Ralph J. Maglione, 63, a retired Air Force major general and veteran of two wars whose last assignment before retiring from active duty in 1977 was as the Air Force's legislative liaison director, died of cancer July 15 at his home in Potomac.

He flew 104 combat fighter missions in Korea during the war there. From 1972 to 1973, he served in Vietnam, where he was chief of the operations and planning staff of the Defense Attache's office.

Other assignments included a tour from 1965 to 1967 as commander and leader of the Air Force's famed precision flying team, the Thunderbirds.

Gen. Maglione, who had lived in the Washington area for the past 15 years, was a native of Akron, Ohio. He entered the aviation cadet program in 1949 and received his wings and commission the following year.

During his peacetime career, he set speed records in his fighter, commanded a pilot training wing in Arizona, and served for a time as chief of the Air Force's House of Representatives liaison office.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, he received a master's degree in foreign affairs from George Washington University. He was a 1968 graduate of the National War College.

His decorations included the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Medal, six Air Medals and commendation medals from the Joint Service, Army and Air Force.

After retiring from the Air Force, Gen. Maglione had served as president of Maglione Associates, which did consulting work for aircraft manufacturers.

Survivors include his wife, the former Caroline B. Stofcho, and a daughter, Annette Feathers, both of Potomac.


Arlington Teacher

Mary Griffith Kendrick, 84, an English and literature teacher at Wakefield High School in Arlington from 1953 until retiring in 1965, died of congestive heart failure July 10 at her home in Churchton, Md.

Mrs. Kendrick, a former Arlington resident, was born in Ohio. She lived in the Washington area from 1929 until moving to Churchton in 1968.

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, she received a master's degree in education from George Washington University.

She was a past chairman of the Girl Scouts of Greater Washington and past president of the Mortar Board of Greater Washington. She had served as a flotilla vice president of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Anne Arundel County and was a member of the Aurora Hills Women's Club in Arlington and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Kendrick was a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church in Deale, Md. She had served as chairman of pastor-parish relations at the church.

Her husband, James Frank Kendrick, died in 1973. Her survivors include a son, James Griffith Kendrick of Lincoln, Neb.; a daughter, Janice K. Archold of West Chester, Pa.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.



Eva K. Haughey, 78, a retired economic analyst at the Treasury Department, died July 13 at Manor Care nursing home in Arlington. She had rheumatoid arthritis.

Mrs. Haughey, who had lived at Manor Care since January, was a native of Nebraska. She was a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and George Washington University law school.

She came to the Washington area in 1934. She worked briefly as a secretary on Capitol Hill before joining the public debt analysis staff of the Treasury Department in the late 1930s. She retired in 1967.

Mrs. Haughey had been a member of the Lake Barcroft Community Association in Fairfax.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, John P. Haughey of Falls Church, and a brother, Kenneth Kailey of Dallas.


Author of Books for Children

Helen Spelman Rogers, 77, a retired New York secretary who was a writer of children's books and an area resident since 1981, died July 12 at Howard County General Hospital. She had pancreatitis and diabetes.

Mrs. Rogers, who lived in Columbia, was a native of Binghamton, N.Y.

Her books included "Morris and His Brave Lion" and "The Purple Horse." She also wrote short stories and poems for adults that appeared in magazines.

She had been a freelance feature writer for the Columbia Flier, a weekly newspaper, from 1982 to about 1986. She was a producer and later emcee of "Spotlight on Seniors," which aired on Channel 8 on Howard County Cable Televison.

She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Howard County.

Her marriages to Harry Balin, Norbert Adler and Robert Rogers ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son from her first marriage, Donald Balin of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; a sister, Annette Ackerman of Binghamton; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.



Carol Waters Alston, 33, a retired cost accountant at the U.S. mint in San Francisco and a former auditor for the General Accounting Office here, died of cardiac arrest July 13 at her home in Bethesda. She had diabetes.

Mrs. Alston was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of the University of Maryland. She became an auditor with the GAO in 1978. In 1983, she transferred to California, where she was a Defense Department auditor in Oakland before becoming a cost accountant at the mint.

She retired for health reasons in 1987 and returned to the Washington area.

Mrs. Alston was a resident associate at the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Friends of the Kennedy Center and the American Diabetes Foundation.

Survivors include her husband, David B. Alston of Bethesda; a stepdaughter, Nicole Alston of Philadelphia; a brother, Alvin X. Waters Jr. of Oklahoma City; and a sister, Jacqueline E. Waters of Baltimore.


General Contractor

Doris Skinker Gil, 76, a retired secretary-treasurer and co-owner of the Skinker & Garrett general contracting company, died of cancer July 16 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.

Skinker & Garrett was co-founded by Mrs. Gil's father in 1911. She worked there from 1940 until it was sold in 1983.

Mrs. Gil was a native of Washington. She was a graduate of Miss Eastman's School for Girls and George Washington University.

Her marriage to William E. McReynolds Jr. ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Jose Hamilton Gil of Bethesda; a daughter by her first marriage, Mary McReynolds Rolandi of Potomac; and a granddaughter.


Mailroom Supervisor

Willie L. Harrison, 75, who worked for the Veterans Administration for 38 years before retiring in 1979 as a mailroom supervisor, died July 14 at his home in Washington. He had cancer.

Mr. Harrsion, a North Carolina native who came here about 1940, was an Army veteran of World War II. In addition to his work at the VA, he also had been a cabdriver and barber.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Marshall Heights in Washington and Social Masonic Lodge No. 1 in Washington.

His wife, Willie R. Harrison, died in 1979. His survivors include a son, Roger L., of Pasadena, Calif.; a daughter, Sheila H. Gill of New Carrollton; three brothers, James, of Seat Pleasant, and Joseph and John, both of Washington; five sisters, Audrey Johnson of Temple Hills, and Mamie Killebrew, Marie Bullock, Sarah Blackwell and Gladys Jackson, all of Washington; and four grandchildren.


Area Resident Since 1958

Georgie A. Lightfoot, 98, an area resident since 1958, died of complications from a broken hip July 16 at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, Md. A Silver Spring resident, she broke her hip while vacationing.

Mrs. Lightfoot was born in Savannah, Ga. She came here from New York City, where she had run a boarding house in the 1930s.

Her husband, James Fort Lightfoot, died in 1958. A son, James R. Lightfoot, died in May. Her survivors include three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.