Virginia Ronsaville, 86, a retired French teacher and assistant principal in D.C. public schools, died of cancer Sept. 21 at Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda.

Miss Ronsaville was born in Washington and had lived in the same house in Kensington since childhood. She graduated from Central High School in Washington and George Washington University, and she received a master's degree in education from Middlebury College.

In 1930, she joined the Montgomery County school system and taught at Damascus High School. About 1936, she became a teacher in the D.C. school system. She taught French at McKinley Technical High School and Woodrow Wilson High. She became assistant principal of Woodrow Wilson and held that position until retiring in 1965.

Miss Ronsaville traveled widely after her retirement. She was a member of the Twentieth Century Club, Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington and the D.C. Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include a sister, Marian Ronsaville of Kensington.


Air Force Colonel

Robert Bruce Hetherington, 57, a retired Air Force colonel who was a civilian transportation staff officer with the Military Traffic Management Command from 1981 to 1989, died of a heart ailment Sept. 21 at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He lived in Purcellville.

Col. Hetherington, who was a native of Washington, was a graduate of Hyattsville High School and the University of Maryland. He served in the Air Force from 1957 to 1981. He flew B-47 bombers with the Strategic Air Command before flying cargo planes with Military Airlift Command in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. His last assignment was with the Military Traffic Management Command.

His decorations included the Bronze Star and the National Defense Service Medal.

Survivors include his wife, George Ann, and three daughters, Kristine, Barbara, and Colleen Hetherington, all of Purcellville; and a sister, Barbara Follin Sigworth of Beltsville.