Alfred Dennis Sieminski, 79, a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey who was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died of a heart attack Dec. 13 at Fairfax Hospital.
Mr. Sieminski, who lived in Vienna, was stricken while attending the annual Christmas party of the McLean Kiwanis Club.
A native of Jersey City, Mr. Sieminski was a graduate of Princeton University and attended Harvard Law School. Before World War II, he was an official of a laundry business in Jersey City.
During World War II, he enlisted in the Army as a private. He was commissioned and served in the infantry in Italy. He later was a military government officer in Austria. He was a major and served in the early stages of the Korean War in 1950.
Later in 1950 he was elected to Congress. He took his seat on Jan. 3, 1951, and served until Jan. 3, 1959, having failed to win his party's nomination for the 1958 election.
After leaving Congress, Mr. Sieminski worked briefly as a school official in Princeton, N.J. In 1962, he went to work at the General and Medical Reference Library of the Veterans Administration, and he remained there until he retired in 1973.
He was a member of the Association of Former Members of Congress, and he was a golfer.
Survivors include his wife, the former Countess Marie Felice Czarkowski-Golejewska of Vienna; two stepdaughters, Isabella Noyes of San Francisco and Christine Elizabeth Andreoni of Sydney; a stepson, Roman Mycielski, of Warsaw; and five grandchildren.
THOMAS McINTYRE COOLEY II
Law School Dean
Thomas McIntyre Cooley II, 80, retired dean of the University of Pittsburgh Law School, died of a heart attack Dec. 9 at Loudoun Memorial Hospital in Leesburg.
Mr. Cooley, who lived in Knoxville, Md., was visiting a daughter in Middleburg when he was stricken. From 1941 to 1988, he had a home in Waterford.
He maintained a second home in Pittsburgh while associated with the university, where he was law dean from 1957 to 1972, and a law professor until 1980, when he retired as a professor emeritus. He continued to teach until his death.
A native of Detroit, Mr. Cooley was a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard University Law School. During World War II, he worked for the State Department and the House Immigration and Naturalization Committee.
After the war, he was counsel to the labor management subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Labor and Education, and from about 1951 to 1957 he was a member of the law firm Weaver and Glassie in Washington.
For the past decade Mr. Cooley worked as an arbitrator. He belonged to the American Arbitration Association, the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Industrial Relations Research Association.
He was a founder of the Waterford Chorus and the Waterford Players and a member of the board of the Waterford Foundation.
His wife, Helen Stringham Cooley, died in 1986.
Survivors include three daughters, Abigail Modjeska of Columbus, Ohio, Harriet Stringham Cooley of Alexandria and Hilary Elizabeth Cooley of Middleburg; and two grandchildren.
GARLAND WOODING 'GARI' THOMPSON
Garland Wooding "Gari" Thompson, 53, personnel manager of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and a former director of the executive training program at the Office of Personnel Management, died of a heart attack Dec. 11 at Suburban Hospital.
Mrs. Thompson, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Washington. She graduated from Mount Vernon Seminary, attended Northwestern University and graduated from George Washington University.
She began her government career in the late 1950s with the Civil Rights Commission. She later worked in the field of personnel for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
In 1965, after taking time off to start her family, Mrs. Thompson went to work for an engineering research firm. In 1968, she joined the Civil Service Commission, the predecessor of OPM. From 1975 to 1979, she was in Kings Point, N.Y., as assistant director and director of the agency's Executive Training Center.
Mrs. Thompson returned to Washington as director of the executive training program of OPM. In 1985, she joined the National Academy of Public Administration to work on training programs, and in 1989 she joined the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Her marriage to Owen B. Thompson ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter, Leslie Thompson Morgan of Washington; her mother, Lois S.W. Mitchell of Bethesda; and two sisters, Lois W. Morley and Nancy W. Bonifant, both of Silver Spring.
SAMUEL W. MATTHEWS
National Geographic Editor
Samuel W. Matthews, 64, senior assistant editor for production of National Geographic magazine, died of cancer Dec. 13 at his home in Bethesda.
He began work for the National Geographic Society in 1951 as a writer in its news service, and joined the magazine in 1957 as a writer. He often wrote about scientific topics, including the ocean, atomic testing, movement of the Earth's plates, climate and ice.
He became senior assistant editor in 1981, overseeing production of the magazine's text.
Mr. Matthews was a native of Lewistown, Pa., and a 1945 graduate of Yale University, where he received a bachelor's degree in naval science. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific. He served in the Naval Reserve from 1947 to 1969, retiring as a captain.
He was a reporter from 1947 to 1950 for the Stamford (Conn.) Advocate, and came to Washington in 1950 to be a writer for Science Service. He was co-author of "Decade of Decision," a book about the Yale class of 1946.
Mr. Matthews belonged to the National Association of Science Writers, the Yale Club of Washington, the Chevy Chase Club and Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Kathryn Pressly Matthews of Bethesda; a daughter, Mary Witherspoon Matthews of Germantown; two sons, David P. Matthews of Salt Lake City and Thomas E. Matthews of Littleton, Colo.; a sister, Harriet Metcalf of New Bern, N.C.; and three step-grandsons.
RAYMOND C. APPEL
Raymond C. Appel, 72, a retired supervisory budget analyst for the Department of the Air Force, died Dec. 12 at Fairfax Hospital of complications after open heart surgery.
