Freelance Writer

Ann Bird Lawless, 61, a freelance writer and journalist who had worked for various newspapers and radio stations in West Virginia, died of cancer Aug. 14 at Arlington Hospital.

Mrs. Lawless, a resident of Sterling, was born in Hinton, W.Va. She graduated from the West Virginia University school of journalism.

In addition to working for newspapers and radio stations, she was the executive assistant to Robert McDonough, the West Virginia state Democratic Party chairman during the 1960 presidential primary between John F. Kennedy and Hubert H. Humphrey. Winning the West Virginia primary was a crucial step in Kennedy's run for the White House.

In 1970, Mrs. Lawless moved to the Washington area. She was a freelance speech writer, and at her death she was working on a volume of poetry.

Survivors include her husband, George E. Lawless Jr., whom she married in 1949, of Sterling; and three sons, William Edward Lawless of Plano, Tex., George Edward Lawless III of Sterling, and John Martin Lawless of Providence, R.I.


U. of Maryland Chaplain

The Rev. Canon Wofford Kreth Smith, 62, the Episcopal chaplain emeritus of the University of Maryland, died of cancer Aug. 10 at his home in College Park.

Canon Smith was born in Birmingham, Ala. A graduate of Auburn University, he received a master's degree in speech from the University of Alabama and a master's degree in divinity from the University of the South. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1958. As a young man he also served in the Coast Guard.

He was a teacher in Arkansas and Missouri before moving to the Washington area in 1965 to become Episcopal chaplain at the University of Maryland. He continued in that post until 1986, when he became chaplain emeritus.

From 1965 to 1973, Canon Smith was chairman of the Maryland advisory committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and he helped develop policies for school desegregation and equal access to housing. From 1979 to 1982, he was president of the Episcopal Society for Ministry in Higher Education. A licensed pilot, he also was the chaplain and the mission pilot of the Civil Air Patrol.

After retiring from Maryland, Canon Smith was interim rector at St. Paul's Rock Creek Parish and All Souls Episcopal Church, both in Washington.

His marriage to Virginia Brown ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Platz of College Park; three childen by his first marriage, Virginia Conner Smith of Silver Spring, Robert Faircloth Smith of Takoma Park, and Andrew Wofford Smith of Hyattsville; two sisters, Anne McClellan of Farmville, Va., and Caroline Vann of Huntsville, Ala.; and three grandchildren.



Leroy G. Settle, a retired accountant, died Aug. 12 at Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Settle, who lived in Springfield, was born in Washington. He graduated from Wilson High School and Benjamin Franklin University. He had worked in Washington as an accountant for Sun Oil Co., The Washington Daily News, and Adkins & Ainley insurance, where he retired in 1985.

In retirement he had done part-time management and accounting work for the International Order of Odd Fellows. He was an Odd Fellow and a member of the Moose Lodge in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia N. Settle of Springfield; three children, Dennis Settle of Baltimore, Marty Settle of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Patricia Bitter of Waldorf; and three grandchildren.


Navy Employee

Joseph "Bucky" Byrne, 60, a Navy public works employee and a fourth-generation Washingtonian, died of cancer Aug. 5 at the naval hospital in Pensacola, Fla.

Mr. Byrne, a resident of Pensacola, graduated from Gonzaga College High School and the University of Maryland. He served in the Navy in the Korean War.

About 1956, he went to work for the Navy Department as a civilian. He worked in the Washington area until about 1970, when he was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an official of the Navy Public Works Center. The rest of his career was spent at other overseas posts. He was the production support manager at Subic Bay in the Philippines when he became ill.

Mr. Byrne was a former member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Washington.

His marriage to Carol Byrne ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Byrne of Pensacola; four children by his first marriage, Tina Cherry, Shelley O'Baker, Joseph Byrne and Michael Byrne, all of Orlando, Fla.; two children by his second marriage, Diane Byrne and Robert Byrne, both of Pensacola; his mother, Daphne Moore of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; five sisters, Marie Lawrence and Patricia Ward, both of Arlington, Sara Campbell of Springfield, Jane Collins of Silver Spring, and Margaret Herring of Hyattsville; one brother, John Byrne of Atlanta; one half-brother, Gerry Moore of Fort Lauderdale; and six grandchildren.


Customs Official

Julius Zamosky, 71, a retired director of the headquarters security division of the U.S. Customs Service, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 14 at the Bowie Health Center. He lived in Bowie.

He began his government career in 1948 in New York as a criminal investigator with what was then the Treasury Department's Customs Bureau. He transferred to Washington in 1971 as security division director. He held that post until retiring in 1979.

Mr. Zamosky was a native of New York City and graduated from New York University with an accounting degree. He served with the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

Since 1989, he had been president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees chapter No. 264 in Hyattsville. He was a member of Temple Nevey Shalom in Bowie. He had done volunteer work helping senior citizens groups in Prince George's County.

Survivors include his wife, Libby, of Bowie; a son, Lee Joseph Zamosky of Crofton, Md.; a daughter, Anne Shapiro of Marlboro, N.J.; a brother, Hyman, of New Jersey; and two grandchildren.