Hannah Elizabeth Bonell, 97, a junior high school music teacher in Washington's public schools for more than 40 years, died of pneumonia Nov. 30 at the home of a friend in Hayward, Calif.
Miss Bonell retired in 1966 from the staff of Kramer Junior High School, where she had taught since 1957. She joined the city school system in 1924 as a music teacher at the old Columbia Junior High School. From 1931 to 1951 she taught at Eliot Junior High School and from 1951 to 1957 she was at Sousa Junior High School.
A native of Falls City, Wash., she graduated from the University of Washington, and she received a master's degree in music from Columbia University.
Miss Bonell taught voice and choral music. Over the years quartets and choruses she directed have performed at Constitution Hall, the White House and on the radio and at various civic functions and parties.
She was known to her students as a demanding taskmaster with a short temper for singers performing at less than their best, but she also took a personal interest in her singers and she kept in touch with them long after they had graduated. Beginning during World War II, Miss Bonell began holding biannual reunions of her former singers, and those continued periodically after she retired. The last was about six years ago at the home of a niece in McLean, attended by more than 100 of her former students. She also was godmother to children of many of her former students.
Miss Bonell had been a choir director at churches in the Washington area, including the Falls Church Episcopal church. She had been a Girl Scout leader in Falls Church.
She was an energetic mountain climber, and she had climbed in the Blue Ridge Mountains and in the Alps. On retirement she moved from Falls Church to Lake Sammamish in Bellevue, Wash., near Mount Rainier, which she had climbed several times.
In 1988 Miss Bonell moved to Oakland, Calif. Her house was destroyed in the fire there this fall and she had lived since then in Hayward with a friend.
Survivors include a sister, Aura Morrison of Hayward.
ALFRED IRVIN SHERMAN
Air Force Photographer
Alfred Irvin Sherman, 79, a retired chief photographer for the Department of the Air Force, died of cardiopulmonary failure Nov. 30 at his home in Falls Church. He lived in the Washington area for more than 50 years.
Mr. Sherman retired in 1974 after 34 years as an Army Air Corps and Air Force photographer and chief of the photographic section. He continued as a freelance photographer after his retirement.
A native of New York, Mr. Sherman attended Pratt Institute and Columbia University. He was a freelance photographer in New York before moving here.
He also was a painter, and he taught drawing and painting for the D.C. Recreation Department in the 1950s and 1960s. He belonged to the Arts Student League at the Corcoran School of Art.
Mr. Sherman was a member of the Falls Church Senior Citizens Commission and was president of the Falls Church chapters of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the American Association of Retired Persons. He also was editor of the AARP newsletter and belonged to St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church and the Knights of Columbus.
His first marriage ended in divorce. His second wife, Joanne duPont Dimmick, died in 1969.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Crouch Sherman of Falls Church; seven children from his second marriage, Elizabeth "Cricket" Moore, Lavinia Sherman, and Joan Thomas, all of Falls Church, Melanie Faith of Pompano Beach, Fla., Ellen McGraw of Herndon, Teresa Sherman-Zeid of Hayes, Va., and George Sherman of Middleburg; two stepsons, Douglas Crouch of New York and Dave Crouch of Houston; a sister, Annyse Sherman of Boca Raton, Fla.; 14 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
ALDEN R. 'ZEKE' SANBORN
Alden R. "Zeke" Sanborn, 92, a retired Navy captain who had specialized in naval aircraft production, repair and overhaul, died Dec. 1 of respiratory failure at Charlotte Hall veterans home in Charlotte Hall, Md.
Capt. Sanborn was born in Jefferson, Wis. He attended Beloit College, then entered the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1922. While at the academy, he rowed crew for four years, including the 1920 Navy crew that won a Gold Medal at the Olympics. He also played football.
He received a master's degree in marine engineering from the Naval Academy and a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Later Capt. Sanborn taught and received his aviator wings at the naval air facility at Pensacola, Fla., then was assigned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and then to Washington where he worked on the development of torpedo planes and dive bombers. During World War II he directed delivery of aircraft to the Pacific Fleet and supervised maintenance on aircraft carriers operating out of San Francisco. Later in the war he directed overhaul of naval aircraft in Norfolk.
Postwar duty included service in Philadelphia where he worked on the development of catapults for aircraft carriers and other specialized aeronautical equipment and in Quonset Point, R.I., where he directed development of a jet overhaul and repair facility. He retired from the Navy in 1951.
In retirement Capt. Sanborn was a technical adviser to what then was Chance Vaught in Dallas. Later he worked in the engineering and manufacturing department of Curtiss Wright in New Jersey. He retired again in 1963 and moved to Annapolis.
He moved to Easton, Md., in 1982 and since 1988 had lived at Charlotte Hall.
