THE JUNE 19 OBITUARY ABOUT RODOLPHE J.S. DE SEIFE MISSTATED THE UNIVERSITY FROM WHICH HE RECEIVED HIS LAW DEGREE. IT WAS CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY. THE OBITUARY ON RICHARD AND DIANE SAYRE, PUBLISHED JUNE 19, INCORRECTLY REPORTED WHERE THE TWO FIRST MET AND THE RESIDENCE OF A SURVIVING BROTHER. THEY MET IN WINDSOR, ONTARIO; DIANE SAYRE'S BROTHER, GEORGE PRINGLE, LIVES IN KINGSVILLE, ONTARIO. (PUBLISHED 06/20/98)
Donald W. Luchsinger Agriculture Official
Donald W. Luchsinger, 62, a veterinarian who retired last year as associate administrator of the Agriculture Department's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, died of cancer June 12 at a hospital in Minneapolis.
Dr. Luchsinger, who was in Minneapolis for cancer treatment, moved to Burgess, Va., last year from Fairfax.
He began his government career in 1961 with Minnesota field office of the Agriculture Department and later worked in field offices in Indiana, Ohio and elsewhere. His research included studies of diseases such as brucellosis, tuberculosis and hog cholera.
From 1973 to 1977, he was a scientific adviser and project manager to the Pan American Health Organization.
He moved to Washington in 1988 to be an animal health adviser to the Agency for International Development and rejoined Agriculture two years later to be deputy administrator of the inspection service for international services.
Dr. Luchsinger was a Minnesota native and a graduate of Macalester College. He received a master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Luchsinger of Burgess; three sons, Daniel of Arlington, Thomas of Monterey, Mexico, and James of Denver; his mother, Lucille Luchsinger of Quarterville, Calif.; a sister; and two grandchildren. G. Neil Degnan Real Estate Broker
G. Neil Degnan, 59, a Washington area real estate broker, sales agent and office manager, died June 17 at the Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte after a heart attack. A resident of Bethesda, he was en route to Naples, Fla., when stricken June 16.
Mr. Degnan was born in Washington and graduated from Gonzaga College High School. He attended Georgetown University and graduated from George Washington University. As a young man, he was a brother at the Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Va.
Later he began a career in real estate with Frank S. Phillips Inc. In 1981, he was Washington Realtor of the Year, while serving as office manager of Begg Inc. At his death, Mr. Degnan was with the Georgetown-based firm of Begg Long & Foster.
He participated in several Catholic organizations and activities in the Washington area.
His marriage to Bobbi Collins Degnan ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, David A. Degnan of New York and Michael F. Degnan of Bethesda; two sisters, Jeanne Degnan Forte of Washington and Barbara D. Bonner of Ormond Beach, Fla. John H. Martin Falls Church Sheriff
John H. Martin, 76, who resigned as Falls Church sheriff in 1992 amid accusations of racism and sexual harassment, died of an aortic aneurysm May 23 at a hospital in Palm Harbor, Fla. He moved to Palm Harbor last year.
The Front Royal, Va., native was appointed part-time city sergeant in Falls Church in 1962, serving court papers at night and working as a steamfitter by day. After the post of sheriff was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1972, he ran unopposed until the early 1980s. The sheriff is responsible for providing security at the city courthouse and transporting city prisoners to jails outside the city.
Mr. Martin gave up steamfitting work in 1980 to devote full time to the sheriff's post. His resignation came after several women, including a deputy and a prisoner, accused him of sexual harassment. Two deputies also quit, alleging that Mr. Martin directed a racial slur against an African American man being held in custody.
Mr. Martin was a member of Arlington Temple United Methodist Church, Steamfitters Local 602, the Falls Church Lions Club, and the Elks and Moose lodges.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, former Falls Church treasurer Eulalia B. Martin of Palm Harbor; two children, John Wayne Martin of Ashburn and Dianne M. Hudson of Kailua, Hawaii; a brother; and two sisters. Hugh Craig Editor
Hugh Craig, 69, a former editor at The Washington Post, died of coronary vascular disease June 1 at his home in Arlington. He had suffered a stroke in 1997.
