The obituary Tuesday of Frances McConnell Rosa, 86, a retired official of the International Monetary Fund, misstated the year of the death of her husband, Joseph Rosa. He died in 1980. (Published 8/9/90)
John A. Gronvall, 59, a pathologist who was a retired chief medical director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, died after a heart attack Aug. 2 in Nags Head, N.C. He was stricken while vacationing with his family.
As the department's chief medical director from 1987 to April 1990, he supervised the nation's largest health-care system. A staff of more than 200,000 medical personnel provides health-care services at about 172 hospitals. The department treats about 4 million veterans each year.
He came to the Washington area and began his government career with the Veterans Administration in 1983 as deputy assistant medical director for academic affairs. He also served as the VA's deputy chief medical director and spent four months as acting chief medical director before becoming chief medical director in January 1987. He had been a Veterans Affairs Distinguished Physician since April.
Dr. Gronvall, who lived in Arlington, was a native of Minneapolis. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and its medical school. He served residencies in anatomic pathology and neuropathology at the University of Minnesota and was certified by the American Board of Pathology.
From 1960 to 1968, he was affiliated with the University of Mississippi medical school, where he taught pathology and was an associate dean and associate director of its medical center. He joined the University of Michigan in 1968, where he became medical school dean in 1971 and a full professor of pathology in 1972.
Dr. Gronvall served as executive council chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges from 1978 to 1979. From 1981 to 1982, he chaired its liaison committee on medical education, which accredits American and Canadian medical schoools.
From 1971 to 1976, he served on the congressionally chartered Veterans Affairs special medical advisory group. He also was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Survivors include his wife, the former Cynthia A. Doherty, of Arlington; two sons; and a daughter.
JOAQUIN E. MEYER
Joaquin E. Meyer, 83, a former Cuban diplomat who later served as special assistant to the president of the Inter-American Development Bank, died of cancer Aug. 5 at Hospice of Washington.
Mr. Meyer, who lived in Washington, was born in Trinidad, Cuba. He received a law degree from the University of Havana and joined the Cuban diplomatic service in 1933. He served in a variety of posts in the United States, Europe and Latin America and was a delegate to the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, which resulted in the establishment of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
In 1956, he was posted in Washington as the representative of the Cuban Institute for Sugar Stabilization. He resigned that position shortly after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959 and went to work for the World Bank as an adviser on Latin American affairs in the division of information.
A year later, Mr. Meyer became director of information at the Inter-American Development Bank. He held that post until retiring in 1972. Shortly after retiring, he was recalled as special assistant to bank president Antonio Ortiz Mena and served in that capacity until 1987.
Mr. Meyer was a member of the Metropolitan Club, Burning Tree Club and Annunciation Catholic Church in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Alicia Meyer of Washington; three children, Alicia Tremols of Miami, Isabel Calonder of Aix-en-Provence, France, and Carlos Meyer of Annapolis; a sister, Margarita Pedrozo of Chicago; and six grandchildren.
FRANCES M. ROSA
IMF Pensions Officer
Frances McConnell Rosa, 86, a retired pensions officer with the International Monetary Fund who was a member of the Woman's National Democratic Club, died Aug. 5 at Prince George's Hospital Center. She had a heart ailment.
Mrs. Rosa, who lived at Collington Episcopal retirement home in Mitchellville, was a native of La Crosse, Wis. She graduated from Vassar College in 1927 and came to the Washington area in the mid-1930s.
She was a secretary in the Roosevelt White House before joining the IMF as an executive secretary in the mid-1940s. She retired as a pensions officer in 1958.
That year, she married Joseph Rosa. She accompanied him to Foreign Service assignments in Vietnam and Korea. He died in 1958. She leaves no immediate survivors.