Joseph T. Forster


Joseph T. Forster, 95, a longtime District resident and retired Washington dentist, died of heart ailments July 21 at the Charter House in Silver Spring, a retirement home where he had lived for the last eight years.

Dr. Forster had a private practice at Fifth and Kennedy streets in Northwest Washington for more than 30 years until the late 1960s. He then worked a few years at his son's dental practice in Southwest Washington before retiring in the early 1970s.

Dr. Forster, a native of what is now Union City, N.J., attended New York University and received a degree in dentistry from Georgetown University.

He was a member of B'nai Israel Congregation in Washington and a life member of the D.C. Dental Society, the American Dental Association and the Alpha Omega dental fraternity.

His wife of 59 years, Sarah Sokolsky Forster, died 1990.

Survivors include three sons, Norman H., of Potomac, Stanley A., of Bethesda and William B., of Silver Spring; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Carlo A. Maggi


Carlo A. Maggi, 82, a freelance photographer who took pictures at the White House and at embassy functions and other social events, died July 20 at the Cherrydale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a heart attack. He had been living in Melbourne, Fla., since 1990 but returned to the Washington area for treatment.

Mr. Maggi's pictures appeared in Washington newspapers and magazines. He and Robert Striar published a monthly magazine, "Washington Illustrated," in the 1960s. After he retired from his independent photo news bureau 30 years ago, he was presidential campaign photographer for Hubert H. Humphrey.

Mr. Maggi was born in New York. He attended Cornell University and received a degree from the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. He served in the Army during World War II.

He began his Washington career in 1946 as a staff photographer for the U.S. Information Agency. He began his agency the next year.

His marriage to Gabriella Maggi Kennedy ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Carla Barbiero of McLean, and a granddaughter.

Brian L. Blades

Quest Systems Inc. Executive

Brian L. Blades, 59, a retired vice president of Quest Systems Inc., a Bethesda-based company that recruits people for information technology companies, died of lung cancer July 23 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

He joined Quest in the mid-1960s and served as a vice president from 1975 until retiring in 1995.

Mr. Blades was born in St. Louis and grew up in Bethesda. He was a 1958 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and a 1962 medieval history graduate of the University of Virginia, where he lettered in baseball and football and was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon social fraternity.

He worked for McGraw-Hill Books in New York and Dallas, specializing in computer science textbooks, before returning to the Washington area when he joined Quest.

Mr. Blades was a past president of Misanthropes and Curmudgeons International.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Bonnie Currie Blades, and a sister, Judith Hunt, both of Bethesda.

Donald E. Kling


Donald E. Kling, 69, a former District resident who worked as a bartender at the Quality Inn on Capitol Hill for about 25 years until 1997, died of cardiac arrest July 13 at a hospital in Glendora, Calif.

Mr. Kling, who was born in Iowa, lived 33 years in Washington before moving to California in 1997.

He served in the Army in 1947 and 1948 and was a past member of the D.C. Hotel and Restaurant Employee Local Union.

His marriages to Geraldine Kling Harris and Belva Kling Hrumeni ended in divorces.

Survivors include a son from his first marriage, John Harris of Beaverton, Ore.; three sisters; a brother; and two granddaughters.

Roberta V. Boyarsky

Administrative Aide

Roberta Virginia Boyarsky, 69, who had been an administrative aide with the Food and Drug Administration from 1977 until earlier this year, died of cancer July 23 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She lived in Montgomery Village.

Mrs. Boyarsky, a Tennessee native, came to the Washington area in 1957.

Mrs. Boyarsky was a member of the Church of the Redeemer in Gaithersburg.

Her marriage to Elliot Boyarsky ended in divorce.

Survivors include three sons, David, of Walkersville, Md., Donald, of Denver, and Alan, of Harrisonburg, Va.; a daughter, Marcia Ray, also of Harrisonburg; a brother; two sisters; and five grandchildren.

Cheryl Laverty Nesbitt


Cheryl Laverty Nesbitt, 44, a special education teacher at Jones Lane Elementary School in Germantown, died of cancer July 22 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.

Mrs. Nesbitt taught for 21 years, starting in Montana. She taught in Prince George's County in the late 1980s and at Klopper Mill Elementary School in the 1990s.

Mrs. Nesbitt was born in Washington and raised in Bethesda. She was a graduate of Walter Johnson High School and Susquehanna University. She received a master's degree in special education from George Washington University.

She was a member of the Montgomery County Education Association and Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.

Her marriage to Thomas F. Laverty ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Scranton George Nesbitt II of Wheaton; a daughter from her first marriage, Erin Lane Laverty of Frederick, Md.; her mother and stepfather, Mary Jane Rawlins and Robert H. Rawlins, both of Sanibel, Fla.; her father and stepmother, Stacy L. Williams and Robin Williams, both of Frederick; a brother, Scott H. Williams of Charlotte; three stepbrothers; and a stepsister.

Sadye Singletary Bacote

Claims Analyst

Sadye Singletary Bacote, 79, a claims analyst with the General Accounting Office from the 1940s to the 1960s, died July 21 at her home in Washington. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Bacote was a native of Scranton, S.C., and a graduate of Morris College.

She was a member of the Woodridge Civic Association and attended Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington.

Her husband, Thaddeus Bacote, died in December. There are no immediate survivors.

Susan Finnell Hart

Office Administrator

Susan Finnell Hart, 75, an administrator in the office of sponsored research at George Washington University from the early 1950s to 1978, died of a heart ailment July 12 at a hospital in Fayetteville, Ark. She moved to Fayetteville after she retired.

Mrs. Hart was born in Salisbury, Mo. She worked on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon early in her career. She was president of the Grant Elementary School PTA.

Her husband, Jerry T. Hart, died in 1997.

Survivors include two daughters, Julia Hart of Corte Madera, Calif., and Candice Hunt of Falls Church; and a granddaughter.

John Robert Newsome


John Robert Newsome, 79, a Washington resident who retired in 1985 after 15 years as a janitor and administrator in the Library of Congress's division of maintenance facility, died of complications from an aneurysm July 17 at Providence Hospital.

Mr. Newsome was a native of Wayne County, N.C., who came to Washington in 1950 and worked for food distributor District Grocery Store.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Prescilla M. Newsome of Washington; a daughter, Shirley J. Gross of Mount Rainer; and four grandchildren. His son, Bobby D. Newsome, died in 1993.