Z. Steve Giannakis, 72, retired president of Potomac Automotive Warehouse in Herndon, died of complications from kidney disease Feb. 12 at Leland Memorial Hospital. He lived in College Park.

Mr. Giannakis headed the company from the early 1970s until he retired in 1987. A resident of this area since 1945, he previously had worked as a bookkeeper at District Automotive Inc. in Washington and as a cab driver.

Mr. Giannakis was a native of Petersburg, Va. During World War II he served in Alaska with the Army Air Corps as an air controller.

He was a member of the Edmonston Town Council in the 1960s. As financial officer for that northern Prince George's County town, he began its first program of financial investments.

Mr. Giannakis was also an amateur radio operator who was affiliated with the Military Amateur Radio Society. He was secretary-treasurer of the Green Mountain Repeater Association and a member of the Prince George's Wireless Association.

Survivors include his wife, Mary J. Giannakis of College Park; a daughter, Edmonston Mayor Paulette Horan; two sons, Steve Giannakis Jr. of Mitchellville and James D. Giannakis of Seabrook; a brother, John Giannakis of St. Louis; seven grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.


Developer and Mortgage Banker

Robert Joseph Gastman, 45, vice president of Patrician Mortgage Co., died of emphysema Feb. 13 at his home in Bethesda. He had lived in this area for five years.

Mr. Gastman was a native of Canton, Ohio, and lived there much of his life, working as a developer. He was a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

He was a director of the Canton Preservation Society, the Stark County Humane Society, Downtown Canton Association and the Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Heller Gastman, and a son, Roger Gastman, both of Bethesda, and two sisters, Linda Orr of Chicago and Barbara Mogul of Canton.


GAO Employee

Elizabeth Fly Rowland, 92, a retired General Accounting Office clerk, died of a heart attack Feb. 8 at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda, where she had been a patient since 1989. She lived in Washington for 71 years.

A native of Mount Vernon, Ill., Mrs. Rowland moved here in 1918. She worked until 1940 at Brentano's and Ballentine's bookstores and then began a 22-year career at GAO, where she was employed in a division that examined freight rates.

Mrs. Rowland belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution and St. Alban's Episcopal Church.

Her husband, Samuel Jefferson Rowland, died in 1985. There are no immediate survivors.