GAO Counsel

John J. Higgins, 73, retired associate general counsel for the General Accounting Office, died of cancer July 21 at Suburban Hospital.

Mr. Higgins, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Salem, Mass. He moved to the Washington area in 1940 and began working for the FBI.

He received a law degree from what then was Columbus Law School and in 1952 joined the staff of the GAO. He retired as associate general counsel in 1980. He received the agency's Distinguished Service Award in 1975.

Mr. Higgins was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring, the Washington Council of the Knights of Columbus and the men's club of St. John's College High School.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Mary G. Higgins of Silver Spring, and two children, Mary Patricia Higgins of Arlington and John J. Higgins of Silver Spring.



Robert Louis O'Brien, 60, a retired auditor who worked in the inspector general's office of the Department of Agriculture, died July 16 at Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., of complications after a stroke.

Mr. O'Brien was born in Cincinnati. He served in the Army during the Korean War and attended Xavier University in Cincinnati.

He worked as an auditor in Cincinnati until the early 1960s, when he joined the Agency for International Development and served as an auditor in Taiwan. He moved to the Washington area in 1963, worked one year as an auditor for the State Department, two years as an auditor with Atlantic Research Corp., then joined the Agriculture Department. He retired from the government in 1980, then owned and operated Cottman Transmission in Springfield.

A former resident of Annandale, Mr. O'Brien moved to Berlin, Md., earlier this year.

Survivors include his wife, Marian Geiger O'Brien of Berlin; six children, David (Elias) O'Brien, a Carmelite friar of Ayelesford, England, Daniel O'Brien of Berlin, Mary O'Brien of Waldorf, Eileen Clark of Charleston, Ore., and Diane O'Brien and Deborah Quetsch, both of Richmond; and two grandchildren.



Cecelia Kamens Goulde, 71, a former manager of women's clothing stores, died of cancer July 22 at Leewood Nursing Home in Annandale.

Mrs. Goulde was born in Chelsea, Mass., and graduated from Massachusetts Osteopathy College. She moved to the Washington area in the 1940s.

From the 1950s to the early 1970s she managed El Frank women's clothing store at Seven Corners and other women's clothing stores.

She was a former Cub Scout den mother in Falls Church and had done volunteer work for the sisterhoods of the Arlington-Fairfax Jewish Congregation and Beth El Congregation in Alexandria.

A former resident of Falls Church, Mrs. Goulde moved to Miami in 1973. She returned to this area and entered the nursing home earlier this month.

Her husband, Leonard Goulde, died in 1986.

Survivors include two children, Rochelle Zohn of McLean and Michael Goulde of Needham, Mass.; two brothers, I.M. Kamens and H.R. Kamens, both of Chelsea; and three grandchildren.


General's Wife

Nancy Crawford Welling, 70, a retired Army major general's wife who accompanied her husband to military posts in the United States and Germany, died of lung cancer July 21 at Arlington Hospital.

Mrs. Welling lived in Washington from 1957 to 1960 when her husband, Gen. Alvin C. Welling of the Army Corps of Engineers, was assigned here as engineer commissioner for the District of Columbia.

She was born at Fort Belvoir to a military family and grew up on various military posts. She attended Briar Cliff College in New York. Since 1973 she had been a permanent resident of Arlington, but had spent summers in the Adirondacks and winters in Florida.

Mrs. Welling was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Arlington.

In addition to her husband, of Arlington, survivors include three children, Mary W. Schaller of Burke, Peter A. Welling of Cambridge, Mass., and Brent C. Welling of San Francisco; a brother, retired Army Brig. Gen. Roscoe C. Crawford Jr. of Colorado Springs; and four grandchildren.


Springfield Resident

Elizabeth H. McLean, 75, a longtime resident of the Washington area, died July 20 at her home in Springfield after a heart attack.

Mrs. McLean was born in Durham, N.C. She moved to the Washington area in 1929 and attended Strayer Business College. As a young woman, she worked for the Department of the Army, the Works Progress Administration and the Justice Department.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth D. McLean Sr. of Springfield; four children, Kenneth D. McLean Jr. of Canoga Park, Calif., Sandra Kipps of Fairfax, Frank McLean of Durham and Robert McLean of Newport, N.C.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.