Sherry R. Arnstein, 67, a health policy specialist who served 10 years as executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine before retiring in 1995, died of breast cancer Jan. 19 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Arnstein also had been a consulting public policy analyst and project manager with Arthur D. Little, a senior research fellow at the National Center for Health Services Research and vice president of the National Health Council, with responsibility for the Washington area.

In the early 1960s, she was a special assistant to the assistant secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where she planned a federal strategy to desegregate the nation's hospitals. She led a racially integrated team to the deep South in 1963 to test compliance techniques, and she later trained team leaders for comparable compliance visits elsewhere in the country.

Mrs. Arnstein was born in New York and grew up in California. She graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles and began her professional career as a caseworker with the Alameda County Juvenile Court.

In 1955, she moved to Washington, where she received a master's degree in communications from American University.

Survivors include her husband, George Arnstein of Washington; and two half brothers, Leonard Gold of Altadena, Calif., and Steven Rubin of Los Angeles.


Mechanical Engineer

George W. Wassmer, 86, a mechanical engineer who retired in 1971 after 11 years with the U.S. Office of Civil Defense, died of cancer Jan. 22 at his home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Wassmer was born in North Bergen, N.J. He was a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and received a master's degree in engineering from Ohio State University.

He worked as a draftsman with Otis Elevator Co. in the 1930s, and in 1940, he moved to Washington and went to work for the Navy Department's bureau of ships. He worked for the Navy for 20 years.

Mr. Wassmer was a member of Glenmont United Methodist Church in Wheaton and Rockville United Methodist Church, where he coordinated activities for seniors. He also was a former member of Bethesda United Methodist Church and Westmoreland Congregational Church, where he taught in the Sunday school.

He was president of the PTA at Wingate Elementary School and a member of PTAs at Altavista Elementary School, North Bethesda Junior High School and Walter Johnson High School. He was a member of the Washington Opera Guild and Grow-Green Garden Club in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Florence G. Wassmer of Silver Spring; a daughter, Grace Holt of Potomac; three grandsons; and a great-grandson. A son, George Wassmer Jr., died in 1964.



John Joseph Zamostny, 66, a civil engineer who worked for 20 years for the Veterans Administration and the Department of Energy before retiring in 1996, died of lung cancer Jan. 23 at his home in Edgewater.

Mr. Zamostny was born in Baltimore. He served in the Army in Korea during the Korean War, then graduated from the University of Maryland after the war.

He held several civil engineering jobs in private industry in the Washington area before entering federal service in 1976.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Edgewater and a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Landover Hills.

His first wife, Dolores Prodehl Zamostny, died in 1983, and his second wife, Suzanne Mabry Zamostny, died in 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Theresa Page Zamostny of Edgewater; four children from his first marriage, Linda J. Ivko of Waldorf, Carol Z. Sullivan of Olney, Terese A. Baumgartner of Manassas and John J. Zamostny of Waldorf; three stepchildren, Wanda L. Basil of Edgewater, Brenda A. Horton of Fancy Gap, Va., and David M. Traylor of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister, Helen A. Kupin of Linthicum; two brothers, Leroy J. Zamostny of Riviera Beach and William F. Zamostny of Sunset Beach; and 12 grandchildren.


Collector of Antiques

Katherine Wright Dennis, 89, a Washington resident for more than 50 years who collected antiques and was active in gardening organizations, died of a heart attack Jan. 17 at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, N.M.

Mrs. Dennis was born in Carthage, Mo. She grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma.

She moved to Washington in 1939 and maintained her principal residence in the city until 1994, when she moved to Santa Fe.

In 1948, Mrs. Dennis accompanied her husband, Frank L. Dennis, to Paris, where he was an official with the Marshall Plan, the aid program that revived the economy of Europe after World War II. She later lived in Rome, where her husband had a State Department assignment.

In addition to her husband, of Santa Fe, survivors include a son, Frank Landt Dennis Jr., also of Santa Fe.


Tax and Finance Manager

Marjorie Lee Moore, 57, a self-employed financial and tax manager, died of cancer Jan. 17 at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Moore was born in Alexandria. She graduated from George Washington High School and attended Emory & Henry College and Strayer College.

She had accompanied her husband, retired Navy Cmdr. Patrick H. Moore, on Navy assignments, including tours in Africa, when he was on active duty. Mrs. Moore was an organizer of the Alexandria Crew Boosters, which supports the rowing teams at T.C. Williams High School. She was instrumental in the construction of the crew boathouse. A new boat for the women's crew is to be christened the Marjorie Moore in her honor.

Survivors include her husband, of Alexandria; three children, William Moore of Minneapolis, Patricia Moore of Asheville, N.C., and Jeannie Puentes of Arlington; and two grandchildren.


Warrenton Native

Fanny Keith Day, 87, a Warrenton native who lived at Goodwin House West in Falls Church, died Jan. 19 at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va., after a stroke.

Mrs. Day attended Sarah Lawrence College. From 1939 to 1989, she lived in Plainfield, N.J. She then moved to Goodwin House West. She was visiting a daughter in Millwood, Va., when she was stricken.

Her husband, Francis P. Day, died in 1969.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Welby Garrison of Alexandria and Millwood and Anne D. Herrmann and Rosalie D. Hughes, both of New York; a brother, retired Fairfax Circuit Court judge James Keith of Fairfax; and seven grandchildren.


Church Member

Catherine J. Kookley, 95, a member of the sodality of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 21 at her home in Rockville.

Before moving to the Washington area in 1935, she helped her husband operate a tearoom in her native Pittsburgh. She was an independent investor in the Washington area.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington and a volunteer with the Philoptochos Society of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington.

Her husband, John M. Kookley, died in 1961. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara K. Panogos of Rockville, and two granddaughters.


Piano Teacher

Doris Drum Jones, 74, who taught piano at her home in McLean for more than 35 years, died Jan. 21 at Manor Care Rehabilitation Center in Arlington of complications related to a stroke.

Mrs. Jones was born in Hiddenite, N.C. She attended Mitchell College in Statesville, N.C.

She settled in the Washington area in 1948. Mrs. Jones began teaching piano in 1959.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean. Her husband, George H. Jones Jr., died in 1995.

Survivors include three children, Beverly Lengyel and Debbie M. Jones, both of McLean, and George H. Jones III of Vienna; and three grandchildren.


Licensed Engineer

Joseph Cahill Soraghan, 76, a licensed engineer who ran his own company for 30 years and later worked in the field of hydraulics for Radin Inc., an engineering firm, died of lung ailments Jan. 18 at Fairfax Hospital.

Mr. Soraghan, a resident of Springfield, was born in Cleveland. He grew up in New York state. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Arizona.

In 1950, he moved to the Washington area and established Soraghan Associates Inc., a company that sold valves. In 1982, the business closed, and Mr. Soraghan went to work for Radin Inc. He retired in 1992 after suffering a stroke.

Mr. Soraghan was a former member of the West River Sailing Club in Annapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth "Rusty" Soraghan of Springfield; and three daughters, Patricia Soraghan of Wilmington, N.C., Ann Soraghan of Warsaw and Jane Soraghan of Burke.