Fred J. Rice Jr.

Corporate Lawyer

Fred J. Rice Jr., 78, who retired in 1983 after 32 years as a lawyer with Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co., died of cancer Aug. 2 at the Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Rice, a fifth generation Washingtonian, graduated from Gonzaga College High School and Catholic University, where he also received a law degree. In 1997, he was inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame for his participation on the university basketball team in the early 1940s.

He was a member of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 55 years, Marie Howard Rice of Chevy Chase; five children, Fred J. Rice III of Bethesda, Joan Rice Krause of Salisbury, Md., Susan Rice Pizzi of Davidsonville, Thomas Howard Rice of Ellicott City and Matthew Rice of Chevy Chase; a sister; and 12 grandchildren.

Nola G. Forrest

Army Nurse Officer

Nola G. Forrest, 99, a retired lieutenant colonel who served for 22 years in the Army Nurse Corps, died of congestive heart failure July 30 at her home in Washington.

During World War II, Col. Forrest served as director of nurses in the South Pacific and received a Bronze Star. She retired on disability in 1946.

Col. Forrest was a Minnesota native. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and received nursing training at Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis. She had been a Washington resident since the early 1960s.

She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Retired Officers Association, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and the Women's Overseas Service League.

There are no immediate survivors.

Shirley E. Smith


Shirley E. Smith, 71, co-owner with her husband for 25 years of American Limousine of Falls Church, died of cancer Aug. 2 in St. Petersburg, Fla. She moved to Florida from Annandale in 1993.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Washington and a graduate of Eastern High School. She was an operator with Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Cos. as a young woman and drove a school bus in Fairfax County in the late 1960s.

She was a member of National Gardens Baptist Church in Falls Church.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Robert Smith of St. Petersburg; three children, Robert Craig Smith of Vienna and Susan Elaine Smith and William Brent Smith, both of Alexandria; three brothers; and three grandchildren.

Richard V.W. Adams

CIA Personnel Officer

Richard V.W. Adams, 79, a retired personnel officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, died Aug. 1 at Inova Alexandria Hospital, of a stroke after surgery for a ruptured appendix. He had lived in Alexandria off and on more than 45 years.

Mr. Adams retired from the CIA in 1971, after serving in Tokyo, Okinawa and Vietnam.

He was born in Brookline, Mass., and raised in Washington. He worked as a page in the Supreme Court and graduated from Eastern High School. He received bachelor's degree and master's degrees in business from George Washington University. He was a navigator with the Army Air Forces in the Atlantic during World War II.

Mr. Adams was an agent for Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance and worked for Eastern Malleable Iron Co. in Wilmington, Del., before joining the CIA staff in 1950. After he retired, he was an investment adviser with Thomson McKinnon Securities, which became Prudential Securities.

Mr. Adams's interests included golfing. He was a director of Belle Haven Country Club.

His marriage to Judith Hall Douglas ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Kathryn M. Adams of Alexandria; a daughter from his first marriage, Judith Stouffer of Vienna; two children from his second marriage, Richard Adams III of Great Falls and Allison Adams of Durham, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

Michael F. Flynn Sr.

Contract Specialist

Michael F. Flynn Sr., 73, a contract specialist who retired 11 years ago from the Maryland Aviation Administration at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 4 at the home of a son in Silver Spring.

Mr. Flynn was born in Chicago and served in the Army during World War II.

He settled in the Washington area in 1955 and was a contract specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation before joining the Maryland Aviation Administration.

A former resident of Silver Spring and Bowie, he moved to Ocean Pines, Md. after he retired.

He was a member of St. Camillus and St. Edward's Catholic churches. He was active in the Holy Family Council of the Knights of Columbus in Silver Spring and was a fourth-degree member of the Father Gardner Council of the Knights of Columbus where he worked on the youth scholarship program.

In retirement, Mr. Flynn did volunteer work at St. Luke's/St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Ocean Pines, Meals on Wheels and the Ocean Pines Kiwanis.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Holland Flynn of Ocean Pines; seven children, Michael F. Flynn Jr., Timothy J. Flynn, Daniel J. Flynn and John Thomas Flynn, all of Silver Spring, Bridget J. Polanin of Chatham, N.J., Sheila F. Maloney of Beltsville, and Mary Agnes Flynn of Boston; a brother; and 21 grandchildren.

Two children, Thomas Flynn and Eileen Flynn, died in infancy.

Leslie A. Klieforth

Foreign Service Officer

Leslie A. Klieforth, 75, a retired Foreign Service officer and commercial attache, died July 23 in a hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., of complications following colon surgery. A resident of Largo, Fla., he moved to Florida from Silver Spring in 1996.

Mr. Klieforth was born in Washington into a Foreign Service family. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and did graduate work in international relations at Johns Hopkins University. He served in the Army during World War II. His postings over 25 years included Germany, Vietnam, Morocco, Belgium, Iran, New Zealand and South Africa. He retired in 1978.

