Joan L. Curcio

College Professor

Joan L. Curcio, 65, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Graduate Center, died of cancer July 7 at Hospice of Northern Virginia.

She began her career in the early 1970s as a teacher in Fairfax County public schools, then rose to department chairman and principal of Fairfax High School.

By the mid-1980s, she was working in Texas as assistant superintendent of schools in Corpus Christi.

Dr. Curcio was an expert in the field of legal and ethical issues in education.

She was an associate professor of educational administration at the University of Florida before joining the Northern Virginia center staff about five years ago.

She conducted research and wrote articles for professional journals on child abuse law, sexual harassment and teacher performance and evaluation.

She was also co-editor of the Journal for a Just and Caring Education.

Dr. Curcio was a native of New Brunswick, N.J., and a resident of Reston.

She received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from American University and a doctorate in educational administration from Virginia Tech.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Charles V. Curcio of Reston; two children, Chuck Curcio of Ashburn and Joan Curcio of Albany, N.Y.; a sister; and three grandchildren.

George John Wiggington

Painting Contractor

George John Wiggington, 69, a retired painting contractor, died of emphysema July 6 at his Chevy Chase home.

A Washington native, Mr. Wiggington graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He served in the Maryland National Guard in the early 1950s and was a Marine Corps reservist during the Korean War.

Mr. Wiggington apprenticed as a house painter with his father and took over the family contracting business in the 1960s. He retired in 1998.

Mr. Wiggington owned cattle farms in Frederick County and West Virginia.

He was a member of the National Speleological Society, Loyal Order of the Moose and genealogical societies.

His marriages to Lucy Young and Judy Coe ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Marilyn Hazel Mattingly Wiggington; three children from his third marriage, George L. Wiggington of Washington, Joseph C. Wiggington of Germantown and Hazel Marie Wiggington of Chevy Chase; three stepchildren, John H. Lewis of Shepherdstown, W.Va., Stephen R. Lewis of New York and D. Charlene Lucero of Indiana; and 11 grandchildren.

Helena M. Bratten

High School Assistant Principal

Helena M. Bratten, 58, a former social studies teacher who was an assistant principal at Mount Vernon High School for the last 14 years, died of cancer July 6 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. She lived in Annandale.

Ms. Bratten taught in Maine and Ohio before joining the staff at South Lakes High School in Reston. She worked in the Fairfax County school system's department of instructional services and was an administrator at West Springfield High School.

At Mount Vernon, Ms. Bratten most recently administered the social studies and foreign languages departments.

Ms. Bratten was born in Portsmouth, N.H., and raised in Bath, Maine. She graduated from the University of Maine and received a master's degree in education from Bowling Green University, where she also trained teachers to work with students with learning disabilities.

Her marriage to Bill Bratten ended in divorce.

Survivors include her parents, Wesley and Rita Marco of Bath; four brothers; and a sister.

Edward W. Dunn Jr.

Army Security Planner

Edward W. Dunn Jr., 72, a retired civilian security planner for the Army Materiel Command, died July 3 at Fairfax Hospital from cardiac arrest. He lived in Annandale.

Mr. Dunn was born in Astoria, N.Y., and was a graduate of Central High School. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Dunn's work for the Army included defense planning for four European countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.

After he retired in 1985, Mr. Dunn was a consultant for Norse Enterprises, promoting Norwegian products in the United States.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Barbara Dunn of Annandale; two children, Kevin Dunn of Seminole, Fla., and Bryan Dunn of Springfield; his mother, Susan Frances Dunn, and a brother, Thomas E. Dunn, both of Stafford, Va.;

Franklin W. Edson

Army Colonel

Franklin W. Edson, 78, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, died of renal failure July 1 at his home in Alexandria. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Col. Edson was born in Washington and raised in New York and Pennsylvania.

He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and also attended George Washington University.

Col. Edson served in Europe and Asia during World War II and received a Bronze Star. He also served in Korean and Vietnam during the wars there.

After he retired in 1970, Col. Edson worked an administrator for Heron-Todd Steel Construction in Alexandria.

He volunteered with the Boy Scouts.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Dorothy Edson; four children, Martha Edson of Oxon Hill, Michael Edson of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dorothy A. Ritter of Huntsville, Ala., Patricia Watson of Richmond; a brother, Milton Edson of Springfield; and nine grandchildren.

Louise Slesinger Hollander

Teacher and Tutor

Louise Slesinger Hollander, 89, a former teacher and tutor, died of lung cancer July 5 at her home in Washington.

She was a native of Baltimore who moved to the Washington area in 1934. In the 1930s, she helped lead demonstrations against merchants accused of anti-union practices. During the 1940s, she taught at Green Acres Nursery School in Rockville, and in the 1950s, she was a remedial tutor with Georgetown Day School.

Mrs. Hollander volunteered in Washington with the Key School PTA, Americans for Democratic Action and the Democratic Party.

Her husband, Edward D. Hollander, died in 1991.

Survivors include two children, Sidney Hollander of Chicago and Judith Pekarsky of Mill Valley, Calif.; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Donald M. Heizer

Securities Trader

Donald M. Heizer, 71, a former securities trader, died of a heart attack July 1 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. He lived in Prince Frederick, Md.

Mr. Heizer was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring. He attended Montgomery College. He served in the Navy in the Atlantic during World War II.

He began his career as a cashier with a brokerage firm in Washington and later worked for Johnston, Lemon Co. for more than 25 years. After he left the brokerage house in the late 1970s, he was a securities analyst for the National Association of Securities Dealers. He retired in the early 1990s and then was a real estate agent with O'Brien Realty in Prince Frederick.

He was president of the Securities Traders Association of Washington and a member of the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors and Calvert Small Business Referal, an organization of small businesses.

His marriage to Elena Heizer ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Nancy Heizer of Prince Frederick; his mother, Mary C. Young of Silver Spring; and a brother, Arthur "Pat" Heizer of Prince Frederick.

Hyman Kaplan


Hyman Kaplan, 82, who owned automotive upholstery, accessory and muffler businesses here with his brothers and nephew, died of a stroke July 3 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Kaplan, a Baltimore native, moved to the Washington area in the early 1940s. He served in the merchant marine in the Pacific during World War II.

His businesses over the years included Stuart's Automotive Upholstery, PermaLife Muffler and Paymer and Phillips automotive shops. He also invested in shopping centers and other real estate.

Mr. Kaplan was a member of the Progress Club and the Masons.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elaine Kaplan of Bethesda; a son, Bruce Kaplan; and five grandchildren.

A son, Sheldon Kaplan, died in 1988.