LeMar M. Chilson

Regulatory Entomologist

LeMar M. Chilson, 77, a retired Agriculture Department entomologist who also was an international consultant helping countries develop agricultural quarantine systems, died Aug. 3 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a stroke.

Mr. Chilson, a permanent Washington area resident since 1973, spent most of his 29-year career with the Agriculture Department at the plant quarantine office. Over the years, he worked in Honolulu and Battle Creek, Mich. He had held a variety of jobs including inspector, staff entomologist, and personnel management and technical training supervisor.

A Silver Spring resident, he was a native of Odessa, Wash., and a entomology graduate of the University of Maryland. He served in the Army during World War II and was assigned to the coast artillery.

He was a genealogist, a collector of stamps and coins and an authority on staphylinidae, a family of predatory beetles.

His marriage to Helen Jean Roberts ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Nina Chilson of Silver Spring; a son from his first marriage, Gary Chilson of Lake Placid, N.Y.; and two granddaughters.

Jean Ellen Henry


Jean Ellen Henry, 65, a retired California banker who had been a volunteer at the White House and the Kennedy Center since settling in the Washington area five years ago, died of cancer Aug. 4 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. She lived in Bethesda.

At the White House, she had worked in the first lady's offices. At the Kennedy Center, she had been a volunteer tour guide.

Mrs. Henry, who was born in the Bronx, N.Y., studied banking at Northwestern University. She spent 20 years as a California banker before retiring in the late 1980s as a vice president and general manager with the old Security Pacific National Bank.

Her husband, Oliver, died in 1987. Survivors include a daughter, Jo-Ann Cardoza of Washington; two brothers; a sister; and two grandsons.

Ermine E. Saunders

Computer Programmer

Ermine E. Saunders, 49, who had been a Defense Department computer programmer in Alexandria for the past 20 years, died of a heart attack Aug. 2 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Alexandria.

She had worked in Defense Department acquisition and procurement projects.

Miss Saunders, a Washington native, was a graduate of Roosevelt High School. She had attended Howard University.

Survivors include two brothers, Norman Saunders of Washington and Steven Saunders of Los Angeles.

Sarah Caplan

FCC Secretary

Sarah Caplan, 88, a secretary with the Federal Communications Commission since coming to Washington in 1964, died of lung cancer Aug. 2 at Georgetown University Hospital. She lived in the District.

At the time of her death, she was working in the allocations branch of the FCC's mass media bureau.

Mrs. Caplan was a native of Pennsylvania, where she studied drama at what is now Carnegie Mellon University. She worked as a secretary in Pennsylvania before coming to Washington.

She was a life member of B'nai B'rith Women and a member of Adas Israel Congregation. She was a past member of Kesher Israel Synagogue in Washington. Her hobbies included writing prose and poetry.

Her marriage to Lazier Caplan ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Esther Williams of Ottawa; and two grandchildren.

Linda Rose Warner


Linda Rose Warner, 54, who was a teacher at Cooper Lane Elementary School in Landover for the last nine years, died of a cardiovascular disorder Aug. 5 at her home in Severn.

Mrs. Warner, a native of Montana, graduated from the University of Arizona in 1967. She accompanied her husband, retired Army Lt. Col. Ronald A. Warner, on his military assignments to Germany and Korea, among other places.

After settling in the Washington area in 1985, she taught two years at Glenridge Elementary School in Landover Hills.

She was a member of Kappa Delta social sorority.

In addition to her husband, of Severn, survivors include a son, Trevor C. Warner of Odenton; her mother, Venda Hoffman of Billings, Mont.; and a brother.

Marguerite M. Crump

Cafeteria Worker

Marguerite Marie Crump, 87, who had been a cafeteria worker in Arlington at Yorktown Public High School and the O'Connell Catholic High School Convent, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 6 at her home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Crump, who had lived in Arlington for more than 50 years, was born in Baltimore and raised in Washington. She had worked at Yorktown from 1968 to 1972, and at O'Connell from 1973 until retiring in 1992.

She had been a member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, where she also did volunteer work.

Her husband, Charles E. Crump Jr., whom she married in 1937, died in 1973. Survivors include seven children, Charlotte Bova of Silver Spring, Mildred McGhee of Amissville, Va., Charles F. Crump of Morris Plains, N.J., George W. Crump of Reston, and Martha Kukoy, David R. Crump and Mary Pratt, all of Crownsville, Md.; two sisters, Genevieve Nagy of Broad Run, Va., and Betty Voith of Silver Spring; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Donald `Skippy' Bivens Jr.

