Robert William Keefe, 20, whose body was recovered from the Potomac River July 20, was a graduate of Walt Whitman High School, an art student at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., and the leader of his own band.
Mr. Keefe and some friends were camping on the river south of Angler's Inn in Montgomery County when they decided to swim to a nearby island about 1 a.m. July 18. Halfway across, Mr. Keefe began calling for help and disappeared. His body was found near the American Legion Bridge, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said.
A native of Washington and a resident of Cabin John, Mr. Keefe spent the 1983-84 school year in a high school in Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela. In 1988 he graduated from Walt Whitman High. Last spring he completed his sophomore year at Guilford College.
He was a former member of Boy Scout Troop No. 240 in Bethesda. He had summer construction jobs, and he also worked at Good Guys Pizza and Sub Shop in Glen Echo. He had been a cook there, and this summer he was acting night manager.
But Mr. Keefe's particular interest, according to his family, was a band he had started with some friends. He was a self-taught musician, and he played the guitar. The group had appeared at various local clubs and was looking forward to its first paid performance at a nightclub in Washington in August.
Because of work and other commitments, practices often had to be held early in the morning. On the morning of July 17, the band had what the members regarded as a particularly good practice, members of Mr. Keefe's family said, and decided to go camping.
Mr. Keefe was a member of the parish of St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Bethesda.
Survivors include his parents, William Joseph and Marie L. Keefe of Cabin John; a sister, Myriam E. Keefe, and two brothers, Sean Michael and James Matthew Keefe, all of Cabin John; and his grandparents, Robert and Marie Larsen of East Sandwich, Mass.
WILLIAM R. LITTLE
State Department Official
William Roy Little, 84, a retired State Department congressional liaison official, died of cancer July 24 at the Washington Home Hospice.
Mr. Little, who lived in Washington, was born in Oklahoma. During World War II, he was a regional administrator for the War Assets Administration in Atlanta before transferring here.
After the war, he worked briefly at the Soil and Conservation Service before joining the State Department in the late 1940s. He was an administrative officer at the U.S. Embassy in Havana from 1949 until 1952, when he returned here as a congressional liaison official. He retired in 1966.
In 1964, he received the State Department's Superior Service award.
His first wife, Wilhelmina Fontaine "Bill" Little, died in 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice A. Walker Little of Washington; a son from his first marriage, Willam R. Little Jr. of Satellite Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
THEODORE N. KOPSIDAS
Theodore Nicholas Kopsidas, 55, a Washington area businessman and a retired restaurateur, died of cancer July 24 at Georgetown University Hospital.
Mr. Kopsidas, who lived in Rockville, was a native of Greece. He came to the United States in 1956 and settled in the Washington area. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959.
He owned and operated the Buzz-Inn restaurant in Silver Spring from 1962 to 1972. After selling that business, he owned and operated the Leland Delicatessen in Chevy Chase until he sold it in 1989 and retired.
Mr. Kopsidas owned the Leland Laundromat in Bethesda and owned and managed residential properties in Washington, Gaithersburg, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Rockville.
Survivors include his wife, Maria Theodore Kopsidas of Rockville; four children, Spiros T. Kopsidas of Gaithersburg, Avdokia K. Pugh of Potomac, Nikolaos T. Kopsidas of Rockville and Artemis T. Kopsidas of Rockville; his parents, Nikolaos T. and Evdoxia Kopsidas of Greece; and six brothers, Paul and Robert Kopsidas, both of Potomac, Aristidis and John Kopsidas, both of Rockville, Vasilios Kopsidas of Silver Spring and Vageli Kopsidas of Greece.
Day Care Assistant
Sylvia Wright, 78, who since 1982 had helped her daughter run Rochelle's Loving Care Day Care Center in Fairfax, died of cancer July 3 at Fairfax Hospital.
Mrs. Wright, a resident of Fairfax, was born in Philadelphia. From about 1950 until she moved to the Washington area in 1982, she ran a candy store in Philadelphia.
Her husband, David Wright, died in 1985.
Survivors include a daughter, Rochelle Blum of Fairfax; two sisters, Esther Marchetti of Woodbridge, N.J., and Evelyn Halstead of Florida; a brother, Michael Kall of Philadelphia; and two grandchildren.
