Susan McAra Wilder, 53, a certified public accountant and an Arlington activist who oversaw the petition drive to permit Arlingtonians to vote on whether to have an elected school board, died of breast cancer Jan. 30 at Arlington Hospital.
Mrs. Wilder had served two terms as president of the Arlington chapter of the League of Women Voters. As chairman of the Balls Crossing Neighborhood Conservation Committee, she developed a comprehensive neighborhood conservation program, and served on county advisory committees dealing with education, social services and budgetary and fiscal issues.
For the last two years, she had been an auditor in the office of the inspector general of the Department of Defense. Earlier, she had been a staff accountant at Emory R. Moore, CPA; an accountant with the Baptiste & Wilder law firm in Washington, manager of the Melpar Federal Credit Union in Falls Church and assistant manager and head teller at Continental Federal Savings Bank in Arlington.
Mrs. Wilder was born in Scotland. She came to the United States in 1955 and settled in New York. She graduated from Eureka College in Illinois and received a master's degree in accounting from George Mason University. She settled in Arlington in 1966.
She was active in Arlington's Democratic Party and, in 1979, ran unsuccessfully for county treasurer.
Her work to bring Arlington an elected school board culminated in 1993 when voters approved the measure overwhelmingly in the general election. In the 1950s, during the period of Virginia's massive resistance to school desegregation, the state had taken away Arlington's right to elect its school board.
Survivors include her husband, Roland Wilder Jr., and two sons, Roland Wilder III and William Wilder, all of Arlington; her mother, Christian McAra Randell of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and a sister, Janet A. McInnes of Newfoundland. MINNIE B. ODOROFF Art Appraiser
Minnie B. Odoroff, 84, an appraiser and collector of contemporary art, died of cancer Jan. 29 at Belvoir Woods Health Care Center in Fairfax.
Mrs. Odoroff, who was born in Minneapolis, attended the University of Minnesota. She moved to the Washington area about 50 years ago.
During the 1950s and 1960s, she worked in the office of the Hollin Hills housing development in Fairfax, just south of Alexandria.
From 1970 to 1972, Mrs. Odoroff was co-owner of Gallery Marc, a contemporary art gallery in Washington.
She was certified by the American Association of Appraisers as an appraiser of contemporary art, and she was self-employed as an art appraiser. She worked for private collectors and museums. She made gifts to ar\ea museums from her own collection of contemporary art.
A former resident of Hollin Hills, she later lived at the Fairfax retirement facility at Fort Belvoir.
Her husband, Maurice E. Odoroff, died in 1972.
Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Odoroff-Morgan of Pittsburgh, and four grandchildren. A son, Charles L. Odoroff, died in 1987. VIRGINIA GINNY' BERGER BRENNER Teacher
Virginia "Ginny" Berger Brenner, 47, a substitute teacher at Washington area private schools and day-care centers who also had worked as a foster care specialist for Montgomery Child Care Association Inc., died of complications related to pneumonia Jan. 27 at Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
Mrs. Brenner, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Washington and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring in 1966. She received an associate degree from Montgomery College.
For 16 years until 1986, she was an office assistant at the National Institutes of Health. During that period, she also graduated from the University of the District of Columbia.
In 1991, she received a master's degree in educational guidance and counseling from Howard University. Since then, she had worked as a foster care specialist and substitute teacher. She tutored children and adults in a variety of subjects, specializing in writing and study skills.
Her avocations included traveling and sightseeing.
Survivors include her husband, David Brenner of Silver Spring, whom she married in November; her mother, Charlotte Berger of Silver Spring; and two brothers, Nathan Berger of Silver Spring and Vincent Berger of Camp Hill, Pa. ANTHONY REMIGIUS LASH Inspection Chief
Anthony Remigius Lash, 85, the first director of Alexandria's Bureau of Construction Inspection, died of heart ailments and respiratory failure Jan. 29 at home in Alexandria.
Mr. Lash retired in 1973 after 38 years as director of the Alexandria Bureau of Construction Inspection. He then worked until 1983 as a special consultant to Hechinger stores.
He was a fourth-generation Alexandrian and a graduate of St. John's College High School in Washington. He studied civil engineering at George Washington University and the University of Virginia.
He began his career with the City of Alexandria in 1930 as an engineer in the Department of Public Works.
He was a past president of the Building Officials Conference of America and the Alexandria Host Lions Club and a member of the Friendship Fire Engine Company.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine N. Lash of Alexandria; eight children, Mary Esther Gaines of Washington, Anthony R. Lash Jr. of Portland, Ore., Rose Ellen Cunningham and Judith M. Dennick, both of Orange, Calif., Thomas N. Lash of Alexandria, Geraldine A. Borghesani of Burke, Carlyle M. Lash of Arlington and Jonathan C.D. Lash of Annandale; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. CHIPMAN CHURCHILL BULL Senate Deputy Postmaster
Chipman Churchill Bull, 61, former deputy postmaster and superintendent of mails at the Senate Post Office, died of cancer Jan. 29 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.