Distribution Manager

Donald W. "Skippy" Bivens Jr., 50, a beer distribution manager who had worked for the Bob Hall Budweiser Distributors in Upper Marlboro for the past 26 years, died Aug. 5 at Anne Arundel Hospital Center after a stroke. He lived in Upper Marlboro.

Mr. Bivens, a Prince George's County native, was a graduate of Sasser High School in Upper Marlboro and attended Largo Community College. Before he began working for the beer distributor, he had worked for an Upper Marlboro trucking company for about five years.

He had been an altar boy, lector and bookkeeper at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Upper Marlboro.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

Martha H. Sweeney

Scout Leader

Martha H. Sweeney, 82, a longtime resident of Arlington where in the 1950s she had been a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader and member of the First Presbyterian Church, died of pneumonia Aug. 7 at Northern Virginia Community Hospital.

Mrs. Sweeney graduated from Duquesne University and taught high school in her native Pennsylvania before moving to this area and settling in Arlington after World War II. She lived in Florida in the 1960s, where she was a high school librarian, before returning to Arlington.

Her husband, Philip J. Sweeney Jr., whom she married in 1942, died in January. Survivors include a son, Philip III, of Arlington; a daughter, Rebecca J. Sweeney of Washington; and five grandchildren.

Kathleen L. Stalknecht

Club President

Kathleen L. Stalknecht, 48, who was president of the Mount Vernon Country Club where she belonged to the Women's Nine Holers, died of cancer Aug. 7 at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Stalknecht, who had lived in the Washington area for 15 years, was a native of Charleston, W.Va., and a 1970 dental hygiene graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. She had worked as a dental hygienist from 1970 to 1985.

Survivors include her husband, Paul, and three children, Amy L., Kerry L., and Thomas P. Stalknecht, all of Alexandria; her parents; two sisters; and a brother.

Frank Bertram Sherry

Patent Examiner

Frank Bertram Sherry, 97, who retired in 1970 after 33 years as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent Office, died of a heart ailment Aug. 1 at his home in Washington.

In retirement, he did consulting work as a private patent agent. He was a past president and vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees and past president of the board of the John Hanson Savings and Loan in New Carrollton.

Mr. Sherry, who was born in Milwaukee, attended Rice University and the University of Chicago before graduating from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. He received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1942 and was a member of the Delta Theta Phi law fraternity.

An avid sailor, he was a member of the National Yacht Club and the U.S. Power Squadron. He also enjoyed figure skating and was a member of the Ice Club of Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Sherry of Washington.

Barry R. Connors

Computer Programmer

Barry R. Connors, 64, a computer programmer with Soza & Co. of Fairfax who did contract work for the U.S. Education Department, died of cancer Aug. 8 at Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

A resident of the Washington area since 1968, he had worked in computers for a number of concerns before joining Soza 10 years ago.

Mr. Connors, a native of Dayton, Ohio., was a Latin and Greek graduate of the University of Dayton and did further language study at Catholic University. He was fluent in German, Russian and several Romance languages.

He had been a lector at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Arlington. A duplicate bridge life master, he was president of the Northern Virginia Bridge Association.

Survivors include his companion, Charlotte Mitter of Alexandria; and two sisters, Lynn Barron of Springfield, and Barbara Connors of Deltona, Fla.

Richard F. Dudley

Research Engineer

Richard F. Dudley, 78, a retired Agriculture Department research engineer, died of pulmonary fibrosis Aug. 6 at his home in Adelphi.

Mr. Dudley, a specialist in agricultural seeding machinery, worked 31 years for the Agriculture Department, beginning in 1956. He spent most of his career in the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center but also worked a few years at a research facility in Bushland, Tex.

He wrote or contributed to more than 60 research papers on agricultural seeding machinery and methods, including no-till procedures for conserving water and reducing soil erosion.

He was born in Christiansburg, Va., and graduated in 1942 from Virginia Tech with a degree in agricultural engineering, then served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was stationed in China, Burma and India as an aircraft maintenance officer and later continued his military career as a reservist, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He was a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

His interests included gardening and enjoying his vacation property in St. Inigoes, Md.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Sarah Sherrill Dudley of Adelphi; a son, Richard F. Dudley Jr. of Darnestown; a sister, Lois Dudley Spicer of Christiansburg; and two grandsons.