Stanley D. Shawhan, 49, director of the space physics division at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, died of a heart attack June 21 at his home in Silver Spring.
Dr. Shawhan was born in Minneapolis. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and received a master's degree and a doctorate in physics from the University of Iowa.
He was a faculty member of the University of Iowa for 20 years before moving to the Washington area and joining the NASA staff in 1983. In 1968 and 1969, he was at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
At NASA, Dr. Shawhan managed the agency's space plasma physics program. He represented NASA in planning joint space research programs with Japan, Canada, China and the Soviet Union.
He had written more than 90 articles for scientific journals. He was a member of the American Geophysical Society, the International Astronomical Union and the American Astronomical Union.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Susan Jenkins Shawhan, and two sons, Peter and Daniel Shawhan, all of Silver Spring; his mother, Ena Burdine Shawhan of Philadelphia; and a sister, Diana Bacci of Wayne, Pa.
Cabdriver, Tour Guide
Irving Schlaifer, 70, an independent Washington cabdriver and tour guide who was president of the D.C. Taxicab Association and a longtime spokesman on issues affecting the city's cabdrivers, died of cancer June 19 at Washington Hospital Center.
A cabdriver here since 1945, Mr. Schlaifer had testified numerous times over the years before the D.C. Public Service and D.C. Taxicab commissions. In the late 1960s, when the D.C. cab fare rate was one of the lowest among the nation's major cities, he pushed for raising fares,
An opponent of metered cabs, he also opposed the city's fixed-zone fare system and advocated a mileage-rate zone system in which fares would be determined by the miles a trip covered.
Mr. Schlaifer, who lived in Washington, was a native of Omaha. He came to Washington in 1939, and worked at the Briggs Sausage Co. He later was employed at Hoffberg's Delicatessen before getting his hacker's license.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Emma L. Schlaifer of Washington; and five brothers, Norman and David, both of Silver Spring, Joseph and Philip, both of Laguna Hills, Calif., and William, of Los Angeles.
NANCY G. MORGAN
Nancy Gardner Morgan, 64, a Northern Virginia volunteer and the wife of a retired Foreign Service officer, died June 22 at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore from injuries she received in a car accident near Thurmont, Md., on May 17.
A spokesman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said that Mrs. Morgan was riding on Route 15 in a car driven by her husband, William D. Morgan. He apparently fell asleep at the wheel and the car went off the road and crashed near Rte. 15 and Franklinville Road, authorities said. Mr. Morgan was hospitalized for a week with rib and back injuries.
Mrs. Morgan, who lived in Alexandria, was a native of Rochester, N.Y. She had attended Syracuse University. In 1949, she married Mr. Morgan, and accompanied him to assignments in Europe, Beirut and Montreal.
She had been a volunteer at his overseas posts and here at the State Department Housing Unit, the Lyceum Gift Shop in Alexandria and the Columbia Pike Thrift Shop in Arlington.
In addition to her husband, of Alexandria, her survivors include two children, Patricia L. Morgan of Plainfield, Vt., and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Thomas G. Morgan of Monterey, Calif.; a brother, Richard L. Gardner of Warsaw, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.
TOM W. SILLS
Tom Watson Sills, 82, a retired Army colonel who specialized in logistics, died June 23 at the Leewood nursing home in Annandale. He had Parkinson's disease.
He entered the Army in 1940, and served in the Mediterranean theater during World War II. After that, he held logistics posts here and abroad. He was an adviser with the South Vietnamese Army in 1956 and 1957, and then taught at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces until retiring from active duty in 1963.
Col. Sills spent the next 10 years, before retiring again in 1973, at American University, where he taught and was student aid director.
His military decorations included the Legion of Merit. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria.
Col. Sills, who lived in Falls Church, was a native of South Carolina. He was a 1929 graduate of The Citadel and received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University. He taught French and Spanish in South Carolina and spent five years with the Civilian Conservation Corps before entering the Army.
His first wife, the former Ann Gaster, died in 1966.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of Falls Church; two daughters, Mary Ann Marks of Arlington, and Katherine Susan Wilson of Monroe, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Madeline Budzynski of Hauppauge, N.Y., and Cynthia Davis of Smithtown, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren.
MOSES McAFEE GIBSON III
Moses McAfee Gibson III, 69, a retired Navy commander who had been an aviator and intelligence officer, died of congestive heart failure June 22 at the National Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Hospital. He lived in Arlington.
Cmdr. Gibson was a native of Mississippi and graduate of Tulane University. During World War II, he entered the Navy and became an aviator in 1942. He flew seaplane anti-submarine patrols in the Atlantic.
After the war, he flew from carriers and eventually piloted 68 models of aircraft during his career. He also served with the Defense Intelligence Agency before being assigned to his last assignment with the Naval Research Laboratory.
Since retiring from active duty in 1969, he had supervised his stock market and real estate rental investments.
He was a past president of the George Washington chapter, in Alexandria, of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He also was a past president of Washington Chapter No. 3 of the National Sojourners and a past chapter commander of its Heroes Society. He was a past president of the Cardinal Society, a Northern Virginia political group.
His marriage to Joy Gibson ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Anne, of Arlington; a sister, Patricia Tracey of Memphis; two stepsons, Cabell Hatfield Jr. of New York City, and Paul Hatfield of North Hollywood, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
DOROTHY N. BECK
Dorothy Nichols Beck, 71, a former librarian at Arlington's Wakefield High School and Swanson Intermediate School, died June 24 at her home in Alexandria. She had cancer.
Mrs. Beck was born in Detroit, and graduated from the University of Michigan where she also received a master's degree in library science. During World War II, she served as a communications officer in the WAVES.
Before moving to the Washington area in 1952, Mrs. Beck was a dormitory supervisor at the University of Wisconsin. She was a librarian at the Bureau of the Budget from 1952 to 1960, and an Arlington school librarian from 1963 to 1983.
Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Robert E. Beck of Alexandria; two sons, Robert E. Jr., of Alexandria, and Douglas N., of Arlington; and a brother, Perry F. Nichols of Brewster, Mass.
OWEN N. RAYNOR JR.
Owen Nicholas Raynor Jr., 84, a retired Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. bank examiner, died of congestive heart failure June 5 at Sun City Hospital in Sun City, Ariz.
Mr. Raynor was born in Washington. He worked 29 years for the FDIC before retiring as a senior bank examiner in 1962. He then worked two years as vice president and auditor of the Arlington-based First Virginia Corp., the holding company of First Virginia Bank. He had lived in Sun City since 1964.
His marriage to the former Margaret Elise Fahy ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine D. Raynor of Sun City; two children by his first marriage, Owen III, of Arlington, and Fahy R. Bygate of Boston; and six grandchildren.
GEORGE S. SMITH
FCC Broadcast Official
George Severn Smith, 89, a former Washington lawyer who was broadcast bureau chief of the Federal Communications Commission from 1966 to 1971, died of cardiac arrest and vascular disease June 2 at his home in Phoenix. A former Potomac resident, he moved to Phoenix in 1980.
He was a native of Ohio and an Army veteran of World War I. He moved here in the mid-1920s, and graduated from what was then National Law School. Except for a brief time with the FCC in the mid-1930s, he practiced law until rejoining the FCC in 1961 as an assistant to Commissioner Robert E. Lee. Mr. Smith retired in 1971.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Smith, and a son, George Jr., both of Phoenix; and a grandchild.