Charles C. Gastrock Jr.

Accounting Firm Senior Partner

Charles C. Gastrock Jr., 80, a certified public accountant who worked for the Washington firm of Buchanan & Co. for 27 years before retiring as a senior partner in 1974, died of cancer Aug. 5 at his home in Bermuda.

Mr. Gastrock, who also had a home in his native Washington, was active in many organizations, including the Masonic Order, Silver Spring Optimist Club, the District's Oldest Inhabitants and Eastern High School's 50 Plus Club.

He was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and a member of Good Shepherd Methodist Church in Silver Spring.

He was a graduate of Eastern High School and George Washington University.

After serving in the Coast Guard and the U.S. Maritime Service during World War II, he attended New York University, where he received a master's degree in business administration in 1947.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Hazel R. Gastrock of Silver Spring; three children, Susan Ponder of Laurel, Robert Gastrock of Anchorage and Ronald Gastrock of Arlington, Tex.; a sister, Mary Lyon of Gaithersburg; and 10 grandchildren.

Mary Elizabeth White


Mary Elizabeth White, 69, a sister in the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, died of lymphoma Aug. 18 at the order's monastery in Washington.

Sister Elizabeth, who had lived at the monastery in Georgetown since 1985, was in charge of food service and helped plan liturgies.

She came to Washington from Kentucky, where she had spent most of her life at a Visitation of Holy Mary monastery. She was born in Hammond, Ind., and reared in Kentucky.

She attended the monastery's schools and entered the order in 1949. There, she became an elementary and high school teacher and chief administrator and director of its Montessori school.

Survivors include two brothers and three sisters.

Astrid Anderson Eddy


Astrid Anderson Eddy, 88, a former school secretary and Bethesda resident, died of a liver ailment Aug. 14 at Asbury Methodist Village's Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg.

Mrs. Eddy, who was born in Hartford, Conn., lived in Bethesda for many years before moving to Asbury Village in 1995.

She came to Washington during World War II to work as a secretary for the War Department. She joined Bethesda Elementary School as a secretary in the 1950s, then worked at Bannockburn Elementary in Bethesda until the early 1960s.

She was a member of Bethesda Methodist Church.

Her husband, Bernard Blakeman Eddy, died in 1967.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Eddy of Pittsburgh and Linda Cleveland of Bethesda; and four grandchildren.

Ronald W. Howard

GWU Administrator

Ronald W. Howard, 65, an administrator at George Washington University for the last 35 years, died of cancer Aug. 19 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.

Mr. Howard, who lived in Arlington, was born in Indiana and graduated from Central College in Iowa. He did graduate work in counseling at the University of Iowa.

He was an admissions counselor at Carthage College in Wisconsin before moving to Washington and joining the staff at GWU in 1964. At GWU he was director of the alumni admissions program and had earlier served as director of alumni relations. He went on disability leave earlier this year.

In March, Mr. Howard received the president's medal from GWU President Joel Trachtenberg.

Survivors include a brother.

Marie Elizabeth Hallion

Union Employee

Marie Elizabeth Hallion, 89, who worked off and on for the National Federation of Federal Employees in the 1940s and 1950s, died of respiratory failure Aug. 18 at Doctors Hospital in Lanham. She lived in Laurel.

Mrs. Hallion was a native of Somerville, Mass. She did case review work for Massachusetts General Hospital before moving to Washington in 1933. She was a corporate tax returns examiner in the 1930s for what later became the Internal Revenue Service.

She was a volunteer with the Democratic Party in Washington. Her interests included the piano and aviation.

Her husband, Richard P. Hallion, died in 1981. Survivors include two children.

Ruth McRae Carlson

Educator and Consultant

Ruth McRae Carlson, 93, a Washington educator, cookbook editor and protocol consultant, died of respiratory failure Aug. 18 at her home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Carlson was born in Riverdale and graduated from the University of Maryland. In the 1950s, she was principal of the Capitol Page School. Earlier she taught in the D.C. public schools.

She was a home economist and a protocol consultant for various social events and embassy receptions.

Her husband, retired Navy Capt. Martin E. Carlson, died in 1977.

There are no immediate survivors.

Mary C. 'Kate' Slattery


Mary Catherine "Kate" Slattery, 76, who rang up orders as the dining room cashier at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington for about 20 years until retiring in the late 1970s, died of cancer Aug. 15 at her home in Annandale.

Mrs. Slattery, a native of Dentsville, worked for numerous hotels after coming to Washington in 1939.

Her husband, William C. Slattery, died in 1978.

Survivors include two sons, Robert G. Slattery of Alexandria and Terrence E. Slattery of Hot Springs, S.D.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.