Elizabeth T. Swift, 74, owner of The Greystone, a country inn in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., died of cancer Jan. 15 at Suburban Hospital.
Mrs. Swift was a native Washingtonian and attended Holton-Arms School. She was a granddaughter of Theodore W. Noyes, editor of the old Evening Star newspaper until his death in 1946.
As a young woman, Mrs. Swift worked as secretary to the Star's drama critic, then during the 1940s worked in the advertising department for Charm magazine, and later started a small recording company, By Request Records.
She was a picture researcher at the State Department in 1950, then in 1951 became a communications and records supervisor with the Mutual Security Agency in The Hague, where she had moved with her husband, Garfield Swift, a singer. They lived in the Netherlands from 1951 to 1953 and again from 1958 to 1961 while he performed with European orchestras and opera companies.
In 1961, they returned to Washington where Mrs. Swift worked in college placement and founded a company, EduData, which used a computer database to match prospective college students and schools.
In the 1970s they acquired several properties in Highfield, Md., and Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., where they renovated the Civil War-era Greystone, which they opened as a country inn in 1977. Mr. Swift died there in 1982.
In 1988 Mrs. Swift moved to North Port, Fla., where she lived until late last year, when she moved to Rockville to live with a sister.
Survivors include four sons, Theodore N. Swift of Gaithersburg, Justin R. Swift of Alexandria, William B. Swift of Richmond and the Rev. Garfield C. Swift Jr. of the Netherlands; a brother, John W. Thompson of Bethesda; a sister, Mary Dora English of Rockville; a half-brother, U.S. Ambassador Smith Hempstone of Nairobi; a half-sister, Eleanor Bowman of Bethesda; and six grandchildren.
SAMUEL F. SYRACUSE
Silver Spring Pharmacist
Samuel F. Syracuse, 86, a pharmacist in Silver Spring from 1935 to 1985, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 13 at his home in Silver Spring.
Dr. Syracuse was a native of Buffalo and a graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy. He moved to Baltimore to open a pharmacy in 1933 and came to Silver Spring two years later to open another store.
He joined People's Drug Stores in 1938, and worked until his retirement in 1969 at stores on Flower Avenue and Bonifant Street in Silver Spring. From 1969 until 1985, he continued as a part-time People's pharmacist at the Blair Park Shopping Center in Silver Spring.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Syracuse of Silver Spring; two daughters, Frances S. Murphy of Silver Spring and Isabella S. Yanick of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
WILLIAM V. GALLAGHER
William V. Gallagher, 94, a retired traffic manager here for the Navy Department's Bureau of Yards and Docks and later at the Washington Navy Yard, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 13 at Leland Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Gallagher, who lived in West Hyattsville, was born in New York. He served in the Navy during World War I, then sold insurance in New York during the 1920s and 1930s.
He was working in Bermuda as a supply officer for a construction firm building U.S. naval facilities in Hamilton, then in 1941 came to the Washington area and worked for the Department of the Navy until retiring in 1970.
His wife, Mary Elizabeth Gallagher, died in 1977. Survivors include two children, William Joseph Gallagher of Crisfield, Md., and Mary Jane Gore of Virginia Beach; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
PHYLLIS D. ATKINSON
Nurse, Real Estate Agent
Phyllis D. Atkinson, 69, a former nurse who was an agent with Mount Vernon Realty in Annandale, died of a heart attack Jan. 13 at her home in Annandale.
Mrs. Atkinson had worked for Mount Vernon for a year, and for eight years before that was an agent with the Shannon & Luchs realty company. She worked as a nurse at Fairfax Hospital and at local doctors' offices from 1970 until 1982.
Mrs. Atkinson was a native of Boston and a graduate of the Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing. She had lived in Northern Virginia since 1948.
Mrs. Atkinson was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale, where she served on the Diocesan Pastoral Council and helped start evening religious education programs for children.
She was also a volunteer and teacher of volunteers for the Northern Virginia Literacy Council.
Her marriages to Dr. James H. Masterson and Peter William Atkinson ended in divorce.
Survivors include six children from her first marriage, James Masterson of Oakton, Joseph Masterson and Stephen Masterson of Centreville, Nola Elizabeth Jenett of Redwood City, Calif., Lynn Masterson of Boone, N.C., and Teresa Masterson of Denver; three brothers, Joseph Dillman of Westlake, Calif., Robert Dillman of Paxton, Mass., and Donald Dillman of Southborough, Mass.; a sister, state Rep. Mary Jane McKenna of Holden, Mass.; and six grandchildren.
CARLYLE 'PAT' PATTERSON
Carlyle "Pat" Patterson, 73, a retired plant engineer for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died of cancer Jan. 14 at Point Pleasant Hospital in Point Pleasant, N.J.