From 1968 to 1978, Capt. Sanborn was president of his Naval Academy class.
His wife of 47 years, Marjorie Sanborn, died in 1987.
Survivors include two sons, Alden R. Sanborn Jr. of Riva, Md., and Donald Sanborn of Sparta, N.J.; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
GUY H. DREWRY JR.
Guy H. Drewry Jr., 72, a retired Army colonel and ordnance specialist, died of lung cancer Dec. 4 at the Fairfax Retirement Community at Fort Belvoir.
Col. Drewry was in the Army from 1942 to 1972. He was posted in Britain during World War II, and he was part of a team working on development of countermeasures for the German V-2 rocket and V-1 flying bomb.
Postwar duty included service in the development of tactical ballistic missiles in cooperation with the Atomic Energy Commission and an assignment at Bell Telephone Laboratories as development team leader for the Nike-X antiaircraft missile.
During the 1950s, Col. Drewry worked with the AEC and at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey on the development of nuclear artillery shells and later at Cape Canaveral on the launching of the first U.S. satellite. From 1959 until he retired, he served as special assistant to the director of research and engineering in the office of the secretary of defense.
Col. Drewry, who had been a permanent resident of this area since 1959, was born to Army parents on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute. While in the Army he studied nuclear physics at the California Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University, and he graduated from the Army's Ordnance School, the Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patricia G. Drewry of the Fairfax; five children, Army Lt. Col. G.H. Drewry III of West Point, N.Y., Paul G. Drewry of Park Rapids, Minn., W. James Drewry of Santa Monica, Calif., Pamela D. Downey of Burke and Patricia D. McCulloch of Louisville, and 10 grandchildren.
ELIZABETH LAYNE KINCHELOE
Elizabeth Layne Kincheloe, 84, retired rental manager and social director of the Capitol Park Apartments in Southwest Washington, died of pneumonia Dec. 6 at Alexandria Hospital. A resident of the Washington area since 1949, she lived in Alexandria.
Mrs. Kincheloe was at Capitol Park, an early urban renewal apartment complex here, from 1963 to the late 1970s. In the early 1930s, she worked as an elementary school teacher in a small town outside Havana.
A native of Richmond, she received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the College of William & Mary.
Mrs. Kincheloe was a certified garden club judge and won blue ribbons for her flower arrangements at the National Capital Flower shows.
She was president of the Belle Haven Garden Club, entertainment chairman of the Belle Haven Country Club and a member of the women's advisory board of Fidelity Savings and Loan and the Alexandria Hospital Auxiliary.
Her marriage to Thomas Thurman Kincheloe ended in divorce.
She is survived by two children, Thomas Layne Kincheloe of Atlanta and Anne K. Mandros of Alexandria, and two grandchildren.
GARY A. VACCARIELLO
Gary A. Vaccariello, 40, a computer programmer who worked for the Census Bureau and Intelicom Solutions in the Washington area, died of cancer Nov. 9 at the Porter Hospice in Denver.
Mr. Vaccariello, who lived in Englewood, Colo., was born in Cleveland. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University and moved to the Washington area in 1974.
He worked for the Census Bureau from 1974 to 1983, when he joined Intelicom Solutions in Rockville. The company transferred him to Denver in 1985. He was a former resident of Alexandria, and he played in several softball leagues in the Washington area.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra McKenzie, and two children, Sara McKenzie-Vaccariello and Rachel McKenzie-Vaccariello, all of Englewood, and his mother, Doris Vaccariello, a brother, Nicholas Vaccariello, and a sister, Gail Aveni, all of Cleveland.
HELEN BUNN BISSELL
Helen Bunn Bissell, 68, a former volunteer with the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria and the office of the National Symphony Orchestra, died of cancer Nov. 22 at a hospital in Springfield, Mass. A resident of the Washington area for 44 years, she moved to Northampton, Mass., from Alexandria in 1988.
Mrs. Bissell was born in St. Paul, Minn. A graduate of George Washington University, she served in the WAVES during World War II.
Her husband, Arthur H. Bissell Jr., died in 1989.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Robert Bissell of Northampton; a daughter, Susan Bissell-Finegan of Ithaca, N.Y.; a brother, George Bunn of San Francisco; and four grandchildren.
Kathryn Irwin, 95, the president emeritus of the Church of Two Worlds in Washington and a member of the National Association of Spiritualist Churches, died of septicemia Dec. 6 at Suburban Hospital.
Miss Irwin, who lived in Rockville, was born in Rome, Ga. She grew up in Nashville, Tenn. She moved to the Washington area in 1952. She was an editor at the Interior Department form 1952 to 1964.
Miss Irwin was a member of the Col. John Washington chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Survivors include her companion, Frederick Brown of Rockville.