Jean Muir Orme
Jean Muir Orme, 69, a retired investments adviser who lived in Montgomery County for more than 50 years, died of complications of cancer June 25 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Gaithersburg.
Mrs. Orme, who had homes in Gaithersburg and her native Midland, Md., began her career in 1948 with the Kensington branch of Farmers Banking and Trust, now the First National Bank of Maryland.
Before retiring in 1988, she worked as a bookkeeper, teller and investments adviser.
She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, where she engaged in a variety of activities.
Her husband, Charles "Lindy" Orme, died in 1995.
Survivors include six sisters, Beatrice Ambrose of Gaithersburg, Betty Hartz of Frackville, Pa., Annabelle Yommer of Boonsboro, Md., Hazel Fletcher of Damascus, Lillian Gilbert of Derwood and Janet Harding of Jefferson, Md.; and two brothers, James Gordon Muir of Rockville and Robert Muir of Monrovia, Md.
John H. Conroy
Consultant and Rec Leader
John H. Conroy, 80, an environmental consultant and former economic development adviser who was also a senior adult program leader with the Arlington County Recreation Department for 20 years, died of a heart attack June 29 at his Arlington home.
Mr. Conroy was born in Atlantic City. He was a graduate of Cornell University, and he served in the Army during World War II.
He began his federal career with the Agriculture Department as a plant inspector at the port of New York. He later was an Agriculture inspector in the Virgin Islands.
He joined the Agency for International Development in 1956. He was posted as a rural and economic development adviser to what is now Bangladesh and was also assigned to Iran, Tunisia and Senegal. He moved to Washington in 1966 to work in the AID office of personnel. He joined the Office of Economic Opportunity that year to work on community action programs.
Mr. Conroy left OEO in 1972, became a consultant and went to work for Arlington County the next year. He retired in 1993.
Mr. Conroy was a member of the Ecological Society of America, the American Foreign Service Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Secular Franciscan Order, the Knights of Columbus and St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington. He represented the church on the Interfaith Council of Arlington and was a director of the Housing Opportunities Council of Metropolitan Washington and chairman of the housing committee of the Northern Virginia Center for Social Development.
His first wife, Florence Deller Conroy, died in 1979.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Garrahan Conroy of Arlington; three children from his first marriage, Linda Conroy of Maplewood, N.J., John Conroy Jr. of Arlington and Alison Conroy of Lake Ridge; four stepchildren; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.
Charles Ross Beatty Sr.
Charles Ross Beatty Sr., 79, a World War II Navy veteran who later became an aerospace engineer with the Naval Air Systems Command, died of a heart ailment June 25 at Potomac Hospital.
Mr. Beatty, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Seneca, S.C. His Navy service included participation in the Battle of Midway, where he was wounded while serving as a rear gunner aboard a torpedo plane. He also participated in combat operations at the Battle of the Coral Sea and in the Solomons.
He was aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown when the ship had to be abandoned after being severely damaged.
He received a Purple Heart.
After the war, Mr. Beatty worked for the Naval Air Systems Command in Rhode Island. He transferred to the Washington area in 1969. He retired in 1979 after 40 years of federal service.
He was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Annandale.
His wife of 55 years, Evelyn Beatty, died in 1998, and a son, Charles Ross Beatty Jr., died in 1979.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna Elizabeth Beatty of Alexandria; and a sister.
Ethel Waters Jacobs
Centenarian and Secretary
Ethel Waters Jacobs, 104, who was secretary to the principal of Gaithersburg High School for 22 years before her retirement in 1956, died June 30 at Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg after a stroke.
Mrs. Jacobs was born in Washington. In her childhood, she lived in Washington and Baltimore. She settled in Gaithersburg in 1909.
She was the oldest living member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg. She had served on the church's board of trustees and as president of its Woman's Society of Christian Service. She was a charter member of the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Garden Club.
She graduated from Strayer Business College in Washington, and she was a secretary in a Rockville law office. From 1916 to 1924, she was secretary to Edwin W. Broome, the Montgomery County school superintendent.
With her husband, Merle T. Jacobs, Mrs. Jacobs traveled the United States, the Caribbean and Western Europe. He died in 1984.