Mr. Patterson was born in Bellaire, Ohio, and attended the University of Miami-Ohio. He moved to the Washington area about 1940 and worked 32 years for C&P before retiring in 1972.
He was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America.
A former resident of Kensington, he moved to Brick, N.J., about five years ago.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Marie Bohrer Patterson of Brick; three children, Michael W. Patterson of Dunkirk, Md., Charles Patterson of Rockville and M. Christine Ekarius of Brick; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
THOMAS S. MARTIN JR.
Air Force Lieutenant Colonel
Thomas Sutton Martin Jr., 70, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who later became special assistant to the director of financial management at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, died of cancer Jan. 14 at Fairfax Hospital.
Col. Martin, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Arlington, Ga. He attended Louisiana State University, then in 1940 joined the Army Air Forces. He served in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Later duty included service in South Korea and Vietnam during the conflicts there.
He was a finance officer and comptroller, and while serving in the Air Force graduated from the University of the Philippines while stationed at Clark Air Base. He received a master's degree in business administration from the Air Force Institute in Ohio. He retired from the Air Force in 1967.
After retiring, Col. Martin joined the staff at NASA. He retired from there last Friday. In 1981 he received NASA's Exceptional Performace Award.
He had been a permanent resident of the Washington area since 1966. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Archer Baily Lodge in Alexandria, Kena Temple of the Shrine and the Scottish Rite.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Sarah Bottorff Martin of Alexandria; three sons, T. Michael Martin of Alexandria, Thomas S. Martin III of Endicott, N.Y., and Timothy R. Martin of New York City; and six grandchildren.
JOHN HUGH SMITH
Computer Leasing Executive
John Hugh Smith, 71, former president and chief executive officer of Alexandria-based Computer Leasing Co., died of cancer Jan. 11 at Mount Vernon Hospital.
Mr. Smith, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Loup City, Neb., and moved to the Washington area 49 years ago. He worked for Capital Airlines, then served during World War II as an Army Air Forces bomber pilot in Europe. He was awarded a Silver Star. He retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1960 as a captain.
In Washington after the war, Mr. Smith graduated from Benjamin Franklin University, then returned to Capital Airlines, where he became executive director of economic controls.
From 1960 to 1967, he worked for C.E.I.R. Inc. economic and computer consultants as controller, vice president of finance and treasurer. He was president and chief executive officer of Computer Leasing Co. from 1968 to 1975, then worked as a computer and financial consultant until his death.
Mr. Smith had served on the regional board of First American Bank of Virginia, the advisory board of Clarendon Bank and Trust and on the executive committee of the Computer Lessors Association.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Betty Mullins Smith of Alexandria; two sisters, Dorothy M. Quail of Omaha and Marjorie R. Wagner of Columbia, S.C.; and a brother, Edward F. Smith of Topanga, Calif.
WILLIAM J. LOCHRIDGE
Defense Contracts Specialist
William J. Lochridge, a retired industrial specialist in contracts procurement for the Department of Defense, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 14 at a hospital in New Port Richey, Fla. A longtime Arlington resident, he had lived in Bayonet Point, Fla., since his retirement 17 years ago.
Mr. Lochridge was born in Washington and attended Eastern High School. He lived with his family in Nevada and California as a child, returning to Washington in 1928. He moved to Arlington in 1940.
Mr. Lochridge was an airplane mechanic before World War II. After the United States entered the war and until 1957, he was employed as a civilian chief of aircraft inspection at Bolling Air Force Base.
He worked as a procurement specialist for the Air Force and the Defense Department from 1957 until he retired.
He was a past commander of the Hudson, Fla., Coast Guard auxiliary flotilla, and was a Mason and Scottish Rite member.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Lochridge of Bayonet Point; two sons, William O. Lochridge of Annandale and Edward Lochridge of Reston; a sister, Lenora DeRossi of Alexandria; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
JAMES W. FORISTEL
James W. Foristel, 78, a lobbyist for the American Medical Association in Washington from 1951 to 1954, and again from 1956 until retiring in 1976, died Jan. 14 at a hospital in Bradenton, Fla., after a stroke.
Mr. Foristel, a former Alexandria resident, came to the Washington area in 1948 as a legislative aide to Rep. Walter C. Ploeser (R-Mo.). Mr. Foristel had been an associate general counsel for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare from about 1954 to 1956. After retiring from the AMA, he worked as a part-time legislative representative with the American Association of Ophthalmology until retiring in 1980. He moved to Florida the following year.
He was a native of St. Louis and a graduate of St. Louis University's law school. During World War II, he served with the Navy in the Pacific and was awarded the Silver Star.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria and the Belle Haven Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Willie Foristel, and a daughter, Ann Silver, both of Bradenton; a brother and two sisters, all of St. Louis; and a grandson.