George S. Banning Jr. Physician
George S. Banning Jr., 73, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who had a private surgical practice in Hyattsville from 1967 to 1994, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 20 in Lanham at Doctors' Community Hospital, where he had once served as chief of surgery.
Dr. Banning, who lived in Stevensville, Md., was born in Washington and graduated from Coolidge High School. A graduate of Villanova University, he received his medical degree from Georgetown University and spent his surgical residency at Georgetown University Hospital.
He served in the Air Force for 20 years before retiring from active duty in 1967. Over the years, he had been a surgeon and hospital administrator in this country and Europe.
He was a member of the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons and the South East Surgical Society. His hobbies included golf, tennis and boating.
His marriage to the former Dee Anise Taylor ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, the former Nancy Scott, whom he married in 1976, and their three sons, Benjamin, Bryan and Joshua Banning, all of Stevensville; five children from his first marriage, George III, of Highland, Kevin Banning of Washington, Deborah Martin of Boulder, Colo., Danielle Ferguson of St. Paul, Ore., and Marc Banning of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; two stepchildren, Laura Green of Laurel and Michael Scott of Stevensville; a brother, Robert Banning Sr. of Arlington; and 10 grandchildren. Silas C. Vaughn Sr. D.C. Detective
Silas C. Vaughn Sr., 90, a retired D.C. police detective who was active in civic and volunteer organizations, died of heart ailments Nov. 18 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. A longtime District resident, he had lived in New Carrollton for the last three years.
Mr. Vaughn was a native of Leavenworth, Kan., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. He came to Washington in 1940. Three years later, he joined the D.C. police department.
After beginning his career as a uniformed officer, he became a detective and worked, among other places, in the Missing Persons and Special Investigations Division. He helped establish the Intelligence Division and worked there until his retirement in 1970.
He was an active member of the Retired Police Association and the Fellowship of Retired Police and Firemen. He served on the board of the Christian Community Group Homes, and he was a member of the D.C. Election Committee, Brookland Civic Association and the Pigskin Club of Washington. He also served on the educational committee of St. Anthony's Parish Council, and he was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Riverdale.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Marion F. Vaughn, and a son, Silas C. Vaughn Jr., both of New Carrollton; and three grandchildren. Maurice L. Rose Jr. WSSC Employee
Maurice L. Rose Jr., 76, who worked for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission from 1962 until retiring in 1984 as an administrative assistant, died of pneumonia and a heart ailment Nov. 20 at a nursing home in Annapolis. A former Silver Spring resident, he had lived in Annapolis since 1975.
Mr. Rose, who attended St. Francis Xavier College in his native Nova Scotia, was a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Europe during World War II. After the war, he was a goalie in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, including a stint with the NHL club.
He left Canada and came to this country and the Washington area in the early 1960s. He had played pro golf and taught golf in both Canada and this country.
Mr. Rose was a past president of the Robert Burns Society of Annapolis. His hobbies included travel and sailing.
His marriage to Leona Rose ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, the former Juliana Dieudonne, whom he married in 1962 and who lives in Annapolis; two daughters by his first marriage, Claire Caruk of St. Catherine, Ontario, and Julie Lusk of Kamloops, B.C.; two children by his second marriage, Mark C. Rose of Annapolis and Patricia R. Chitterling of Millersville, Md.; two brothers; two sisters; and six grandchildren. Betty Lyons Mills Business Owner
Betty Lyons Mills, 73, a former longtime Silver Spring resident who owned and operated Bookworm, a wholesale children's books business in Gaithersburg, for 18 years until her retirement in 1989, died Nov. 20 at a nursing home in Belfast, Maine. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Ms. Mills, who had a summer cottage near Belfast, was a native of Beckley, W.Va. She came to the Washington area when she was 16 years old. She attended Montgomery College and became an avid sailing enthusiast.
She was a member of the Maryland Yacht Club and the Goddard Space Flight Women's Club.
Her marriages to John Bluster and Scott A. Mills ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Doris Myers of Miami Beach and Rebecca Taylor of Markham; two children from her second marriage, Scott L. Mills of Freedom, Maine, and Laura Lovejoy of Belfast; two sisters; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. William T. Capers III Air Force Officer
William T. Capers III, 70, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who had done volunteer work at area homeless shelters and for the Northern Virginia Hotline, died Nov. 20 at Inova Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Alexandria.
Col. Capers, who had lived in the Washington area since 1996, was born in San Antonio. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland and received a master's degree in adult education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
He spent 23 years in the Air Force before retiring in 1978 on the staff of NORAD. He had flown planes, worked in international affairs at the Pentagon, and had been a public affairs officer. He served overseas in Europe and Latin America and had been an adviser to the Panamanian air force.
After retiring from active Air Force duty, he spent 15 years with the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond, retiring as its education director. Over the years, he also had been a court mediator in both Richmond and Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife, Susanna M., of Alexandria; three daughters, Rebekah J., Catherine A. and Melissa M. Capers, all of Austin; a stepson, Nick Traylor of Dayton, Ohio; and six grandchildren. Jean Angell Foreign Service Wife
Jean Angell, 78, a U.S. Foreign Service officer's widow and a former Washington stockbroker, died of multiple myeloma Nov. 18 at Georgetown University Hospital.
Mrs. Angell, a resident of Chevy Chase, was born in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
She moved to Washington in 1941 and was an administrative assistant at the British Embassy during World War II.
Later she accompanied her husband, Keith Earl Angell, on Foreign Service assignments to Paris, Haiti, Ecuador and the Philippines. He died in 1971. In Ecuador, she helped found a school in Quito.
From 1980 until 1992, Mrs. Angell was a stockbroker in Washington with Johnston Lemon and Janney Montgomery Scott.
Survivors include four children, Kenneth Angell and Cynthia Angell, both of Bethesda, Robert Angell of Sacramento and Craig Angell of Exton, Pa.; and two grandchildren. Laurene Danette Dyer Legal Secretary
Laurene Danette Dyer, 43, a legal secretary at the Bethesda law firm of Lerch, Early & Brewer since the mid-1980s, died of a brain aneurysm Nov. 18 at Shady Grove Hospital. She lived in Damascus.
Mrs. Dyer was born in Riverdale. She was a graduate of Paint Branch High School and attended Montgomery College.
She began her career with a law firm in Rockville.
Survivors include her husband, John Dyer, and two children, Katherine Dyer and Casey Dyer, all of Damascus; her parents, Charles and Doris Snyder, both of Burtonsville; a sister, Bonita Mullinax of Charleston, S.C.; and a brother, Charles Snyder Jr. of New Market, Md.