Donald M. Buck Educator
Donald McCauley Buck, 71, a Maryland educator for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1978 after seven years as principal of Surrattsville High School, died May 19 at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham where he was being treated for pneumonia. He lived in Upper Marlboro.
Mr. Buck, who was born in Upper Marlboro, was a graduate of Marlboro High School. He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he played on the soccer team. He received a master's degree in counseling and administration from George Washington University.
He began his career in 1950 as an industrial arts teacher at Oxon Hill High School. At Suitland High School from 1951 to 1965, he served as a guidance counselor and soccer coach, once leading a Suitland championship team. He was vice principal of Bowie High School from 1965 to 1971.
He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Upper Marlboro, the Marlboro Hunt Club, and the Maryland and Prince George's Retired Teachers Association.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Eleanor Moore, and a brother, Cleveland V., both of Upper Marlboro. Virginia E. Moffett Nurse
Virginia E. Moffett, 81, a registered nurse who had done part-time work at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge, died of pulmonary fibrosis May 19 at her home in Dale City.
Mrs. Moffett was born in Kansas City, Mo., where she graduated from nursing school at St. Luke's Hospital. She was a nurse at St. Luke's before moving to the Washington area in the early 1970s.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband, Hamilton W. Moffett of Dale City; two children, Laird Moffett of Alexandria and Earl Moffett of Raytown, Mo.; a brother; and three grandchildren. Richard James Powell Paper Salesman
Richard James Powell, 79, a paper salesman who retired from Wilcox Walter Furlong Paper Co. in 1988, died May 21 at the Washington Hospice of complications after a stroke.
Mr. Powell, who lived in Adelphi, was born in Minooka, Pa. He graduated from East Stroudsburg University and served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. He received a Purple Heart.
In the early 1950s, he moved to the Washington area and he began his career as a paper salesman with Andrews Paper Co. He had been with Wilcox Walter Furlong about 20 years when he retired.
He was a member of Disabled Veterans of America, the Moose Lodge and the American Legion in College Park and the Knights of Columbus. He was a minister at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Hyattsville, and he had done volunteer work for Meals on Wheels.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne C. Powell of Adelphi; two children, Timm Powell of Woodville, Va., and Pam Mest of Crofton; and five grandchildren. Evelyn W. Cope Secretary
Evelyn W. Cope, 71, a retired federal secretary, died of cancer May 19 at Holy Cross Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Burtonsville.
Mrs. Cope, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in North Dakota. She came to the Washington area in 1944.
She retired 20 years ago after working 25 years as a federal secretary, the last 15 at the National Institutes of Health.
Her husband, James W. Cope Sr., died in 1991.
Survivors include two children, James W. Cope Jr. of Milwaukee and Lisa M. Cope of Germantown; and two grandchildren. Benjamin H. Dean Navy Commander
Benjamin H. Dean, 76, a Navy commander who retired as an ordnance engineer, died of cancer May 13 at his home in Arlington.
On retiring from the Navy, Cmdr. Dean worked 15 years as a civilian consultant on Navy-related matters for Vitro Corp. He retired from that position in 1986.
He was born in Mississippi and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944 as a member of the class of 1945.
During World War II, he participated in combat operations in the Pacific aboard the battleship Nevada.
Postwar assignments included teaching mathematics at the Naval Academy, command of a nonmagnetic minesweeper and operations assignments in Washington. He led an oceanographic group surveying and testing navigational equipment in the Mediterranean. He settled in the Washington area in 1955, and he received a master's degree in education from George Washington University.
He retired from the Navy in 1971.
In retirement, Cmdr. Dean did volunteer work with the Red Cross, food programs for the hungry and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine E. Dean of Arlington; two children, Paul H. Dean of Falls Church and Nancy Dean Mattingly of Fairfax; and two grandchildren. Juliette Shadyac Volunteer
Juliette Shadyac, 68, who had done volunteer work for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church in Washington, died of complications related to pneumonia May 20 at Fairfax Hospital.
Mrs. Shadyac, a resident of Falls Church, was born in Lawrence, Mass. She moved to the Washington area in 1957. She had been active in humanitarian works in connection with the Rene Moawad Foundation.
In 1990, she received a papal award, Pro-Eclesia et Pontifice.
Survivors include her husband, Richard C. Shadyac of Falls Church; two sons, Rick Shadyac of Springfield and Tom Shadyac of California; two sisters, Genevieve Burkot of Falls Church and Josephine Soma of California; and two grandchildren. Avise H. Smith Store Manager
Avise H. Smith, 93, who was a store manager in Northern Virginia for S&H Green Stamps from 1959 to 1972, died of a heart ailment May 21 at her home in Falls Church.
Mrs. Smith, a native of Asbury, W.Va., was a store manager and a doctor's receptionist in Quinwood, W.Va., before moving to the Washington area in 1959.
She was a member of Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, the Business and Professional Women's Club of Falls Church, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Homemakers Club of West Falls Church.
Her marriage to Delton Smith ended in divorce.
Survivors include a son, Lon H. Smith of Washington; two sisters; and a grandson. Ruth Estelle Harvey Financial Adviser
Ruth Estelle Harvey, 80, who retired in 1981 as financial adviser to the pension investment program of the Organization of American States, died May 13 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital after a heart attack.
Ms. Harvey was a fifth generation Washingtonian and a lifelong resident of the city. She graduated from Eastern High School and received a degree in accounting from Strayer College.
For more than 38 years, she was employed at the Organization of American States.
