Robert L. Von Schlegel, 57, technical director of NBC's "Today Show" television program in Washington, died early yesterday in a Washington traffic accident.
A D.C. police spokesman said Mr. Von Schlegel was driving into the District across Chain Bridge at a high rate of speed about 4:30 a.m. and went through an intersection. His car overturned after striking a wall. He was pronounced dead by the D.C. Medical Examiner's Office, the spokesman said.
Mr. Von Schlegel, who lived in Washington, came here in 1965 when he joined WRC-TV and NBC News. He worked there until 1974, as a cameraman and video and technical director. From 1974 to 1979, he worked for the Public Broadcasting Service, where he was associate director of technical operations.
He returned to NBC in 1980, and had been the "Today Show" technical director since the early 1980s. He also had worked on NBC news programs and special events, including presidential inaugurations, presidential news conferences and coverage of the space shuttle Challenger disaster.
Mr. Von Schlegel, who was a native of Pennsylvania, attended Pennsylvania State University. He served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956. From 1958 to 1965, he worked for television stations in Youngstown, Ohio, and Rochester, N.Y., and for Ampex Corp. in California.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie F., of Washington; his mother, Helene E. Schlegel of Montrose, Pa.; and a sister, Mary Lathrope of Springdale, Pa.
JAMES J. WINN
James J. Winn, 83, a retired Army colonel who was an artillery officer in Europe in World War II and the Korean war, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 30 at the Veterans Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Col. Winn, a resident of Leesburg, was born in Clayton, Ala. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1929, and was commissioned in the field artillery. His assignments in the 1930s included duty in this country and the Panama Canal Zone.
During World War II, he commanded a field artillery battalion in Europe from the Normandy campaign through the Battle of the Bulge to Czechoslovakia. After the war, he served in India and in this country.
During the Korean conflict, Col. Winn was an artillery adviser attached to the Republic of Korea army. He also served in Japan. His last assignment was as commanding officer of Fort Ritchie, Md., where he retired in 1959.
His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the French Croix de Guerre.
A resident of the Washington area since 1955, Col. Winn worked for an investment bank in Washington from 1960 to 1962. He also had a cattle farm and timber interests in Alabama.
Survivors include his wife, Molly Pender Brown Winn of Leesburg; three children, James J. Winn Jr. of Baltimore, Katherine Winn Winston of Los Angeles and Ellene Winn Mobbs of Washington; two sisters, Mary Winn Bruton of Columbia, S.C., and Louise Winn Faulk of Corpus Christi, Tex.; and seven grandchildren.
ETTORE 'ED' GINNETTI
Lawyer and Builder
Ettore A. "Ed" Ginnetti, 84, a retired area lawyer and builder who lived in Bethesda, died of a kidney ailment Dec. 31 at Loudoun Hospital Center in Leesburg.
He entered the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., in July 1990, then transferred to Heritage Hall nursing home in Leesburg, where he remained until shortly before his death.
Mr. Ginnetti was a native of Italy. He came to this country about 1910 and lived in Philadelphia until coming to the Washington area as a teenager. He was a graduate of George Washington University law school and served with the Army in Brazil during World War II.
He engaged in the private practice of law here from the late 1920s until becoming a builder in the late 1940s. He owned and operated Ginnetti Construction, in Chevy Chase and Bethesda, until retiring in 1975. Over the years, he built single-family houses and apartment buildings.
Mr. Ginnetti was a member of Saint Jane de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda and belonged to the American Legion and Congressional Country Club.
His first marriage, to Lucile Ginnetti, ended in divorce. His second wife, Joan Ginnetti, died in 1976.
Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Esther, of Bethesda; a daughter by his first marriage, Marie Embrey of Manassas; and seven stepchildren, the Rev. Charles Kiefer of Phoenix, Teresa Waters of Rockville, Mary Decker of Roswell, Ga., Robert Hawkins of Arlington, Thomas Hawkins of Smyrna, Ga., and Stephen and Mark Hawkins, both of Florida; and two grandchildren.
Garden Club President
Ernestine Galvin, 73, a past president of two area garden clubs and a former government employee, died at Suburban Hospital Dec. 29 as a result of injuries she received earlier that day in a traffic accident. She lived in Springfield.
A spokesman for the Montgomery County police said Mrs. Galvin was driving on Route 27, south of Route 80, in Damascus when she crossed the center line in heavy fog and struck three vehicles, including one head-on. Five other people were injured, police said.
