Michael Noel Teague

Public Relations Executive

Michael Noel Teague, 66, a former public relations executive, author and photographer who retired in 1997 after about 10 years as secretary of the American Portuguese Society in New York City, was found dead June 29 at his home in Washington.

The D.C. medical examiner's office determined that he died of wounds to the arteries on his wrists and ruled his death a suicide.

Mr. Teague, a Washington resident since 1963, commuted to New York during his years with the society, where he helped foster cultural exchange programs between the United States and Portugal.

Earlier, he worked in Washington as a public relations consultant and as a vice president for the firm of Downs & Roosevelt. He also wrote the book "Mrs. L.: Conversations with Alice Roosevelt Longworth," a memoir on the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt.

Mr. Teague, a son of British parents, was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and spent much of his early childhood in India, Palestine and South Africa.

As a young man, he studied at Oxford University and taught English in Brazil.

His interest in colonial architecture led him in the late 1950s to retrace the routes of the great Portuguese explorers along the coastlines of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

Photographs taken during the trip were later part of an exhibit at the National Gallery and were reproduced in a book by a foundation in Lisbon.

Survivors include a sister and a brother.

Thomas W. Baxter

Photo Interpreter

Thomas W. Baxter, 79, a retired photo interpreter with the Office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland, died July 11 at his home in District Heights.

Mr. Baxter, who had lived in the Washington area since 1960, was born in Scotland and raised in New Jersey.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1940 and served during World War II aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

Later assignments included work in electronics. He was a photo interpreter in Suitland when he retired from active duty in 1960 as a chief petty officer.

Mr. Baxter remained at Suitland, as a civilian photo interpreter, until retiring again in 1977. From the early 1970s to the early 1980s, he also was an usher at RFK Stadium. He worked Washington Senators and Washington Redskins games.

For the last 17 years, he had been a volunteer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and was a recipient of its "volunteer of the year" award.

Mr. Baxter, a 32nd-degree Mason, was a member of District Heights Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of District Heights; a son, Thomas, of Chantilly; two daughters, Sandi Baxter of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Pattie Madden of White Plains, Md.; and three grandchildren.

Kathryn MacMorris McCreary


Kathryn MacMorris McCreary, 77, a former teacher and driver's license examiner, died July 13 at Belvoir Woods Health Care Center. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. McCreary, a former resident of Arlington, was born in Baltimore. She was a graduate of the University of Maryland.

She taught elementary school in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as a young woman and accompanied her husband to Army posts that included Munich.

She taught in the elementary school of St. John's Catholic Church in McLean from 1968 to 1974.

Mrs. McCreary administered road and written exams for drivers at the Baileys Crossroads office of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles from 1974 to 1987.

She was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi social sorority.

Her husband, Col. William Harold McCreary, died in 1956. Two children predeceased her, Melissa Anne McCreary in 1954 and William Harold McCreary in 1986.

Survivors include a daughter, Victoria McCreary-Levay of Arlington, and a sister, Roberta M. Gunn of Alexandria.

Lorena McDonald Graumann

Church Member

Lorena McDonald Graumann, 98, a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring, died July 5 at Raphael House in Rockville after a stroke.

As a young woman, Mrs. Graumann was a secretary for Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. in her native Alexandria.

Her husband, Raymond L. Graumann, died in 1974.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara O'Connell of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Teresa Elliott of Potomac; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.