temple Hills; two sons by his first marriage, Wendell F. Sorrell III of Oxon Hill and Shane D. Sorrell of Mitchellville; and a sister, Claire Brinkley of Washington.


Teacher and Businesswoman

Suzanne Barattini White, 47, a former D.C. public schools teacher and area businesswoman who was a graduate student at the Smith College school of social work, died of cancer June 17 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. White was born in New York City and grew up in Montgomery, N.Y. She graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y.

Mrs. White came to Washington in 1965. She taught retailing courses at McKinley Technical High School until 1970, when she became a founding partner of White-Berman Inc., a Washington interior design business. She left the business in the late 1970s to devote time to her family.

She had been a volunteer at the Beauvoir School and the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington.

Survivors include her husband, James K. White, and a daughter, Isabel White, both of Washington; her mother, Ann Barattini of Montgomery; and a brother, Robert Barattini of Middletown, N.Y.


College Professor

Frank W. Gathof Jr., 59, a former Washington area resident who since 1979 had served on the faculty at Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., died May 27 at a hospital in Warwick, R.I., after a heart attack. He had been jogging near his home in Warwick when stricken.

Dr. Gathof was born in Louisville. He moved to the Washington area as a child and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and American University, where he also received master's and doctoral degrees in economics. He received a law degree from the University of Wisconsin. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Dr. Gathof taught economics, law, computer systems and business management. He served on the faculty at American University until 1962, when he joined the faculty at Beloit College in Wisconsin. He remained at Beloit until his appointment at Bryant College.

He was a licensed airplane pilot and a certified flight instructor for fixed-wing aircraft. He was a senior national ski patroller, a volunteer instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and a member of the economics honor societies Artus and Omricon Delta Epsilon.

His marriage to the former Angela Lupus ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Molloy Gathof of Warwick; five children by his first marriage, Kathleen I. Gathof of Warwick, Margaret Hayes of New York City, Frank W. Gathof III, Patrick J. Gathof and Daniel Gathof, all of Beloit; three stepsons, Daniel Adamski of Pawtucket, R.I., Seven Adamski of Leesburg and Gary Adamski of Warwick; a sister, Mary Ann Thane of Potomac; and seven grandchildren.