Irvin Stewart, 91, a former president of West Virginia University and member of the Federal Communications Commission who during World War II served as executive secretary of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, the agency that guided development of the first atomic bomb, died Dec. 24 at his home in Washington. He had suffered several strokes.
Dr. Stewart was president of West Virginia University from 1946 to 1958, then served on its faculty as a professor of constitutional law until retiring in 1967. He also served during the 1960s as director of telecommunications management in the Office of Emergency Planning.
A specialist in communications law, he helped draft the Communications Act of 1934 while on loan from the State Department to the staff of Rep. Sam Rayburn (D-Tex.), and from 1934 to 1937 he served on the first Federal Communications Commission as chairman of its telegraph division.
In 1950 and 1951, Dr. Stewart was head of the President's Communications Policy Board, and in 1958 he served on the Special Advisory Committee on Telecommunications, which reviewed telecommunications management in the United States.
He was born in Fort Worth, and graduated from the University of Texas, where he also received a master's degree in government and public administration and a law degree. He received a doctorate in constitutional law from Columbia University.
He came to Washington in 1926 as an assistant solicitor in the State Department, then taught at the University of Texas in 1928 and 1929.
He returned to Washington in 1929 and served a year as head of the government department at the American University graduate school.
In 1930 Dr. Stewart returned to the State Department and served until 1934 as head of electric communications in the department's treaty division. In that capacity, he participated in international conferences on the sharing of radio frequencies in Washington, Madrid, Copenhagen and Mexico City.
After his service on the FCC, he became executive director of the committee on scientific aids to learning of the National Research Council, and in 1940 he became executive secretary of the National Defense Research Committee, which later became the Office of Scientific Research and Development, the agency that directed and coordinated war-related scientific research.
He returned to Washington on retiring from West Virginia University, and had worked since then as a consultant to the National Academy of Public Administration.
Dr. Stewart was author of a 1926 book, "Consular Privileges and Immunities," and editor of a volume on radio published by the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
He was a member of the Cosmos Club.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Florence D. Stewart of Washington, and a son, Richard Stewart of Chapel Hill, N.C.
HARRY M. SARAGOVITZ
Army Patent Attorney
Harry M. Saragovitz, 79, a retired assistant general counsel for patents at the Army Materiel Command, died of cancer Dec. 26 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Saragovitz worked for the Army for more than 30 years. He began as a lawyer in the War Department in 1941. In 1943, he became the patent adviser in the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the Army.
From that time until 1963, he held various positions in the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, rising to the position of assistant chief of its legal division. In 1963, he joined the Army Materiel Command as assistant general counsel for patents, and he retired in 1973.
Mr. Saragovitz then was named assistant director and chairman of the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Technology of the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H. In 1978, he became counsel at the law firm Hall, Myers & Rose. From 1982 until his death, he worked for the Office of Public Service Activities of the D.C. Bar.
Mr. Saragovitz was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from what is now Drexel University and received a law degree from American University. He moved to the Washington area in 1936 and worked for the U.S. Patent Office until joining the War Department.
Mr. Saragovitz was a member of the American Bar Association, the D.C. Bar, the Federal Bar and the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Sylvia G. Saragovitz of Washington; three children, Susan Barkan of Gaithersburg and Martha Saragovitz Shew and Barbara Saragaovitz Gannon, both of Silver Spring; and three grandchildren.
Daniel Stone, 62, pastor for the last nine years of Ashton United Methodist Church in Ashton, died of cancer Dec. 18 at a hospital in Virginia Beach. He lived in Ashton and was on vacation at the time of his death.
Dr. Stone was born in Fairburn, Ga., and he graduated from Emory University. He received a master's degree in divinity from Emory's Chandler School of Theology.
He served in the Navy as a chaplain from 1953 to 1957 and remained in the Naval Reserve until retiring as a captain in 1988.
Dr. Stone settled in the Washington area in 1957 and served in clerical assignments at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Washington, Mill Creek Parish United Methodist Church in Derwood, Lexington Park United Methodist Church in Lexington Park, Md., and First Friendship United Methodist Church in Ridge, Md., before he was assigned in Ashton. He also served at two United Methodist churches in the Baltimore area.
He received a doctoral degree in ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.
He was a member of the Sandy Spring Lions Club, the Masons and the Scottish rite.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Joyce Hamman Stone of Ashton; three children, Neal Hamman Stone of Virginia Beach, Brent Creedon Stone of Ashton and Susan Wyatt Stone of San Diego; his mother, Ida Stone of Fairburn; two sisters, Peggy Thompson of Fairburn and Patricia Huckaby of Atlanta; and a grandson.