Mr. Craig began his career in journalism in 1954 as a reporter and copy editor at the Allentown Call-Chronicle in Pennsylvania. In 1957, he came to Washington and joined the news staff at The Post. From 1960 to 1970, he was an editor in the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal, then returned to The Post, where he was congressional editor and retired in 1987.
During his career in journalism, Mr. Craig also edited books, including a novel by journalist Les Whitten, "Moon of the Wolf," which was later made into a movie for ABC television. He also edited a biography of lawyer F. Lee Bailey, written by Whitten.
In retirement, Mr. Craig continued doing freelance editing.
He was born in New Jersey and served in the Navy from 1946 to 1948. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1951, then was recalled for another year of Navy service during the Korean War.
His marriage to Betty Craig ended in divorce.
Survivors include three children, Kathleen Taylor of Loganville, Ga., Carol Madeen of Durango, Colo., and Hugh W. Craig of Santa Fe, N.M. Evelyn W. Muzyk Volunteer
Evelyn W. Muzyk, 81, a volunteer with social services organizations for the mentally ill, died of kidney failure June 14 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. A former longtime Bethesda resident, she had lived at Knollwood in Washington since 1991.
Mrs. Muzyk was active in Threshold Services Inc., a nonprofit organization in Silver Spring that provides housing and counseling services to the mentally ill and of which her husband, retired Army Col. Alexander Muzyk, had been a co-founder. She also was a volunteer at the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Montgomery County, Georgetown University Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital.
She was a native of Rye, N.Y., and a graduate of the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, N.Y. After several years as a social worker in New York City, she accompanied her husband to military posts in Japan, Korea and Germany. She first came to the Washington area in the early 1950s.
Her husband died in 1989.
Survivors include four children, George A. Muzyk of Germantown, Kenneth J. Muzyk of Silver Spring, Carol H. Kaylor of Spokane, Wash., and Christine Disher of Mission Viejo, Calif.; a sister; and five grandchildren. John C. Jack' Dempsey Jr. Systems Engineer
John C. "Jack" Dempsey Jr., 47, a systems engineer and partner in the consulting firm Semper Technology Inc. in Chantilly, died of hepatitis June 15 at Washington Hospital Center.
Mr. Dempsey, who lived in Reston since 1979, was a native of New London, Conn. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and served six years in the Navy, including as a nuclear engineer aboard a nuclear attack submarine.
After resigning from the Navy in 1979, he worked for several Washington area consulting firms as a nuclear systems engineer, then helped form Semper Technologies in 1990.
At the Naval Academy, he ran track and cross-country and was a member of the Drum and Bulge Corps. He remained an avid and competitive runner, having participated in more than 25 marathons. He was past president of the National Capital Track Club of Washington.
Survivors include his father, John C. Dempsey Sr. of Higganum, Conn.; two brothers; and three sisters. Martin Thomas Tim' Wilbourne Sales Representative
Martin Thomas "Tim" Wilbourne, 76, a former Alexandria resident and retired Texaco Inc. sales representative and lubrication engineer, died of complications of heart disease June 16 at his home in Norfolk.
Mr. Wilbourne was born in Roanoke and raised in Salem, Va. He served in the Navy in Papua, New Guinea, during World War II, then began a career with Texaco in 1946. By 1964, he was transferred to Texaco's Fairfax office and continued to work as a commercial sales representative and lubrication engineer. He retired in 1978.
He was a member of Nativity Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
His interests included woodworking and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Eleanor C. Wilbourne of Norfolk; two children, Jim Wilbourne of Roanoke and Charlie Davey of Norfolk; a sister; three brothers; and two grandchildren. Rodolphe J.A. de Seife Law Professor
Rodolphe J.A. de Seife, 72, a law professor at the University of Northern Illinois who had been a federal and private lawyer in Washington, died of a heart attack June 7 at the home of a daughter in Swarthmore, Pa.