Mrs. Galvin, who came here about 1950, was born in Newport, Wash. She was a graduate of the Eastern Washington College of Education and received a master's degree in geography at the University of Washington. She worked for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, and in the late 1940s she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. From 1965 to 1975, she was a substitute teacher in various Northern Virginia schools.
She was past president of both the Ayr Hill Garden Club of Vienna and the King's Park Four Seasons Garden Club in Springfield. She had been chairman of the landscape design critics council of the National Capital Area Federation of Garden Clubs and had done landscape design work for King's Park Elementary School.
Her husband, John, died in November 1990. Survivors include two sons, Matthew Paul and Fredrick John Galvin, both of Springfield; a daughter, Madeline Constantine of Marshalls Creek, Pa.; and a sister, Doris Mikota of Burlington, Wash.
GERALDINE F. LATIMER
Geraldine F. Latimer, 68, a licensed trainer of thoroughbred horses in West Virginia, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Dec. 30 at Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria.
Mrs. Latimer, who lived in Bluemont, Va., was born near Rochelle, Ill. In 1945, she married Raymond L. Latimer, an Army officer who retired as a colonel. She accompanied him to various military bases in this country, West Germany and Spain.
They settled in the Washington area about 1964, and lived in Springfield, Vienna and Falls Church before moving to Bluemont. In 1971, they lived in Charles Town, W.Va., when Mrs. Latimer was training race horses. From 1980 to 1984, they lived in Carmel, Calif. They then returned to their farm in Bluemont.
In the mid-1970s, Mrs. Latimer operated a gift shop in Sterling.
She was a member of the Loudoun County Historical Society, Cousteau Society and Smithsonian Associates.
Her husband died in 1989.
Survivors include four children, Nancy R. Hawes of McLean, Michael F. Latimer of Copenhagen, Edward J. Latimer of Bluemont and James D. Latimer of Manassas; a brother, Robert Edge of Chicago; four sisters, Annette Clayton of Montgomery, Ill., Irene Nehring of Hinckley, Ill., Virginia Lundine of Sycamore, Ill., and Shirley Huebner of Carmel Valley, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Secretary and Volunteer
Carolyn Sanders, 63, a retired secretary who had been a volunteer with the Girl Scouts and the Little League and a member of the athletic boosters clubs of Annandale and Thomas Jefferson high schools, died of cancer Dec. 31 at her home in Springfield.
Mrs. Sanders was born in Hollis, N.H., and she attended Keene (N.H.) State Teachers College. She moved to the Washington area in 1957.
From 1966 to 1968, she was a secretary for the Atlantic Research Corp., and from 1972 until she retired in 1989 she was a secretary with Print Service in Annandale.
Survivors include her husband, George Sanders of Springfield; three children, Joanne Stever and William Allen Sanders, both of Falls Church, and David Aaron Sanders of Ashburn, Va.; a brother, Carroll Spaulding of Hollis; and a grandchild.
Law Firm Employee
Reginald Johnson, 31, the assistant supervisor of office services for the Washington law firm of Ross Dixon & Masback, died Dec. 30 at George Washington University Hospital. He had AIDS.
Mr. Johnson, a resident of Washington since 1980, was born in Philadelphia. He was a graduate of Howard University. He had worked for Ross Dixon & Masback since 1985.
Active in theater, Mr. Johnson appeared in the 1990 Washington Hexagon Show, an amateur theatrical production that raises money for charities, and he had been part of the New Freedom Theater in Philadelphia.
Survivors include his mother, Emma Johnson of Palmyra, N.J.; his father, Raymond Johnson of Philadelphia; and a sister, Beverly Johnson, and brother, Raymond Johnson, both of New Jersey.
BRIAN E. MORAN
Brian Edouard Moran, 36, general manager of the Roof Terrace restaurant at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from 1986 to November 1989, died Dec. 24 at his parents' home in Orinda, Calif. He had AIDS.
Before joining the Kennedy Center restaurant, he had worked at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel here.
Mr. Moran, who lived in Washington from August 1985 to November 1989, was a native of California. He was a graduate of Florida International University, where he also received a master's degree in hotel and food services management. He also graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, N.Y. He worked in New York before coming here.
He had done volunteer work with the Whitman-Walker Clinic's home companion program.
Survivors include his parents, Marshall F. and Jackie Moran; four sisters; and two brothers.