SARA LOUISE NELSON SWANN
Sara Louise Nelson Swann, 60, a supervisory dental technician with the Suburban Dental Laboratory in Rockville until she retired in 1989 with 30 years of service, died of cancer Dec. 24 at the home of her daughter in Lanham.
A native of Washington, Mrs. Swann lived in the city all of her life. Her family also had a summer residence in Highland Beach, Md.
Mrs. Swann graduated from Dunbar High School and West Virginia State College, and she received an associate degree in dental technology from the Kerpel School of Dental Technology in Washington.
Her husband, John M. Swann, died in 1977.
Survivors include a daughter, Arleathia S. West of Lanham; three brothers, Daniel R., Theodore P. and Jack E. Nelson, all of Washington; and two grandchildren.
ROBERT EDWARD MONTGOMERY
Robert Edward Montgomery, 65, a retired Central Intelligence Agency official who specialized in European affairs and operations, died of a heart attack Dec. 21 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.
Mr. Montgomery, who was stricken at his home in Potomac, was born in Washington. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and the University of Maryland. He served in the Army in Italy during World War II.
He began his career with the CIA shortly after it was organized in 1947. In addition to his work in Washington, he served in London in 1955 and 1956 and West Germany in the 1960s. He retired in 1977. Mr. Montgomery was a recipient of the Career Intelligence Medal.
In retirement, he pursued an interest in the history of World War II and the Civil War.
Survivors include his wife, Anna G. Montgomery of Potomac; two children, Clare Blau and Dean Montgomery, both of Annapolis; and a sister, Jean Marsteller of Potomac.
HELEN B. TAYLOR
Helen B. Taylor, 82, a retired secretary with the U.S. Supreme Court who was active in senior citizens groups, died of a heart attack Dec. 21 at Fairfax Hospital.
Mrs. Taylor, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Quincy, Ill. She attended the University of Illinois.
She moved to the Washington area in 1930 and went to work for the Treasury Department. She later transferred to the Justice Department, where she worked in the claims division and the Office of the Solicitor General. She was a secretary in the office of the clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court when she retired in 1977.
Mrs. Taylor was active at the Lee Senior Citizens Center in Arlington and the Falls Church Community Center, and she took part in aerobics, dancing and bridge. She also traveled.
Her husband, Roy Taylor, died in 1963.
Survivors include a son, Richard P. Taylor of Annandale; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Edward Skolnik, 73, a mecanical engineer who taught at Montgomery College and worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, died of cancer Dec. 24 at the Washington Hospice.
Mr. Skolnik, who lived in Wheaton, was born in New York City and graduated from Pratt Institute. He moved to the Washington area in 1941 and worked initially for the Public Buildings Administration. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
From 1948 to 1955, he operated a chicken farm in New Jersey. He then returned to the Washington area and worked for Colorfax until the 1970s, when he began working for NASA. He retired from NASA after about 10 years and since then had worked for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and taught vocational education at Montgomery College.
Survivors include his wife, Anita Skolnik of Wheaton; four children, Jeffrey and Gregory Skolnik, both of Silver Spring, Steven Skolnik of Greenbelt and Amy deBoinville of Frederick, Md.; and six grandchildren.
HAZEL PERRY HINEBAUGH
Hazel Perry Hinebaugh, 69, retired meetings coordinator for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, died of cancer Dec. 23 at a hospital in Mount Dora, Fla.
Mrs. Hinebaugh, a former Bethesda resident, lived in the Washington area from 1948 to 1982, when she moved to Florida. She worked for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Washington for 33 years before retiring in 1981. She began her career there as associate editor of Rural Electrification magazine and as an assistant at regional meetings. She later became coordinator of all meetings for the organization.
She was born in Australia and graduated from the University of Brisbane. She worked for the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, and during World War II was secretary to the chief nurse of the U.S. Army in Australia. While serving in that capacity she met Edward Bartlett Hinebaugh, an American serviceman stationed in Australia. In 1946 she immigrated to the United States to marry him.
They lived in Garrett County, Md., and in Florida before moving to the Washington area in 1948.
In addition to her husband, of Mount Dora, survivors include a son, Ronald Hinebaugh of Columbia; a brother, Neill Perry of Australia; and two grandchildren.