DOROTHY HADDOX YATES
Dorothy Haddox Yates, 87, a Florence Crittenton Home volunteer and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, died of respiratory and heart ailments July 24 at Suburban Hospital.
Mrs. Yates, who lived in Chevy Chase, was born in Gaithersburg. She graduated from Central High School in Washington and from George Washington University.
In 1931 she married Edwin L. Yates, a General Motors executive. They lived in Detroit from the late 1940s until 1963, when they moved to Little Switzerland, N.C., on his retirement.
Mrs. Yates returned to this area after he died in 1972.
Survivors include a sister, Eleanor Haddox Tyree of Chevy Chase.
JAMES RICHARD PLISKA
James Richard Pliska, 41, an administrative assistant with the meeting planning department of the Council of Social Work Education, died July 19 at his home in Washington. He had AIDS.
Mr. Pliska was born in Toledo, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Toledo. He was a high school English teacher in Lexington, Ky., before moving to the Washington area in the late 1970s.
He worked as a travel consultant before joining the staff of the Council of Social Work Education in 1986. He resigned for health reasons in April.
He was a member of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Rudy O'Brien of Washington.
Nathaniel Scott, 65, the founder and president of N. Scott Real Estate Inc. in Washington, died of cancer July 24 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Scott was born in Warren County, N.C. He served in the Army during World War II.
He settled in Washington after the war and worked as a civilian security guard at the Pentagon. In 1971, while still working at the Pentagon, he established his real estate business, which specialized in residential real estate. He retired from federal service in 1973, but continued in the operation of his real estate business until his death.
Mr. Scott was a member of the Washington Association of Realtors, Prince Hall Masonic Lodge and the Fort Stevens Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Helen N. Scott, and a son, Kevin G. Scott, both of Washington; and two brothers and two sisters.
ETHEL M. DAVIS
Ethel McGhee Davis, 89, who during the early 1930s was dean of women at Spelman College in Atlanta, died of cardiopulmonary arrest July 13 at Arlington Hospital. She lived in Falls Church.
Mrs. Davis, a resident of Falls Church since moving to the Washington area in 1989, was born in Georgia. She graduated from Oberlin College and the New York School of Social Work, and received a master's degree in college administration from Columbia University. She lived in New Jersey before moving here.
Her husband, John W. Davis, died in 1980.
Survivors include two children, Dorothy Davis McDaniel of Memphis and Caroline Davis Gleiter of Falls Church; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
CAROL J. KLEIN
Carol J. Klein, 64, a former secretary with GTE Spacenet Corp. in McLean, died of chronic lung ailments July 23 at her home in Falls Church.
Mrs. Klein was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She moved to this area in the mid-1950s.
During the 1960s she was a secretary for Rep. Don Edwards (D-Calif.). Later, she held other secretarial jobs. She had been at GTE Spacenet for about three years before retiring earlier this year for health reasons.
Her marriage to Donald Henry Klein ended in divorce.
Survivors include three children, Marcia Frew of Los Gatos, Calif., Jeffrey Klein of Leesburg and Kim Klein of Sterling; and seven grandchildren.
MADELINE MARY HOOVER
Madeline Mary Hoover, 70, a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died July 24 at the Potomac Valley Nursing Center in Rockville. She had a brain tumor.
Mrs. Hoover, a resident of Rockville, was born in Washington. As a young woman she worked briefly as a cosmetologist.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Raymond Hoover, who lives in a nursing home in Colorado Springs; a son, Michael D. Hoover of Springfield; two sisters, Eleanor Foster of Berwyn Heights and Fern Satriano of Plantation, Fla.; a brother, Richard Langley of Fairfax; and a granddaughter.
CLAIRE C. WILLIAMS
Claire C. Williams, 84, a native Washingtonian, died of heart ailments July 22 at her home in Nutley, N.J.
Mrs. Williams was a graduate of the old Wilson Normal School. She moved to East Orange, N.J., in 1931 and returned to this area in 1964, a year after the death of her husband, John F. Williams. She moved from Washington to Nutley last June.
She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Williams of Nutley and Thomas Williams of Philadelphia, and four grandchildren.