Eleanor Mason Smith Gaud

Cathedral Docent

Eleanor Mason Smith Gaud, 90, who served as a docent at Washington National Cathedral, died June 29 at her home in Bethesda after a stroke.

Mrs. Gaud was born in New York and graduated from Bryn Mawr College.

In 1960, she moved to the Washington area from Greenwich, Conn., with her husband, William Steen Gaud, who was the first administrator of the Agency for International Development. He died in 1977.

While serving as a cathedral docent, Mrs. Gaud also was chairman of the Washington chapter of the National Cathedral Association and a member of its board of trustees. She was a member of the Altar Guild at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington.

Survivors include a daughter, Anne Gaud Tinker of Bethesda; and two granddaughters.

Sylvia Brewen Walters


Sylvia Brewen Walters, 62, an assistant in state aid for special education with the Prince George's County public schools, died of ovarian cancer June 29 at her home in Rose Haven.

She began teaching disabled students in 1988 and was assigned to Kettering Elementary School and a school in Clinton.

Mrs. Walters was born in Easton, Pa. She attended Prince George's Community College and was a magna cum laude graduate of Bowie State University, where she also received a master's degree in special education.

Mrs. Walters had worked in retail advertising at the Washington Star and had a direct mail advertising business with her husband called Ad-Vantage Advertising of Southern Maryland.

She was a volunteer with the Special Olympics, an adviser to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a study on older Down's syndrome adults and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in North Beach.

Her marriage to William Tate ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Gerald E. Walters of Rose Haven; three children from her first marriage, Billy R. Tate and Allison Tate O'Hanlon, both of Annapolis, and Robert Tate of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and a sister.

Juan De Dios Pozo-Olano


Juan De Dios Pozo-Olano, 58, a neurophysiologist who founded and operated a health care services provider that worked primarily in developing countries, died of cancer June 21 at George Washington University Hospital. He had homes in Washington and McLean.

Dr. Pozo-Olano, a native of Peru, worked as a biologist in Lima before receiving a medical degree from the Sorbonne and a master's degree in public health from Harvard University.

Dr. Pozo-Olano, a former director of the Massachusetts Medicaid Program, came to Washington in 1976 to start Health Services International, which received government contracts to provide primary health care in developing countries. He retired in 1995.

He was a member of St. Mathews Catholic Cathedral and Holy Trinity Catholic Church, both in Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Teresita Pozo-Olano and their two children, Juan Jr. and Jean-Jacques, all of McLean; and two grandchildren.

Mary Bryn Winslow Sisson

Washington Native

Mary Bryn Winslow Sisson, 64, a Washington native and wife of a Navy officer, died of cancer June 28 at her home in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Mrs. Sisson was a 1952 graduate of Sidwell Friends School. She attended Bryn Mawr College and Stanford University.

After her marriage in 1954 to Thomas Upton Sisson, a Navy ensign who later retired as a captain, she accompanied him to Navy bases in the continental United States and Hawaii. She also accompanied him to Paris, where he was a Naval attache. There, she entertained dignitaries from the diplomatic corps and the U.S. and French navies.

After her husband's military retirement, she lived in Rehoboth Beach and Paris, where she did research for a historical novel set in the south of France and retraced her father's service in France with the U.S. Army Sixth Engineers during World War I.

Her interests included designing and making tapestries.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three sons, Edward H. Sisson of Chevy Chase, Thomas W. Sisson of Portola Valley, Calif., and Patterson B. Sisson of West Haven, Conn.; two sisters, Laura Winslow of Chevy Chase and Catherine Priest of Rehoboth Beach; and seven grandchildren.

Charles Haines Bussmann


Charles Haines Bussmann, 75, the founder, president and chief executive of a publishing company specializing in oceanography, died June 28 at his home in Arlington of prostate cancer and pulmonary fibrosis.

In 1963, Mr. Bussmann created Compass Publications Inc. in Arlington. The company publishes Sea Technology magazine, Sea Technology buyers guide directory, Washington Letter of Oceanography, Commercial Fisheries News, Fish Farming News and Marine Performance News. He was president and chief executive of the organization until his death.

He was born in Pittsburgh, served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and attended Colgate University. After college, he worked for Texaco Inc. in New York and then was executive vice president and director of Pit and Quarry Publications Inc. in Cleveland.

Mr. Bussmann was a charter member of the Marine Technology Society and a charter member of the National Ocean Industries Association. He was a former chairman of the government/business science and technology information committee of American Business Press Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Judith Turner Bussmann of Arlington; two children, Charles Amos of Arlington and Debra Obrock of Cleveland; and five grandchildren.

Albert Joseph Zamaitis


Albert Joseph Zamaitis, 78, a retired bricklayer who worked on construction jobs throughout the metropolitan area, died of prostate cancer June 29 at his home in Oxon Hill.

Mr. Zamaitis was born in Brockton, Mass. During World War II, he was an Army cook, and he served in Germany and the Netherlands.

He settled in the Washington area after the war and began working as a bricklayer. Over the course of his career, he had worked for a variety of employers. He retired about 15 years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Beatrice Broyles Zamaitis of Oxon Hill; five children, Edward Zamaitis of Golden Beach, Joseph Zamaitis of League City, Tex., Robert Zamaitis of Colorado Springs, Ruth Davis of Bowie and Virginia Zamaitis of Waldorf; six siblings; and six grandchildren.

Helen Edmonston Rowe

Teacher, Secretary

Helen Edmonston Rowe, 89, a former Montgomery County teacher and school secretary, died June 21 at Suburban Hospital after a heart attack

Mrs. Rowe, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Chicago, where she studied English and French. After teaching high school in Cumberland, Md., she moved to Washington in 1935.

She was a secretary at the Pan American Union before World War II, then left the work force to raise a family.

In the 1960s, she went back to work as a traveling teacher of French in Montgomery County's Foreign Language in Elementary Schools program.

She also taught at Broome Junior High School and at the Maret School in Washington. She was a school secretary in the 1970s. She retired in 1975.

She was a member of Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda.

Her first husband, J. Harvey Edmonston, died in 1966. Her marriage to Walter Rowe ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children from her first marriage, David Edmonston of Cabin John, Olive Wallace of Takoma Park and Lois Karlin of Warwick, N.Y.; one brother; and five grandchildren.

Arthur Kranish


Arthur Kranish, 71, an independent journalist who specialized in science, energy, the environment and social and cultural trends, died of heart ailments June 28 at Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Kranish was a reporter for the International News Service from 1951 to 1958, and in that capacity, he covered the Justice Department, the House of Representatives and federal courts. He also wrote about the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg cases, the Alger Hiss case and the development of the polio vaccine.

When INS merged with United Press in 1958, Mr. Kranish became an independent journalist. He founded Trends Publishing Co. and the newsletters Science Trends, Environment Report and Energy Today. One of his favorite methods of gathering news was to mine obscure government reports and documents for items of information missed by other journalists.

For many years, he covered developments in the space program. In recent years, he used the Internet extensively in his reporting, and within the last year, he had established an online bookselling business with his wife.

He was born in New York, graduated from Syracuse University and served 18 months in the Army. For the last 48 years, he had lived in Chevy Chase.

Survivors include his wife, Allye Kranish of Chevy Chase; four children, Clif Kranish of South Orange, N.J., Steven Kranish of Beverly, Mass., Michael Kranish of Silver Spring and Erica Wheeler of Florence, Mass.; and four grandchildren.