Mr. Bull, who lived in Annandale, was born in Washburn, Maine. He attended Springfield College in Massachusetts and the University of Maine.
He served in the Army in 1956 and 1957.
Before he first moved to the Washington area in 1977, he was executive director of the Maine Potato Commission and executive vice president of the Maine Potato Council.
He was northeast director for the U.S. Agriculture Department until 1984, when he returned to Maine to run unsuccessfully for Congress. Later, he was a country club chef in Florida.
He returned to this area to work at the Senate Post Office in 1991, retiring in 1994.
Survivors include his wife, Ardis Carmichael Bull of Annandale; four children, Mary Jo Tomalewski of Fairfax, Michael John Bull of Northfield, Minn., Matthew Joseph Bull of Groton, Conn., and Melissa Jane Robinson of Richmond; a sister, Mary McCorison of Granby, Conn.; and two granddaughters. ROBERT JAMES JOHNSTON JR. Computer Leasing Firm Executive
Robert James Johnston Jr., 52, executive vice president of a Falls Church computer leasing and funding company, Capitol Capital Inc., died of a heart ailment Jan. 20 at his home in Washington. He also had a home in St. Michaels, Md.
Mr. Johnston spent most of his career in the computer business. He had worked for Federal Systems Group, Storage Technology Corp. and General Electric Corp. and had been owner of Cambridge Financial Associates.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and first moved to the Washington area as a teenager. He attended Georgetown University and served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
His marriage to Patricia S. Fiske ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Karen F. Johnston of St. Michaels; a son from his first marriage, James Johnston III of Alexandria; a son from his second marriage, Matthew William James Johnston of St. Michaels; his father and stepmother, Robert James Johnston and Marcia Johnston, both of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Rensselaer, Ind.; and a brother, David Johnston of Washington. CLAUDE MILLARD BISHOP Building Services Manager
Claude Millard Bishop, 57, who worked for 28 years for the Montgomery County Board of Education and retired in 1985 as a building services manager at the Education Service Center in Rockville, died of cancer at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
Mr. Bishop, a resident of Gaithersburg, had lived in the Washington area since 1956. He was a native of Duffield, Va., and worked for a Gaithersburg roofing company as a young man.
He was a Moose and a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Shirley A. Bishop of Gaithersburg; four children, Claudette Jones of Frederick, Md., Sherry Wise of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Timothy Bishop of Germantown and Ricky Bishop of Gaithersburg; his mother, Rosa Bishop of Gaithersburg; four brothers, Corbin Bishop of Gaithersburg, Tyler Bishop of Appalachia, Va., Clarence Bishop of Germantown and Fred Bishop of Fairfield, Pa.; and five grandchildren. ERIC KANE RICE Social Worker
Eric Kane Rice, 52, a social worker who worked for the D.C. public schools from 1974 until 1991, when he retired on disability, died of cardiac arrhythmia and complications of advanced stage renal disease Jan. 29 at home in Potomac.
Mr. Rice was born in Sunbury, Pa., and he graduated from Tufts University. He came to Washington in 1966 and received a master's degree in social work from Howard University. Before joining the D.C. public school system, he was a probation officer and caseworker for D.C. Superior Court and a parole officer for the D.C. Department of Corrections.
He had been a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington and Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville, and he had done volunteer work for the Red Cross.
Before the onset of renal disease, Mr. Rice was an enthusiastic runner. He completed the Marine Corps Marathon in 1980, 1981 and 1984.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Carol Backman Rice of Potomac; two children, Amanda C. Rice of San Francisco and Eric Paul Rice, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University now doing research in Brazil for a dissertation; and his mother, Doris Rice of Sunbury. THOMAS C. NOLAN Georgetown University Coach
Thomas C. Nolan, 82, who retired in 1978 from Georgetown University, where he taught physical education and coached baseball and basketball, died Jan. 30 at his home in Chevy Chase. He had Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Nolan taught at Georgetown for 22 years. From 1943 to 1956, he taught history at Anacostia, Bell and Chamberlain high schools and coached basketball at Gonzaga College High School. Mr. Nolan was a native of Washington and a graduate of Eastern High School and Georgetown University.
He was a member of the Eastern High School Hall of Fame, Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame, Washington Sandlot Hall of Fame and Gonzaga College High School Hall of Fame. He also was a member of Argyle Country Club and the Maryland State Senior Golf Association.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth C. Nolan of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Betty A. Nolan of Chevy Chase and Kathleen Cortese of Kensington; two sisters; and a granddaughter. VIRGINIA SHARON LARKIN Computer Assistant
Virginia Sharon Larkin, 46, a computer assistant at the National Institutes of Health, died Jan. 19 at Suburban Hospital after a heart attack. Ms. Larkin, who lived in Chevy Chase, was born in Raleigh, N.C. She moved to the Washington area in 1956. She graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and attended Montgomery College.
Ms. Larkin had worked at NIH for about 15 years.
She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
Survivors include her parents, Lawrence and Kathleen Larkin of Chevy Chase; three sisters; and four brothers.