Elizabeth Peelle Boothe, 79, the widow of former Virginia state legislator Armistead L. Boothe, died Jan. 12 at Goodwin House West in Falls Church. She had Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
She was married to Boothe, who died in February 1990, for 55 years. He served in the House of Delegates from 1948 to 1954, and then in the state Senate until 1962. The Boothes had lived in Alexandria for many years. She had been active in all her husband's campaigns.
Mrs. Boothe was a native of Washington and graduate of Holton Arms School. She had served on the board of what was then the St. Agnes Episcopal School for Girls in Alexandria and the Diocese of Virginia Church Schools. She also had been a member of the board of regents of Gunston Hall and was a past secretary of the Alexandria Garden Club. She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames.
At the time of her death, she was a member of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Alexandria. Before that, she had been a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Alexandria for 30 years and had served on its vestry.
Survivors include three daughters, Julie Perry of Alexandria, Eleanor Smith of Leesburg and Elizabeth Moreau of Richmond; a brother, William Peelle of West Hartford, Conn.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
PERCY L. GREGORY
UDC Music Professor
Percy Lloyd Gregory, 56, an associate professor of music at the University of the District of Columbia, where he had taught since 1970, died of cancer Jan. 10 at Holy Cross Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.
Mr. Gregory was a native of Washington and graduate of Dunbar High School. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Howard University and was working toward a doctorate in musical art at the University of Maryland at the time of his death.
He taught in the D.C. Public Schools from 1956 to 1967. He taught at several schools, including Francis Junior High. From 1967 to 1970, he worked with the D.C. Youth Chorale, where he was an accompanist and assistant director.
A classical pianist, he also had been an accompanist with the UDC choir, for several local artists and at several local churches. He was a member of Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Washington.
His marriage to Florence Gregory ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Dr. Barbara Gregory of Silver Spring; a daughter from his first marriage, Arianne B. Gregory of Washington; two stepchildren, Jocelyn Pearman of Silver Spring and Reginald Pearman of Fairfield, Conn.; his mother, Evelyn Gregory of Washington; a brother, Warren, of Oxon Hill; and a sister, Jean Robinson of Germany.
Wilson Hall, 68, who covered Congress for NBC here from 1973 to 1978, died of renal failure Jan. 10 at a hospital in Jackson, Tenn.
He had taught journalism since 1978 at the University of Tennessee in Martin, Tenn., where he lived.
Mr. Hall worked for NBC for 27 years, in the Middle East, London, Latin America and Korea. He was a native of Catlin, Ill., and a graduate of the University of Illinois. He had a master's degree in journalism from Yale University.
Mr. Hall's marriages to Lee Sveck, Marta Gomez and Laurier Hall ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children from his third marriage, Kevan Hall and Kimberly Hall, both of Silver Spring.
CLYDE H. REID
Public Health Analyst
Clyde H. Reid, 63, a retired public health analyst and former New York journalist, died of a stroke Dec. 29 at George Washington University Hospital. He had lived in Washington since the late 1960s.
Mr. Reid was with the division of primary care of the U.S. Public Health Service from 1971 until his retirement in 1987. He came here from New York to be public relations director of the D.C. Welfare Department and later worked for its office of review.
Mr. Reid was a native of Hampton, Va. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He was an Armed Forces Radio broadcaster with the Army in Europe from 1946 to 1948.
From 1952 to 1958, he was executive editor and publisher of Current and Grapevine magazines in New York and a reporter, columnist and an editor of the Amsterdam News.
He was then an editor at the New York Age newspaper and director of public relations for the Brooklyn Tuberculosis and Health Association. In 1963 he became an editorial writer for WINS radio in New York.
Since his retirement he had worked as a freelance writer and consultant in print and electronic media.
Mr. Reid was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and Christ United Methodist Church in Washington.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Boyd Reid of Washington; a sister, June Reid Wyche of Deer Park, N.Y.; and five brothers, Conrad Victor Reid of Albany, N.Y., and Harry W. Reid, Carl Benton Reid, McKinley Reid and Joseph A. Reid, all of New York City.
MABEL S. McMULLEN
County Administrative Aide
Mabel S. McMullen, 73, a retired administrative aide to the Montgomery County recreation director, died of cancer Jan. 9 at her home in Leisure World in Silver Spring.
Mrs. McMullen retired in 1977. She was born in Arlington and raised in Washington, where she attended Roosevelt High School.
She began working as a stenographer in 1939 for the Farm Credit Administration and then transferred to the Treasury Department. She began work with Montgomery County in 1953 as a stenographer with the juvenile court. She later worked for the directors of recreation and finance as a secretary until 1959.
From 1959 to 1967, she worked for Rockville lawyer John Oxley, then she returned to employment with the juvenile court and then the recreation director.
Mrs. McMullen belonged to Phi Beta Lambda, Rockville Methodist Church, the Leisure World Interfaith Chapel and the Women's Club of Leisure World.
She is survived by her husband, Allan Murphy McMullen of Silver Spring; a daughter, Jean McMullen McCormac of Olney; a son, John Neal McMullen of Olathe, Kan.; and seven grandchildren.
Jane Stafford, 91, a science writer and retired assistant director of information at the National Institutes of Health, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 11 at Menno-Haven nursing home in Chambersburg, Pa.
Miss Stafford was born in Chicago and graduated from Smith College. As a young woman she was a laboratory assistant at a hospital in Evanston, Ill., and later associate editor of Hygaeia, a publication of the American Medical Association.
She came to Washington in 1928 as a medical writer for Science Service, and she remained there until 1956, when she joined the staff at NIH. She retired in 1971.
Miss Stafford was a charter member and former president of the National Association of Science Writers and a president of the Women's National Press Club.
A former resident of Rockville, she moved to Chambersburg on her retirement.
Survivors include a brother, Edward S. Stafford of Chambersburg.
WILLIAM N. HOBBS
D.C. Housing Official
William Nielson Hobbs, 48, an official of the D.C. Department of Housing, died of a heart attack Jan. 10 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Hobbs was acting deputy director for research and information and a program planning and analysis officer for the Housing Department, where he had worked 18 years. He worked on housing issues for several local social action organizations before joining the city government.
Mr. Hobbs was born in Quito, Ecuador, where his father was economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy. He was raised in Washington, and attended St. Albans School for Boys, the University of North Carolina and George Washington University, where he received a bachelor's degree.
He worked for several years an editor for the Globe Newspapers in Northern Virginia and for the United Planning Organization here as a program planner. He was president of the St. Albans Fathers Club.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Rose Hobbs, a son, Matthew, a daughter, Karin Hobbs, his parents, Claude and Alice Hobbs, and a sister, Anne Hobbs, all of Washington.
THELMA K. HANSON
Fairfax City Teacher
Thelma K. Hanson, 72, a retired Fairfax City elementary school teacher, died of a heart attack Jan. 10 at Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Fairfax City.
Mrs. Hanson was a native of Lyons, Neb., and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She moved to this area in 1951 and taught in the District schools until 1954. She taught at Layton Hall Elementary School in Fairfax City from 1957 until her retirement in 1980.
Mrs. Hanson belonged to Alpha Delta Kappa and Christ Lutheran Church in Fairfax.
Survivors include her husband, Howard R. Hanson of Fairfax City; a daughter, Linda Hanson Ridenhour of Chantilly; three brothers, Jay Knudson of San Diego, Wendell Knudson of Cottonwood, Minn., and Marvin Knudson of Sun City, Ariz., and two grandchildren.