John Paul Gnagey

Math Teacher

John Paul Gnagey, 51, who retired in 1997 after 20 years as a math teacher at Dunloggin Middle School in Ellicott City, died of cancer July 17 at the Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson, Md.

At Dunloggin, he was department head of the math team and helped in designing the renovations for the school's facility.

Mr. Gnagey, who lived in Ellicott City for the past 21 years, was a native of Meyersdale, Pa.

He graduated and received a master's degree in elementary education administration from what is now California University of Pennsylvania. He received a second master's degree, in elementary education, from Duquesne University.

He taught for three years in Redwood, Pa., and spent six years as a teacher of gifted and talented students in Somerset County, Pa., before coming to the Washington area in 1978.

He was a member of Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville, the Maryland State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Judith Simmons Gnagey, and their two sons, William S. and Andrew J., all of Ellicott City; his parents, William D. and Pauline M. Gnagey of Meyersdale; a brother; and a sister.

Dick Levine


Dick Levine, 69, a retired newspaper reporter who had been active in volunteer work in the Washington area, died July 5 at his home in Washington after a heart attack.

He came to Washington in the late 1970s and worked for the Washington Times in the 1980s. He also had been a volunteer in such causes as the preservation of Eastern Market and in opposing the death penalty.

Mr. Levine, who was born in West Rutland, Vt., was a 1953 graduate of the University of Vermont. He had served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a journalist in New York and New England before joining the Baltimore Sun in 1963.

During his five-year tour with the Sun, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a 1964 series he did on police corruption.

In the early 1970s, he moved to Durham, N.H., where for a time he edited Publick Occurences, a weekly newspaper.

His wife, the former Barbara Davis, died in 1967. Survivors include two daughters, Jody Lehrer and Abby Levine, both of Weymouth, Mass.; a brother; and a granddaughter.

Barbara Charlesworth Coy

Medical Receptionist

Barbara Charlesworth Coy, 47, who in the late 1980s worked as a medical receptionist and office manager for a pediatrician, died July 14 at her home in Falls Church. She had diabetes and lupus.

Mrs. Coy, who was born in Atlanta, grew up in Falls Church, where she graduated from George Mason High School. She attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and studied nutrition at Northern Virginia Community College.

She lived in Oakton for about 15 years before returning to her childhood home in Falls Church in the early 1990s.

Her marriage to George J. Coy III ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Mary Anne Coy of Chantilly and Brian Christopher Coy of Falls Church; and her parents, Robert and Grace Charlesworth of Falls Church.

Harry E. Wolf

Navy Physicist

Harry Edward Wolf, 87, a retired Navy civilian physicist who had been a wine consultant for the last 25 years, died of brain cancer July 17 at his home of six weeks at Manor Care in Bethesda. He had lived in Columbia since 1971.

Mr. Wolf came to Washington and began his civilian Navy career in 1942. Until retiring in 1976, he worked for what became the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in the White Oak area of Silver Spring. Over the years, he led units working on projects involving magnetic mines and depth charges.

He traveled the world working on technical Navy projects, including a stint in Turkey, where he helped map the Sea of Marmora to plan for possible minefields that would block the Soviet Black Sea Fleet in time of war.

He received the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

As a wine consultant, Mr. Wolf advised area shops on their purchases and contributed articles to the Journal of the American Wine Society.

In the 1950s and 1960s, he taught mathematics at the University of Maryland's university college. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he taught wine courses through the Towson State University extension division.

Mr. Wolf was a physics graduate of Reed College in his native Portland, Ore., and received a master's degree in physics from the University of Maryland.

He was a life member of the Washington Philosophical Society.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Virginia Simmons Wolf, and a son, Robert Peter Wolf, both of Bethesda; a daughter, Catherine W. Swan of Bloomfield, N.J.; and two grandchildren.