James B. Hunter, 58, an Arlington native and businessman and retired Marine Corps major who became a popular and respected member of the Arlington County Board, died of cancer Jan. 5 at his home in Arlington.

Mr. Hunter, a Democrat, served on the board from 1990 until retiring for health reasons on Sept. 8, 1997. He served as board chairman in 1993 and 1996 and was vice chairman in 1992.

On the board, he worked for the disabled and successfully championed the 1992 amendment to the county's human rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

A 1996 Washington Post editorial, which endorsed the reelection of the unopposed board candidate, said, "His record of solid service to the county deserves voter reaffirmation."

Upon learning of Mr. Hunter's death, Arlington County Board Chairman Chris Zimmerman (D) recalled his colleague's "gracious civility" and hailed him as an advocate of rights for all, "especially those with little or no public voice."

Former board chairman Ellen M. Bozman (D) said, "Jim Hunter has challenged us and changed us for the good in Arlington County." She added, "His contributions to the life of this community are immutable."

In 1987, Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Hunter a "Washingtonian of the Year," citing some of his community contributions. He was active in campaigns to raise money for such groups as the United Way, and he served on the boards of the Arlington County chapter of the American Red Cross and the Veterans Memorial YMCA in Arlington. He also was cited for his work in community improvement through the Kiwanis.

The magazine told how Mr. Hunter and his wife, who had three children of their own, adopted a teenager, Thongpane Wang, who had fled her native Laos with an aunt and uncle and was living in a two-bedroom apartment with 10 other people.

Mr. Hunter was a past president of the Committee of 100, a group of Arlington community leaders who try to resolve civic problems. He founded the Arlington Housing Corp., an organization that works for low- and moderate-income housing and seeks to keep county teenagers out of trouble. He also served on the board of the Arlington County League of Women Voters.

He served on county advisory groups dealing with law enforcement issues, fiscal affairs and planning. In the 1980s, he served as an assistant registrar of voters, was a member of the Arlington Democratic Committee and served as vice chairman of Arlingtonians for a Better County.

During his years on the County Board, he was active in committees of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. He chaired COG's transportation planning board and served on boards dealing with airport noise abatement, human services, public safety and the environment.

Mr. Hunter was born in a house in Arlington a block from where he later would have offices. He graduated from Washington-Lee High School and was a 1961 economics graduate of Princeton University. After college, he became a Marine officer, serving as an infantry officer in Vietnam and later holding budget posts.

After retiring from active military duty in 1973, he became owner and principal operating officer of Benefit Concepts Group Inc. The Arlington company designs retirement plans and provides marketing help to nonprofit charitable groups and public school systems.

Mr. Hunter was a member of Rock Spring Congregational Church, where his late father, the Rev. Paul Hunter, served as minister from 1932 to 1956 and where his mother, Leone, co-founded a preschool.

He also belonged to the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was active in PTA groups and the Lyon Village Citizen's Association.

In addition to his adopted daughter, of Arlington, survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Patricia A. Anderson of Arlington; three other children, James B. Hunter IV of Summit, N.J., Peter C. Hunter of Bayonne, N.J., and Jessica L. Hunter of Arlington; two sisters, Lenore Rowe of Emporia, Kan., and Mary Schmidt of Reading, Pa.; and four grandchildren. JOHN P. DONAHUE Chaplain

The Rev. John P. Donahue, 75, a wounded combat veteran of World War II and a member of the Paulist order who served as a chaplain at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for the last eight years, died of congestive heart failure and diabetes Dec. 31 at the Veterans Hospital nursing home care unit.

Rev. Donahue, who lived at his order's St. Paul College in Washington, was a native of Philadelphia. He enlisted in the Army shortly before World War II and became a tank platoon commander in Europe in the 3rd Armored Division.

He was wounded three times, losing his right eye, while fighting across Northern France, the Rhineland and the Ardennes and into Central Europe. His decorations included awards of the Purple Heart. In 1946, he retired from the Army on disability as a first lieutenant.

After the war, he attended Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and he received an economics degree from the University of the Americas in Mexico City in 1949. Later that year, he entered the Paulist ministry and was ordained a priest in 1957.

Rev. Donahue served as a parish priest on the West Coast and in Texas, then was a vocation director on military bases in the United States and Germany during the Vietnam War. He also conducted programs dealing with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' pastoral letter concerning war and peace.

Over the years, he also worked as a campus minister at Memphis State, Tufts and Johns Hopkins universities and studied at North American College in Rome and at the University of Louvain in Belgium.

