Leonard M. Elstad, 91, who served as president of Gallaudet College in Washington from 1945 to 1969, died June 27 at a nursing home in Mauston, Wisc. of complications after a stroke.
Mr. Elstad spent his entire career as an educator of the deaf and hearing-impaired. He was the third president of Gallaudet, the nation's first and only liberal arts college for the deaf.
During his presidency the college -- it has since been upgraded to a university -- became fully accredited for the first time in 1957 after an $8.6 million building program. In 1964, Mr. Elstad presided over the ceremonies commemorating Gallaudet's 100th year.
It was also under Mr. Elstad's leadership that the Model Secondary School for the Deaf was established on the Gallaudet campus.
Mr. Elstad was born in Osseo, Wisc. and graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Upon graduation he came to Gallaudet to take a training course for teachers of the deaf, and in 1923 he received a master's degree in education of the deaf at Gallaudet.
He taught English and history at Gallaudet for a year and then served as principal of the Kendall School for the Deaf on the Gallaudet campus. In 1927 he went to New York City, where he taught for six years at the Wright Oral School for the Deaf.
Later Mr. Elstad served for 13 years as superintendent of the Minnesota State School for the Deaf in Faribault before returning to Gallaudet as president in 1945.
He received honorary doctorates from Gallaudet and St. Olaf. From 1945 to 1948, he was editor of the American Annals of the Deaf. He attended international congresses on education of the deaf in the Netherlands and England and was a member of the Conference of Executives of American Schools for the Deaf, the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf and the honorary board of the Alexander Graham Bell Speech Association.
Mr. Elstad was a former senior warden of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Washington, president of the Washington Rotary Club and chairman of the Anacostia District of the National Capital Area Boy Scout Council. He was a member of the Cosmos Club, the University Club and the education committee of the Washington Board of Trade.
In retirement, Mr. Elstad had lived in Savannah, Ga. and Mauston.
His first wife, Margaret W. Elstad, died in 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Nora Larsen Elstad of Mauston; a daughter of his first marriage, Margaret E. Hegstrom of Savannah, and two grandsons.
Army Major General
Thomas North, 97, a retired Army major general who served for 22 years as executive secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission, died of kidney failure June 26 at Walter Reed Army Hospital.
Gen. North served 51 years in the Army before retiring in 1968, and he was a veteran of World War I and World War II.
A resident of Washington, he was born in London. In 1911 he moved to New York and worked in an office of architects and landscape engineers until 1917, when he joined the Army.
During World War I, he served in Gen. John J. Pershing's headquarters in France, where he was responsible for operations maps. While serving in that capacity he was made a naturalized U.S. citizen and commissioned as an officer.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Gen. North served with the American Battle Monuments Commission in Europe, where he helped select sites for World War I memorials.
He served on the staff of Army chief of staff Gen. George C. Marshall during World War II, then in 1946 was appointed executive secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. In that job he was responsible for coordinating, financing, planning and supervising the construction of 19 monuments and 14 cemeteries all over the world.
His decorations included a Distinguished Service Medal and a Purple Heart.
Gen. North was a member of the Army-Navy Country Club and the Chevy Chase Club.
His wife, the former Ann Ryan, died in 1985.
There are no immediate survivors.
CHARLOTTE V. KENNEDY
Charlotte V. Kennedy, 72, a retired office manager at the Washington bureau of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and a member of social and community groups in Greenbelt, died of a stroke June 23 at Doctor's Hospital of Prince George's County in Lanham.
Miss Kennedy, who lived in Greenbelt, was a native of Frederick, Md. She attended Park College in Missouri and George Washington University.
She came to the Washington area during World War II as a government secretary. She became a secretary at Newsweek magazine in 1945 and was an office manager there when she left in 1966. She then worked here as a secretary for three years before becoming office manager at the Plain Dealer in 1969. She retired in 1983.
Miss Kennedy was a volunteer proofreader at the Greenbelt News Review. She was a member of the Greenbelt Golden Age Club, the Greenbelt Senior Advisory Committee, the Friends of the Greenbelt Library, the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club, the OASIS Club and the Prince George's County Opera Guild.
Survivors include three sisters, Mary Ann Kennedy of Baltimore, Jane Scavone of San Antonio and Patricia Gernand of Oldsmar, Fla.; and two brothers, John H. Kennedy of Frederick, and Michael P. Kennedy of Catonsville, Md.
MICHAEL TRAINOR BERESFORD
Sales Representative and Coach
Michael Trainor Beresford, 46, a medical sales representative and longtime Alexandria youth soccer and basketball coach, died June 26 at Alexandria Hospital. He had cancer.
Mr. Beresford, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Ames, Iowa. He graduated from Florida State University.
He moved to the Washington area from Milwaukee in 1976 and had worked here and in Roanoke as a sales representative for the Edward Wech Surgical Instrument Company.
Mr. Beresford was a member of the Belle Haven Country Club and a coach in the Alexandria and Fort Hunt youth leagues.
Survivors include his wife, Delores "Dee" Beresford, and three sons, Michael Trainor Beresford Jr., Charles Joseph Beresford and Brett William Beresford, all of Alexandria; his mother, Dorothy Beresford of Hampton, N.H.; and a sister, Toni Trombley of Burlington, Vt.