Survivors include two children, Ann Goodson of Olympia Fields, Ill., and Charles T. Jacobs of Gaithersburg; a brother, George Ellsworth Waters of Southbury, Conn.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Bob Rosen, 74, a Rockville resident who retired in 1994 after 46 years as a furniture manufacturer's representative, died of cancer June 30 at Washington Hospice.
Mr. Rosen, a native of Philadelphia, had lived in Rockville since the late 1960s and the Washington area since 1956.
He served in the Navy on detach service from the Marine Corps during World War II and participated in the Iwo Jima campaign in the Pacific.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Harriette Rosen of Rockville; two daughters, Cheryl Fleming and Robyn Silbey, both of Gaithersburg; and three grandchildren.
Daniel Kenneth Chacey
Daniel Kenneth Chacey, 93, who retired from the Department of the Army in 1973 as a special assistant for transportation engineering, died June 28 at Fauquier Hospital after a stroke.
Mr. Chacey, who lived in Remington, was born in Topeka, Kan. He graduated from Northern Ohio University. Before World War II, he was a regional traffic and safety engineer in Ohio.
During World War II, he served in the Army as a transportation officer. After the war, he settled in Washington as a civilian transportation specialist with the Army.
He received Meritorious and Exceptional Civilian Service awards.
His wife, Lou Chacey, died in 1978.
Survivors include three children, Kenneth Chacey of Gaithersburg, Allan Chacey of Arlington and Connie Helm of Remington; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Jules Sinton Renaud
Trade Show Manager
Jules Sinton Renaud, 85, a former forester who retired in 1975 as an overseas trade show producer and exhibitor with the Agriculture Department, died June 30 at Mount Vernon Nursing Center. He had dementia.
Mr. Renaud was a native of Keokuk, Iowa, and a graduate of Iowa State University. He had a master's degree in public relations from American University.
He began his career as a forester with the railroad industry and later worked for the Forest Service. He joined the Soil Conservation Service in Colorado in 1947 and then was an information officer in New Mexico and Washington. He produced a weekly television program for the department's information service.
He was a contributor to the Handbook of Public Relations, a member of the vestry at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, a volunteer with the Kiwanis Club and Meals on Wheels and a docent with the National Air and Space Museum.
His first wife, Mary Lee Renaud, died in 1980.
Survivors include his wife of nine years, Mary Blackburn Renaud of Alexandria; three children from his first marriage, Jules Lee Renaud of Vancouver, Wash., Jean Altemeyer of Winnipeg and Christopher A. Renaud of New Delhi; a stepdaughter, Luci Blackburn Riles of Alexandria; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Dorothy Eblen Yacuoby
Dorothy Eblen Yacuoby, 70, who taught English as a second language and other courses at Commonwealth College, Strayer University and the Fairfax County schools adult education program, died June 25 at Reston Hospital Center. She had suffered strokes and had injured her head in an accidental fall at her Reston home June 23.
Mrs. Yacuoby was a native of Louisville who lived and taught in the Middle East before settling in the Washington area in the early 1960s. She was a secretary in the advertising department of the Washington Star and a researcher and cataloguer at the Library of Congress. From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, she was a travel agent for VIP Travel, the American Automobile Association and the Mark Mosley firm.
After receiving her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, she taught courses in history, English, Spanish and French.
She was a volunteer with Smithsonian Associates and a member of the National Audubon Society.
Her marriage to Shahin Yacuoby ended in divorce.
Survivors include four children, Ray Yacuoby of Acton, Mass., David Yacuoby of Reston, Shireen Hubbard of Okinawa and Doreen Albertson of Herndon; a sister; two brothers; and six grandchildren.
James Winston Nalls
James Winston Nalls, 84, a retired electronics and materials engineering consultant, died of congestive heart failure June 30 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Nalls was born in Alexandria and raised in the District. He was a graduate of Eastern High School and Georgetown University. He was a manager in his family's iron foundry in Alexandria before World War II. He worked for the War Production Board during the war.
He was a consultant for more than 40 years to the defense and aerospace industry.
Mr. Nalls was a deacon and elder at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington, where he was also superintendent of the church school. He was a member of the American Ordnance Association and the Society of Old Crows.
His wife, Annette Magill Nalls, died in 1990.
Survivors include five children, James W. Nalls Jr. and Charles H. Nalls, both of Silver Spring, Patricia Ann Dixon of Cary, N.C., Mary Lou Baden of Edgewater, Md., and Janet E. Nazarian of Washington; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.