He was a volunteer with the Republican Party in Montgomery County and a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Ingeborg "Inga" Klieforth of Largo; seven children, Leslie A.H. "J.R." Klieforth Jr. of Largo, Laurette C. Klieforth of the District, Cecilia J. Mangini of Mechanicsville, Md., Annette Klieforth of Bellevue, Wash., Barbara I. Klieforth of Cottage City, Lily M. Adair of Hampton, Va., and Yvonne M. Lieforth of St. Petersburg; a brother; and six grandchildren.

Richard August Busch

Safety Inspector

Richard August Busch, 83, a former Silver Spring resident who retired in 1977 as a safety inspector for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, died Aug. 2 at his home in Shady Side after a stroke.

Mr. Busch was born in Redwood City, Calif., and reared in Greenwich, Conn. After working as a cabinet maker in Connecticut, he moved to the Washington area in 1960 to work for the D.C. Minimum Wage and Industrial Safety Board.

He was a founding member of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society and a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shady Side.

His first wife, Estelle Wood, died in 1958.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Y. Busch of Shady Side; two sons from his first marriage, Richard A. Busch of Ashley Falls, Mass., and Donald A. Busch of Brentwood, Tenn.; two stepchildren, John Hawkins of Ellicott City and Carol Anderson of Shady Side; a brother; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis E. Armstrong

Library of Congress Special Assistant

Phyllis E. Armstrong, 89, a longtime Hyattsville resident who retired from the Library of Congress in 1970 after more than 25 years as a special assistant in the poetry office, died of a respiratory ailment July 26 at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

As a special assistant, Ms. Armstrong arranged special events and set up receptions and readings for literary and stage artists at the Library of Congress. Her work brought her into contact with some of the most noted poets of the time, such as Robert Frost, Conrad Aiken, T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Randall Jarrell and Robert Lowell.

Ms. Armstrong also wrote her own poetry. A small book of her poems, "A Witness in Washington," was published in 1972.

Born in India to a British mother, Ms. Armstrong spent most of her youth in England and came to this country before World World War II. She settled in Washington, where during the war she served with the British Woman's Royal Naval Service as a cipher officer in the signals branch.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Mary F. Crabb

Personnel Specialist

Mary Frances Crabb, 82, a personnel classification specialist who retired in 1972 from the office of the Army surgeon general, died of pneumonia July 30 at The Virginian retirement home in Fairfax.

She was a native of Athens, Ga., and a journalism graduate of the University of Georgia. She was society editor of the Athens Times prior to World War II. She began her 31-year federal career as a special investigator with the Civil Service Commission. She did classification work for the Army Map Service before joining the surgeon general's staff.

Miss Crabb was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Arlington and a volunteer in its prison ministry.

Survivors include a sister, Anna C. Ponaras of Silver Spring.

Dorothy Hussong Jenkins Graeff

Church Volunteer

Dorothy Hussong Jenkins Graeff, 80, a member of Colesville Baptist Church in Silver Spring and a former volunteer worker with the Gideons International Ladies Organization, died of heart disease Aug. 1 at Golden Years Care Facility in Lothian, Md.

She was born in New York and moved to Washington in 1930. She graduated from McKinley Tech High School and the University of Maryland, where she studied food service and dietetics. In the early 1940s, she was a Marriott Hot Shoppe food manager.

As a Gideon volunteer, Mrs. Graeff traveled in South America with her first husband, where they provided leadership training and support to Gideon organizations.

Her avocations included china painting.

A former resident of Mitchellville, Suitland and Silver Spring, Mrs. Graeff moved to the Lothian facility in 1998.

Her first husband, Richard L. Jenkins Jr., died in 1968. Her second husband, Dr. Earl W. Graeff, died in 1974.

Survivors include three children from her first marriage, Anita J. Cook of Harwood, Md., Carol Jenkins of Hinesburg, Vt., and Richard C. Jenkins of Bowie; a stepdaughter, Libby Graeff Stennett of Lady Lake, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Thurman Willis Jackson


Thurman Willis Jackson, 72, a draftsman who retired from the Commerce Department in the 1980s, died July 29 at the Manor Care facility in Cheverly. He had diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Mr. Jackson was born in Wilson, N.C., and served in the Army in the 1950s.

After his military service, he settled in Washington and began his career at the Commerce Department.

His marriage to Katheryn Jackson ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, James Jackson of Texas, Nanitajo Poole of Mitchellville and Thurman W. Jackson Jr. of Washington; three sisters, Louise Jackson McGhee of Washington, Dorothy McGuire of New Jersey, and Laverne Dean of Pittsburgh; a brother, Theodore Jackson of Berrien Spring, Mich.; and two grandchildren.

Viola Elizabeth Craig

School Assistant

Viola Elizabeth Craig, 78, who retired in the 1980s as an administrative assistant at Woodson High School, died of pneumonia Aug. 2 at the Hospice of Washington. She was a lifelong resident of Washington.

Miss Craig was a graduate of Business High School and Hampton University. Her 41-year career with the D.C. public schools included work at Kelly Miller Junior High School.

She was an officer of the National Association of Educational Office Professionals and Secretaries, national secretary and treasurer of the women's division of the D.C. Progressive National Baptist Convention, a member of Iota Phi Lambda social sorority and a volunteer at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Washington.

Survivors include a sister, Elinor Craig of Washington.