Mary R. `Molly' Monaghan

Curator and Researcher

Mary R. "Molly" Monaghan, 74, the assistant curator at the Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee in Alexandria and a former researcher with the Institute for Defense Analyses, died of heart ailments June 1 at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Monaghan was born in Philadelphia. She came to Washington as a WAVE in the Navy during World War II. She served five years in the Navy before leaving active duty to raise a family.

During the 1950s and 1960s, she did substitute teaching at Holy Family Elementary School in Hillcrest Heights, then became an assistant librarian at the Hillcrest Heights branch of the Prince George's public library and later at Prince George's Community College.

In the 1970s, she began working at the Institute for Defense Analyses as a researcher and remained there until 1989. In 1990, she became assistant curator at the Lee Boyhood Home. She was also a volunteer docent there. She was a Navy representative at funeral services at Arlington Cemetery, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and president of the Washington Area WAVES Association.

Her husband of 42 years, William T. "Tom" Monaghan, died in 1991.

Survivors include four daughters, Amy J. McDermott of Silver Spring, Meg Guessford of Suitland, Seana Gallagher of Alexandria and Siobhan Bixel of Conroe, Tex.; and a sister. A son, Tim Monaghan, died in 1985.

Frances Light Currie

Capitol Hill Aide

Frances Light Currie, 76, who retired in 1996 after 34 years as chief of staff to Rep. James H. Quillen (R-Tenn.), died of breast cancer June 5 at a medical center in College Station, Tex.

Mrs. Currie, who split her residence between Chevy Chase and Kingsport, Tenn., was in College Station for cancer treatment.

She began working for Quillen when he was a Tennessee businessman in the 1940s and continued as a member of his staff as he served in the Tennessee General Assembly in the 1950s and early 1960s. She came to Washington shortly after his election to the U.S. House of Representative in 1962.

She was a member of the Capitol Hill Republican Club, the House Administrative Assistance Association, the Capitol Hill Club and the Business and Professional Women's Club.

Her first husband, Thomas Henry Light, died in 1959, and her second husband, John Deane Currie, died in 1989.

Survivors include two daughters from her first marriage, Dr. Jennifer Light of Gainesville, Fla., and Dr. Gwendolyn Light Carroll of College Station; and two grandchildren.

Marie Jameson Cooper


Marie Jameson Cooper, a volunteer with organizations that included St. Mark's Catholic Church and school in Hyattsville, died of pneumonia June 5 at Holy Cross Hospital. It was her 82nd birthday. She had lived in Hyattsville since the 1950s.

Mrs. Cooper was a native of Boston and a mathematics graduate of Wellesley College.

During World War II, she did patent disclosure work for Harvard Radio Research Laboratory.

She also worked at the Washington Navy Yard and Airborne Instruments Laboratory in New York, where she was an antenna engineer.

Mrs. Cooper volunteered with the Wellesley Alumnae Club, the Woodlawn Dancing Class, the Women's Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra and Young People's Concerts, the College Park Inner Wheel, Rotary International and the Maryland International Friendship Families organization, which welcomes foreign students and their families to the University of Maryland.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, H. Warren Cooper III of Hyattsville; two sons, Robert Warren Cooper of Beltsville and Herbert Warren Cooper IV of Newton, Mass.; and two brothers. A daughter, Clarissa Marie Cooper, died in 1976.

Frances Bedell Chacos

NIH Officer

Frances Bedell Chacos, 78, who helped manage programs for the handicapped at the National Institutes of Health, died of a blood disorder June 6 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Chacos, who lived in Bethesda, was born in New Bern, N.C., and moved to Washington as a child.

She graduated from Central High School. During World War II, she was manager of a Red Cross office in Wilmington, N.C.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she worked at NIH.

She was a former president of the Kensington Business and Professional Women, and she helped establish the organization's scholarship fund. In 1985, she received the governor's citation as the business and professional woman of the year.

She was a 38-year parishioner of St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church in Bethesda.

She was a gardener and a bridge player. In recent years, she had a second home in Ocean City.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Louis G. Chacos of Bethesda; four children, Donald Chacos of Riva, Andrew Chacos of Darien, Conn., John Chacos of Severna Park and Mary Grace Chacos of Annapolis; and six grandchildren. A son, Peter Scott Chacos, died in 1955.