Warren D. Quenstedt, 78, the former deputy and acting general manager of Metro who played a pivotal role in the planning and construction of the regional rail system in the 1960s and 1970s, died of cancer Sept. 29 at Del Webb Memorial Hospital in Sun City West, Ariz.
Mr. Quenstedt also was a former civic and Democratic Party activist in Northern Virginia. He had been chairman of the Fairfax County Save Our Schools Committee that fought against proposals to close Virginia public schools rather than integrate them after the 1954 Supreme Court decision outlawing racial segregation in the nation's public schools.
He was the No. 2 man in Metro and its predecessor agency, the National Capital Transportation Agency, from 1961 until 1976, then became acting general manager until the appointment of Theodore C. Lutz in 1977. He served one more year as a consultant before retiring from the transportation authority.
Those years covered a critical period for Metro in which the various governmental authorities at the local, state and federal level in the District, Maryland and Virginia reached the agreements and compacts that resulted in construction of a rapid transit rail system for the region. Mr. Quenstedt played an influential role in bringing about that development.
It was his assignment to help sell the idea of a metropolitan rail plan to the community, and he spent hundreds of hours talking about it before civic and neighborhood associations, lobbying on Capitol Hill and in Richmond and Annapolis, and working to resolve disagreements between local authorities.
A native of Norfolk, Mr. Quenstedt grew up there and in Portsmouth, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Atlanta; Phoenix; and Los Angeles. As a young man he was a stenographer and clerk in Arizona and California, then a truck driver and supervisor at Shell Oil Co. in Los Angeles.
He served in the Navy during World War II and participated in combat operations during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, then moved to Washington after the war and graduated from George Washington University and its law school. In 1951 and 1952 he was law clerk to Judge Bennett Champ Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Later he was in private practice and served two years as a trial lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission. In 1956, he won the Democratic primary for the congressional nomination from Virginia's 10th District but lost in the general election to the Republican incumbent, Joel T. Broyhill.
In 1961, Mr. Quenstedt was named deputy administrator of the National Capital Transportation Agency, the temporary federal agency whose mission was to begin physical, organizational and financial planning for the Metro rapid rail system. His assignment was to function as liaison between the agency and Congress, the state and local political communities and the general public.
He became deputy general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority when that agency replaced the National Capital Transportation Agency in 1967, and in that capacity earned a reputation as an effective administrator with a comprehensive knowledge of Metro's problems and operations. He was acting general manager when the first segment of Metrorail, 4.6 miles and five stations, opened on March 27, 1976.
After leaving Metro, Mr. Quenstedt practiced law in Alexandria with the firm of Blair & Quenstedt. He retired in 1986 and moved to Sun City West.
He was a former vice chairman of the Founders Fund Drive that created Fairfax Hospital; chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Tax Advisory Committee and president of the Wellington Heights, Villamay and Mount Vernon Citizens Association. In 1956 he was awarded the Evening Star Cup as Fairfax County's Citizen of the Year.
He was a former president of the Mount Vernon Lions Club and a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Alexandria and Belle Haven Country Club, where he was an avid golfer.
His marriage to the former Viola Johnson ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Una Rita Morris Quenstedt of Sun City West; their two children, John Quenstedt of Springfield and Carolyn Quenstedt of Scottsville, Va.; a stepson, Robert Morris of Roswell, Ga.; and two grandchildren.
G. VICTOR SIMPSON
G. Victor Simpson, 91, an area ophthalmologist for 50 years before retiring in 1978 who had served as the first chairman of the ophthalmology department of Washington Hospital Center, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 29 at his home in Washington.
Dr. Simpson was a native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario. After serving his ophthalmology residency in New York City, he came here and began practicing medicine and surgery in Washington in 1928.
He served as eye chairman of the old Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, and was active in its merger into the new Washington Hospital Center. He helped found the Hospital Center's uveitis clinic.
Dr. Simpson taught courses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, served on the advisory board of the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and had been a consultant to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He had served as president of the Canadian Club of Washington and was a member of the D.C. Medical Society, and the Columbia Country and University clubs.
He was the recipient of a 1972 honor award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a 1965 distinguished service award from the Washington Hospital Center.
Dr. Simpson had been a flight surgeon with the Army Air Forces during World War II.
His wife of 60 years, the former Helen Louise Probey, died in March 1990. His survivors include two daughters, Helen-Louise Hunter of Bethesda and Jane Simpson Duffield of Hinton, W.Va.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
MARGARET K. TEACHOUT
Margaret K. Teachout, 100, a volunteer with the ladies board at Georgetown University Hospital and the Sisters of Good Shepherd home for girls in Washington, died of a heart ailment Sept. 29 at her home in Washington.
Mrs. Teachout was born in Kentucky and grew up in Indiana. She graduated from Indiana State University and received a master's degree in education from the University of Chicago.
She came to Washington in the early 1920s as an education programs director at what later became the Veterans Administration. She retired in the late 1930s.
Mrs. Teachout was a volunteer counselor at Opus Dei, the St. Francis of Rome Guild and the Guild of the Good Shepherd where she was a founding member. In 1961, she received a papal award for her volunteer work.
She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and the Foxhall Citizens Association.
Her husband, Dr. Robert Teachout, died in 1965. She leaves no immediate survivors.