The Rev. J. Winfree Smith, 76, a member of the faculty of St. John's College for nearly half a century, died of a heart attack Jan. 14 at his home in Annapolis. He also had served as a clergyman at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis.
Mr. Smith was the last of an early group of teachers, called tutors, who joined the small liberal arts college soon after it adopted a curriculum based on the great written works of western civilization. He came to the school in 1941 at the urging of the college's president, Stringfellow Barr, and dean, Scott Buchanan, architects of the "great works" program who had been his teachers at the University of Virginia.
Regarded as one of the most versatile of the staff, Mr. Smith taught Greek, French, English literature, mathematics and scientific survey courses. He later chronicled the evolution of the school's nonelective curriculum in a book, "A Search for the Liberal College," published by St. John's College Press in 1984, the 200th anniversary of the school's charter.
A member of an inner circle at St. John's who continued to shape the curriculum, Mr. Smith also was a perennial favorite of St. John's students. He was asked by graduating seniors on several occasions to deliver commencement addresses.
Mr. Smith was a native of Ashland, Va. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in history and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in divinity from the Episcopal Seminary in Alexandria.
He served for several years as rector of a small parish in Ivy, Va. When he moved to Annapolis, he joined the staff of St. Anne's as a part-time cleric.
He retired from St. John's in 1984 and taught for two years on the visiting faculty at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif. He then returned to Annapolis to resume teaching at St. John's on a part-time basis.
Mr. Smith's marriage to Abby L. Perelman, daughter of the late humorist S.J. Perelman, ended in divorce.
He is survived by a brother, Archie Lee Smith, of Denver.
Anna Heiss, 94, an Army officer's wife who had accompanied her husband to military posts in the United States and Japan, died of cancer Jan. 19 at the Knollwood Army Retirement Residence in Washington.
Mrs. Heiss was the widow of Brig. Gen. Gerson Heiss, who died in 1971.
She was born in Bethlehem, Pa., and graduated from the New Haven Normal School of Gymnastics.
She lived in Washington from 1937 to 1950 and played golf at the Army Navy Country Club.
Mrs. Heiss had lived in Clearwater, Fla., until moving to Knollwood about five years ago.
Survivors include two children, Elizabeth Garey of Grosse Pointe, Mich., and retired Army Lt. Col. Gerson Heiss Jr. of Rochester, Mich.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
ESTHER "JONNEY" LAWRENCE
Esther D. "Jonney" Lawrence, 66, a retired manager of the Rockville offices of the League of Women Voters, died of cancer Jan. 20 at her home in Chevy Chase.
She worked for the league for 25 years before retiring in November. She also had been a delegate to league state and national conventions over the years.
Mrs. Lawrence, who came here in 1961, was a native of New York City. She was a graduate of Hunter College.
Survivors include her husband, Frederick, of Chevy Chase; a son, Andrew, of Bethesda; a daughter, Donna Lawrence of Palo Alto, Calif.; and a grandson.
KARL F. KELLERMAN JR.
Karl F. Kellerman Jr., 85, a retired missile specialist and scientific adviser to the Air Force Systems Command, died of Alzheimer's disease Jan. 20 at Seabrook retirement community in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Mr. Kellerman was born in Washington. He graduated from Western High School and Cornell University. During World War II, he served in the Navy. After the war he worked as a civilian for the Department of Defense until retiring in 1973.
Mr. Kellerman was an enthusiastic golfer and a former president of the D.C. Golf Association and the Middle Atlantic Golf Association.
He moved from Washington to Hilton Head Island in 1973.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Phillips Kellerman of Hilton Head Island; a son, Karl F. Kellerman III of Los Alamitos, Calif.; and five grandchildren.