His hobbies included sailing, mountain hiking and flying light aircraft.

Survivors include a brother, George Donahue of Philadelphia, and a sister, Sister Joan Donahue of Washington. HENRY ALAN NEIL Jr. Capitol Hill Staff Director

Henry Alan Neil Jr., 69, who retired in 1990 after about 17 years as staff director of the House Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health, human services and education, died Dec. 31 at Vencor Hospital in Arlington. He had suffered a stroke.

Working under subcommittee Chairmen Daniel Flood (D-Pa.) and William H. Natcher (D-Ky.), Mr. Neil helped shepherd an annual appropriations bill that reached more than $30 billion during his career. He joined the staff in 1969 after 11 years at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where he was a budget analyst and director of budget services.

After he retired, he was a consultant to the Center for Civic Education, promoting the teaching and understanding of the Constitution in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Neil, a resident of Arlington, was born in Oak Park, Ill. He was a graduate of Princeton University. He received a master's degree in political science from the University of Chicago and did additional graduate work in government at Harvard University. He served in the Army in Germany.

He studied government and history at Hamburg University and Heidelberg University on a Fulbright Scholarship in the late 1950s.

His interests included gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Erika Schmidt Neil of Arlington; three sons, Fritz Neil of Troy, Mich., Peter Neil of Arlington and Erik Neil of Montreal; two sisters, Julie Bronstein of Washington and Mary Virginia Donahue of Potomac; and five grandchildren. DOROTHY ANGELA BROOKS Homemaker

Dorothy Angela Brooks, 85, a homemaker and a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died of pneumonia Jan. 5 at Pleasant Living Convalescent Center in Edgewater.

Mrs. Brooks, a resident of Edgewater, was born in Washington. Her avocations included needlework and stamp and coin collecting.

She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Edgewater.

Her husband, Norman E. Brooks Sr., died in 1985.

Survivors include three sons, Norman E. Brooks Jr. of Edgewater, Robert J. Brooks Sr. of Cobb Island and William E. Brooks of North Deale; three brothers, Thomas Linkins of North Deale, Joseph Linkins of Rockville and Pete Linkins of Florida; and two sisters, Mary Linkins of Parole and Edna Moore of Dunkirk. DORIS FAYE MILLER Longtime Resident

Doris Faye Miller, 85, a Washington area resident since about 1950 who was a member of Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, died Dec. 31 at Washington Adventist Hospital. She had Parkinson's disease.

Mrs. Miller, who lived in Silver Spring, was a native of South Dakota. She lived in West Virginia before moving to the Washington area. In the 1950s, she was a clerical worker at the Montgomery Blair High School cafeteria. She also worked in Silver Spring for Hecht Co., Hot Shoppe restaurants and the Woodmoor Pastry Shop.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Melvin C. Miller of Silver Spring; a daughter, Marilyn Barber of Cabin John; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A son, Charles Miller, died in August 1997. ELIZABETH HOLDEN Secretary and Library Volunteer

Elizabeth Holden, 86, a retired Agriculture Department secretary who volunteered at libraries in the Washington area, died Dec. 20 at Arlington Hospital. She had suffered a stroke.

Miss Holden, who lived in Arlington, was a native of Pleasantville, N.Y., and a graduate of George Washington University. She went to work for Agriculture in 1938 and retired in 1976 from the river basins division of the Soil Conservation Service.

She volunteered with the Smithsonian Associates and at libraries in Washington and Arlington.

Survivors include five sisters and three brothers. JEANETTE A. BUCKY' SNYDER Merchant

Jeanette A. "Bucky" Snyder, 82, a partner in the management and ownership of the Frank Michelbach Furniture Store in Alexandria for several decades before the business closed 20 years ago, died of pneumonia Jan. 4 at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Snyder was a lifelong Alexandria resident and a graduate of George Mason High School and Strayer Business College.

She spent her working life in management positions at Michelbach Furniture, a family business.

She was a charter member of the Soroptimist International Club of Alexandria. She helped organize a program of making clown-like dolls called sorrupets, which were given to children who were patients at Alexandria Hospital. In 1987, she received the Minnie Pritchard Outstanding Soroptimist Award.

She was a member of the Inner Service Council of Alexandria and of Franconia United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for 25 years. She was the first woman to chair the administrative board of the church, and she led several committees.

Her first husband, Samuel Berman, died in 1944, and her second husband, William Snyder, died in 1952.

Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Maxine Mehlhaff of Spanaway, Wash., and Frank Berman of Wilmington, Ill.; and four grandchildren. ETHEL EVELYN CLEMENS Librarian

Ethel Evelyn Clemens, 73, who retired in June after 12 years as librarian at Temple Emanual in Kensington, died of multiple myeloma Jan. 4 at her home in Potomac.

Mrs. Clemens also established and maintained the library at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, and she worked as a librarian at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase. She was a library aide in the 1970s at Lake Normandy Elementary School, where she also taught calligraphy and handwriting, and at Cabin John Junior High School.

Mrs. Clemens was born in New Britain, Conn. She attended the City College of New York.

She was a founding member of Har Shalom Congregation in Potomac and Temple Beth Ami and a member of the Association of Jewish Libraries and the Jewish Board of Education and Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Jules R. Clemens of Potomac; four children, Ross Clemens of Silver Spring, David Clemens of Gaithersburg, Lowell Clemens of Germantown and Toby Wylie of Frederick, Md.; a sister, Merrie Kassalow of Clifton; and six grandchildren. SAMUEL M. LOMAURO Convention Specialist

Samuel M. Lomauro, 82, who retired about 10 years ago as convention director for the American Public Health Association, died of cancer Jan. 4 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.

Mr. Lomauro, a resident of Arlington, was born in Paterson, N.J. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in England.

He moved to the Washington area 44 years ago. He was a convention specialist throughout his professional career, and he worked for the American Apparel Association, the Shoreham Hotel and the Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau before joining the American Public Health Association 10 years before his retirement.

He was a member of the Touchdown Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, Dena L. Lomauro of Arlington; a daughter, Joy Ann Lomauro of Alexandria; and a granddaughter. MARGARET MENDENHALL SMITH Interior Decorator

Margaret Mendenhall Smith, 81, who owned and operated a Bethesda-based design firm for 20 years, died of cancer Jan. 4 at her home in Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Smith retired in 1986 and had lived since then in Naples, Fla., and Chevy Chase.

She was born in New York and grew up in Chevy Chase. She graduated from Sidwell Friends School and attended Laselle Junior College and Rhode Island School of Design.

During World War II, she began her professional decorating career by working for Washington decorator Genevieve Hendricks. Later, she worked for Virga & Co., of Bethesda, then in 1966 opened her own business, Margaret Smith Interiors.

She was a board member of the Sulgrave Club and the Junior League of Washington and a member of the Chevy Chase Club and the Metropolitan Club.

Her husband, James Arthur Smith, died in 1996.

Survivors include a son, Randolph Philip Smith of Richmond, and a sister, Alice Mendenhall of Palo Alto, Calif. JOHN DOUGLAS GRANT Teacher

John Douglas Grant, 68, who retired in 1993 as a mathematics teacher at Eastern High School, died of cardiovascular disease Dec. 8 at Providence Hospital. He had suffered a stroke.

He began teaching in the D.C. school system in the late 1960s, when he was a science instructor at Backus Junior High. He also taught at night at the Armstrong Adult Education Center.

Mr. Grant was a native of Rocky Mount, N.C., and a graduate of North Carolina Central University. He attended Howard University's medical school. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1963, with assignments in Japan and Okinawa and as an instructor in chemical, biological and radiological warfare.

He was a member of Northeastern Presbyterian Church in Washington, the Mathematical Association of America, the American Association of Retired Persons and the Majestic Eagles organization. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Nellie Laws Grant of Washington, and a sister. WILLIAM N. SENGSTACK Estimator

William Norman Sengstack, 78, a retired estimator with Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. in Washington, died of leukemia Jan. 3 at the Mariner Health Care Center in Laurel. He lived in Laurel.

Mr. Sengstack, a Washington native, was a 1937 graduate of Eastern High School. He was a batboy with the Washington Senators baseball team from 1935 to 1937. He then joined the Washington Times-Herald, where he worked in the advertising department and as a sports reporter before World War II.

After the war, he returned to Washington and became a carpenter with Lee T. Turner Construction Co. He then worked for Capital City Glass before joining PPG, from which he retired in 1981.

During World War II, he was an officer with the Army Corps of Engineers in Europe, landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1979 as a lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Sengstack was a member of Clifton Park Baptist Church and the post chapel at Fort Meade. His hobbies included golf and carving waterfowl.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Nora Hollins of Laurel; two sons, Robert E. Sengstack of Gaithersburg and Bruce A. Sengstack of Austin; two brothers, Charles H. Sengstack of McLean and John M. Sengstack of Silver Spring; three grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.