Mr. Appel, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Syracuse, N.Y. He attended Syracuse University. During World War II, he was an Army finance officer.
After the war he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers at Governors Island, N.Y., until 1948, when he moved to the Washington area and began working for the Air Force. He retired as a supervisory budget analyst in 1974.
He later worked as a senior associate in federal budgeting at the Executive Service Management Institute in Arlington, and from 1977 until this year he was a budget and financial management instructor with the Office of Personnel Management in Washington and at OPM regional offices in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago.
Mr. Appel was a participant in square and round dance organizations and a former round dance instructor. He was a motorcyclist and a member of the Northeast Harley Davidson Dresser and Touring Association.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Eloise M. Appel of Falls Church; three children, Marilyn Gibson of Panama City, Fla., Patricia Ricketts of Richmond and Gary Appel of Lewisburg, W.Va.; and eight grandchildren.
GENEVIEVE L. ROJKO
Genevieve L. Rojko, 64, a volunteer worker at Children's Hospital and in programs to teach reading to people unable to speak English, died of cancer Dec. 11 at Arlington Hospital.
Mrs. Rojko, who lived in McLean, was born in Holyoke, Mass. She graduated from Smith College and received a master's degree in sociology from George Washington University. She had been a resident of the Washington area since 1949.
She was a former member of the executive board of the Post-Cana Group of Northern Virginia, a Catholic Church-sponsored organization for widows and widowers. She was fluent in Spanish and German and helped conduct tours of the Washington area for visiting foreign dignitaries.
Mrs. Rojko was a member of Women's Equity Action League.
Her husband, Anthony S. Rojko, died in 1978.
Survivors include six children, Phyllis R. Pearce of Burke, Jennifer L. Rojko of Columbus, Ohio, Constance R. Schmidt of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Patricia D. Mulreany of Midlothian, Va., Catherine M. Rojko of Washington and Anthony C. Rojko of McLean; three sisters, Mary Sheridan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Marjorie Graham of Pace, Fla., and Adelaide Kass of Vero Beach, Fla.; a brother, Charles Smith of Holyoke; and eight grandchildren.
LINWOOD H. JORDON
Teacher and Silversmith
Linwood H. Jordon, 77, a retired teacher and silversmith, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 6 at his home in Temple Hills.
Mr. Jordon was born in Fairfax, and he graduated from Cardozo High School in Washington. In the 1930s he moved to Baltimore, where he worked as a commercial artist and opened an art studio. Later, he began commuting three nights a week to study at Philadelphia Museum College, and he graduated in 1950 with a fine arts degree in silversmithing.
He taught art at Baltimore's Carver Technical Vocational High School from 1945 until retiring in 1975. He also made gold and silver jewelry, and his work was displayed at exhibitions at Morgan State and Coppin State universities. Beginning in 1956, Mr. Jordon also taught for 17 years at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
He returned to the Washington area in 1978 and set up a shop in the basement of his Temple Hills house, where he made jewelry.
He was a member of St. John's CME Church in Washington.
Survivors include his wife, Willie Mae Jordon of Temple Hills; three daughters, Mildred Delaney of Temple Hills, Lorretta Bush of Washington and Carol Currie of Cheverly; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
DORIS CATHERINE RESH
Doris Catherine Resh, 88, who worked for Woodward & Lothrop in the 1940s as a model in its fashion shows, catalogues and advertisements, died of a stroke Dec. 13 at Arlington Hospital.
Mrs. Resh, who lived in Arlington, was born in Michigan City, Ind. She moved to the Washington area in 1927.
She worked for Woodward & Lothrop from 1941 to 1949. From then until about 1960, she was a residential manager of apartment houses for Harry Lenkin Properties in Washington. From 1966 to 1982, she was a desk clerk at Wakefield Towers, where she lived in Arlington.
Mrs. Resh was a member of the Knittin' Kittens, a knitting club at Wakefield Towers.
Her first husband, Gloyd Wray, died in 1941. Her second husband, Frank S. Resh, died in 1970.
Survivors include a daughter by her first marriage, Jean Wray of Arlington; two sisters, Amber Lipkin of Arlington and Rena Hayden of Crawfordsville, Ind.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
KENNETH DAVID JONES
World Bank Official
Kenneth David Jones, 47, assistant to the World Bank vice president for sector policy and research, died of cancer Dec. 13 at his home in Arlington.
Mr. Jones was born in Kilmalcolm, Scotland. He moved to Canada as a child and lived in Brantford, Ontario. He later lived in Egypt and attended American University in Cairo.
He worked for the Canadian government in Ottawa and Montreal before moving to Washington and joining the staff of the World Bank in 1970.
He retired on disability in October.
For 14 years, Mr. Jones was president of the Northern Virginia Soccer League. He was a soccer referee and from 1988 to 1990 was team administrator for the Washington Stars soccer team.
His marriage to Rena Jones ended in divorce.
Survivors incude his wife, Pamela West of Arlington.
ORREL BELLE HOLCOMBE
Orrel Belle Holcombe, 81, a secretary at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for about 10 years until she retired in 1980, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Dec. 12 at her home at Leisure World in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Holcombe was born in Washington. She graduated from Central High School and American University. As a young woman, she worked briefly as a secretary at the National Training School for Boys.
At Leisure World she was a member of the Camera Club and attended the Inter-Faith Chapel.
Survivors include her husband, Bryce P. Holcombe, whom she married in 1934, of Leisure World.