Mr. de Seife was born in Egypt. He served in the British army there during World War II. He moved to the United States in 1947 and received a law degree at Columbia University. He later received a master's degree in law at George Washington University.
He served as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.
Mr. de Seife worked for the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Justice Department in the 1950s. He taught at the University of West Virginia from 1972 to 1978, when he moved to De Kalb, Ill.
Mr. de Seife devoted a year to raising money to help relocate an Eqyptian monument that would have been inundated when the Aswan Dam was completed.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria de Seife of Chevy Chase; four children, Alix Small of Newton, Mass., Gabrielle de Seife of Silver Spring, Suzanne de Seife of Swarthmore and Rodolphe C. de Seife of Marlborough, Mass.; and seven grandchildren. Richard M. Sayre Agriculture Official Diane Sayre Volunteer
Richard M. Sayre, 70, and his wife, Diane, 65, a College Park couple who drowned in the Pacific Ocean when the cruise ship they were on sunk near the Galapagos Islands this month, had worked and been volunteers in the Washington area since 1965.
The 70-foot motor vessel carrying 15 people capsized June 10. Ecuadorean authorities recovered Mrs. Sayre's body, but Dr. Sayre remains missing and is presumed dead.
The two met in Windsor, British Columbia, during the late 1950s. At the time, Dr. Sayre, a pioneer in the study of microscopic worms called nematodes, was a scientist with the Canadian Department of Agriculture, and she was a secondary school teacher. They married in 1962 and moved to Beltsville three years later.
He then began a 29-year career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and became known for his work on preserving nematodes in liquid nitrogen and research on a bacterial parasite of nematodes.
Dr. Sayre, who was born in Hillsboro, Ore., received a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in botany from Oregon State University. He received a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Nebraska, then worked several years in Canada.
He wrote a biography of Nathan A. Cobb, widely considered the father of American nematology, the branch of science that deals with nematodes. "Phytopathology: Portfolio of Nathan A. Cobb, Nematologist" was published in 1994.
During his career, he attended numerous international conferences that developed his fondness for traveling, relatives said. Dr. Sayer and his wife toured Europe and Australia among other places after his retirement in 1995.
He also was a member of the Toastmaster's Club and a volunteer guide at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Station.
Mrs. Sayre, a native of Windsor, graduated from Patterson Collegiate Institute and the University of Western Ontario. During her years in the Washington area, she was a member of Riverdale Presbyterian Church in College Park and worked as its office secretary. She was active in one of the church's outreach programs, Side Door Coffee House, and a member of the Pearle Custis Memorial Hand Bell Choir.
She was a volunteer with the University of Maryland Concert Society and the Red Cross.
Survivors include their daughter, Janet Sayre of Chicago. Dr. Sayre is also survived by a brother, former ambassador to Uruguay, Panama and Brazil, Robert M. Sayre of Falls Church; and two sisters, Dorothy Witteman of Portland, Ore., and Emily Marston of Gresham, Ore. Mrs. Sayre is also survived by a brother, George Pringle of Kingsville, British Columbia. Mary F.H. Mady' Barnes Librarian
Mary Frances Hatfield "Mady" Barnes, 79, an assistant librarian at the main Fairfax County library in the 1960s, died of kidney failure June 15 at a hospital in Orlando. She moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., from Fairfax in 1970.
Mrs. Barnes was a native of Winchester, Tenn., who moved to the Washington area in 1940. She was an administrative assistant at the U.S. Forest Service until 1952.
She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Takoma Park and Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax and the Country Club of Fairfax. She was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts.
Her husband, Leroy R. Barnes, died in September.
Survivors include a son, Leroy R. "Bob" Barnes Jr. of Fairfax; a brother; and two grandchildren.