She was deacon emerita of Ninth Street Christian Church, which later became Henson Valley Christian Church in Fort Washington. From 1971 to 1984, Ms. Harvey was treasurer of the Capital Area of Christian Churches.
She was a member of the Wanderlust Travel Club of Washington.
Survivors include three sisters, Virginia H. Fischer of Papillion, Neb., and Helen H. Moudy and Alice H. Allen, both of Alexandria. Vera R. Usdin Chemist
Vera R. Usdin, 72, a chemist who retired in 1988 from the Gillette Research Institute, died of a heart attack May 9 at her home in Rockville.
She was a native of Vienna, Austria, whose family immigrated to the United States in the 1940s. She was a graduate of Sterling College in Kansas and received a master's degree in chemistry from Duke University and a doctorate in chemistry from Ohio State University.
Dr. Usdin worked for the Rohm and Haas chemical company in Philadelphia and taught at New Mexico Highlands University before moving to the Washington area in 1962. She worked at Melpar Inc. and then joined Gillette in 1967.
She was a volunteer with the Friends of the National Zoo and a member of the Woodley Gardens Garden Club.
Her husband, Earl Usdin, died in the mid-1980s.
Survivors include three children, Tommie Usdin and Ted Usdin, both of Rockville, and Steven Usdin of Washington; a brother; and a grandson. Lucie Moller Cat Enthusiast
Lucie Moller, 78, who raised and showed Persian cats at Orion Cattery in Alexandria in the 1960s and 1970s, died of cancer May 16 at Oak Meadows Nursing Center in Fairfax.
Mrs. Moller, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Berlin. During World War II, she was a ballerina with her own dance company, and she performed throughout Europe and in Japan, where she remained after the war. During the 1950s, she appeared in Japanese movies.
In 1960, she settled in Alexandria after her marriage to John H. Moller, an Army intelligence officer stationed in Japan. He died in 1988.
Survivors include a son, Anthony L. Moller of Alexandria; and three grandchildren. David G. Clough Insurance Analyst
David G. Clough, 67, who retired in 1977 as a proceedings analyst in the property casualty division of the Geico insurance company, died May 12 at a hospital in Dallas of complications of hip surgery. He moved to Duluth, Ga., in 1995 from Derwood.
Mr. Clough was born in Minnesota. His family moved to the Washington area in 1943. He was a graduate of Hyattsville High School and the University of Maryland. He served in the Air Force.
He worked for Geico for more than 20 years, starting as a field manager in El Paso, and later working in Albuquerque and Jacksonville, Fla. He was assigned to Geico headquarters here in 1968 and continued as a consultant there after he retired.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Noreen Clough of Duluth; and a sister, Nancy Jean Lawhon of Bel Air, Md. Sara Teresa Harris School Secretary
Sara Teresa Harris, 65, who retired in December after 19 years as secretary at St. Mary's Catholic School in Landover Hills, died May 16 of pneumonia and sepsis at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. She lived in New Carrollton.
Mrs. Harris was a native of Bound Brook, N.J., and a graduate of Georgian Court College in Lakewood, N.J.
She taught science at a junior high school in Guam in 1960 while her husband worked there for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.
She was president of the Sodality at St. Mary'sand a member of the Goddard Women's Club.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Charles Albert Harris Jr. of New Carrollton; five children, Charles D. Harris of Beltsville, Edmund L. Harris of Clinton, Patrick K. Harris of Elkridge, Hugh B. Harris of New Carrollton and Elizabeth T. Volk of Fairfax; five brothers; a sister; and four grandchildren. Natalie Scimonelli Singer and Teacher
Natalie Scimonelli, 78, a singer and music teacher, died of complications related to lymphoma May 18 at her home in Bowie.
Mrs. Scimonelli was born in Hanson, Mass., and studied voice and piano at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.
During World War II, she served in the Navy WAVES, and she later became a member of the Navy Band.
From 1953 to 1963, she taught music and English at Mount Calvary School in Forestville, and she also taught private music lessons.
She sang in productions of the Washington Opera Society and Catholic University's School of Music, including operas such as "La Traviata," "The Impresario" and "The Telephone."
From 1980 to 1990, Mrs. Scimonelli sang with the University of Maryland chorus.
She was a member of the Friday Morning Music Club, the Washington Music Teachers Association, Prince George's Music Teachers Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Her husband, Navy bandsman Frank Scimonelli, died in 1996.
Survivors include five children, Frank Scimonelli Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn., Paul Scimonelli, Glenn Scimonelli and Angela Myers, all of Columbia, and Don Scimonelli of Bowie; a sister; a brother; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Anne E. Kaufman Barrett Girl Scout Official
Anne Elisabeth Kaufman Barrett, 74, former president of the Girl Scouts in the Far East and a member of the board of the Military Wives Association of Washington, died of cancer May 19 at her home in Annapolis. She had lived in the Washington area off and on since the early 1950s.
Mrs. Barrett was a native of the Netherlands who immigrated to the United States as a young woman. She attended the University of California at Los Angeles.
Her first husband, Marine Corps Lt. Roscoe F. Good Jr., was killed in action in Korea in 1951.
She later accompanied her second husband, Marine Corps officer James B. Barrett, to postings in France, Germany and Japan, where she was Girl Scout president.
Mrs. Barrett was also a volunteer with the Navy Relief Society and the American Red Cross. Her interests included gardening and flower arranging.
In addition to her husband, a retired colonel, survivors include two children from her first marriage, Roxanne Good Powell of Crofton and R. Fletcher Good IV of Elkin, N.C.; a son from her second marriage, Christopher B. Barrett of Logan, Utah; a brother; 14 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.