THE OBITUARY AUG. 31 OF ANDREW E. DZIEKAN JR. SHOULD HAVE SAID HE GRADUATED FROM BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL IN 1969, NOT 1959. (PUBLISHED 09/02/99)
Martin H. `Marty' Harris Jr.
Army Officer and NASA Official
Martin H. "Marty" Harris Jr., 80, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who later worked on the Apollo program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, died Aug. 23 at Crofton Convalescent Center. He had suffered three strokes.
Col. Harris, who lived in Annapolis, was born in Omaha and graduated from Creighton University, where he also received a law degree.
He served in the Army in England and Germany during World War II. After the war, he was an intelligence officer. His assignments included duty with NATO in Denmark and service in an intelligence unit at Fort Holabird, Md. In 1962, he retired from the Army, settled in Towson, Md., and worked as an electronics specialist with Westinghouse.
He joined NASA and moved to the area in 1966; he retired from NASA in 1985.
He was an enthusiastic skier, hang glider, camper and horseback rider.
He did volunteer work at St. Nicholas Catholic Church Teen Club in Laurel, and he was a past grand knight of the Patuxent Council of the Knights of Columbus in Laurel. He did volunteer work with the Washington Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and he was a member of the Prince George's Mental Health Advisory Committee. He did spiritual and drug abuse counseling for people in prisons, hospitals and halfway houses.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis.
His wife of 45 years, Zalia Brennan Harris, died in 1990.
Survivors include three children, Cindy Harris of Ocean City, Md., Barbara Orak of San Francisco and Elizabeth Ramsey of Davidsonville; a sister; and five grandchildren.
Ellen Rauber Pettway
Ellen Rauber Pettway, 68, a certified alcoholism counselor and a former adviser on substance and alcohol abuse for the Montgomery County Council, died of cancer Aug. 30 at her home in Pinehurst, N.C.
Mrs. Pettway was born in Washington. She graduated from Georgetown Visitation school in Washington and attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. She lived in Rockville before moving to Pinehurst in 1992.
She became a certified alcoholism counselor in 1979. Over the years, she worked with treatment programs sponsored by the National Clergy Council on Alcoholism, Bethesda Naval Medical Center, the Psychiatric Institute of Washington and the Melwood Farm Treatment Center, where she retired in 1991.
Her first husband, John W. Rauber, died in 1977.
Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Brander M. Pettway of Pinehurst; five children from her first marriage, Carol R. Kennedy of Alexandria, Elizabeth R. O'Connor of Setauket, N.Y., John W. Rauber Jr. of Potomac, Laura R. McGarry of Bethesda and Edward R. Rauber of Rockville; and seven grandchildren.
Andrew E. Dziekan Jr.
Andrew Edward Dziekan Jr., 48, a 1959 Bowie High School graduate and former Washington area businessman who moved to Bolivia in 1992, died Aug. 22 at his home in Tarija, Bolivia, after a heart attack.
Mr. Dziekan, who was born in Batavia, N.Y., grew up in Bowie. He had owned a variety of businesses, including the International Cleaners Laundromat in Alexandria and the Tash Cleaners dry cleaning plant in Washington in the 1970s. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he owned Bay Forest cleaners in Annapolis and the Annapolis Formal Wear, a bridal shop.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Ana Maria, of Tarija; three sons, David, of Simpsonville, S.C., and Matthew and John Paul Dziekan, both of Tarija; his parents, Geneva and Andrew Dziekan Sr. of Bowie; two brothers, Gary, of Crofton, and Dennis, of Bowie; three sisters, Suzanne Ottey of Millersville, Md., Jeanne Hartmeyer of Centreville, Md., and Sandra Khokar of Alexandria.
James B. `Jimmy' Gray
Disc Jockey and Record Producer
James B. "Jimmy" Gray, 62, a record producer who from the mid-1960s to mid-1990s was a Washington disc jockey featuring jazz recordings on stations WGTB, WHUR and WPFW radio stations, died Aug. 25 at his home in Washington after a heart attack.
Mr. Gray had produced records under the Black Fire label until his death. Artists and Groups he had worked with included Experience Unlimited (EU), Plunky and the Oneness of Juju, Hamiet Bluiett and Byard Lancaster.
In the 1970s, he was a national promotional director for Creed Taylor Records Inc., and an independent record promoter and a concert promoter. He had promoted concerts for Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Thelonius Monk and Gil Scott-Heron.
Mr. Gray, a Washington native, was a Dunbar High School graduate and a Navy veteran. He had collected jazz works for more than 40 years and over the years had associated with many jazz greats. His aunts, Cecelia Penny Scott and Evelyn Penny had owned jazz clubs on U Street from the 1940s to 1960s.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald B. Gray of Capitol Heights and Jamal B. Gray of Washington, and two granddaughters.
Frances Louise King
Frances Louise King, 76, a practical nurse who specialized in geriatric care, died of heart ailments Aug. 7 at Montgomery General Hospital.
Mrs. King, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Washington and grew up in Oxon Hill.
For 50 years, she worked at practical nursing jobs.
Her husband, Howard Levi King, died in 1968.
Survivors include six children, Randolph Howard King of Hudson, Ohio, Michael Russell King of Crofton, Leonard William King and Francis Lester King, Sharon Rose Daly, all of Silver Spring and Katherine Louise Watts of Eldersburg, Md.; a brother, Charles Goodwin of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; three sisters, Mary Garcia of Upland, Calif., Eleanor Thompson of Tustin, Calif., and Jean Wells of Longwood, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mary B. Collins
Dental School Assistant
Mary B. Collins, 89, an assistant to the dean of the Georgetown University dental school from 1970 to 1980, died Aug. 29 at the Manor Care nursing home in Chevy Chase. She had a number of strokes.
Mrs. Collins, a resident of Washington, was born in Denver. In the late 1920s, she was an actress in California and a fashion model in New York. She moved to the District about 1930.
In 1941, she and her husband, Elmer B. Collins, moved to Omaha, where he was an attorney for the Union Pacific railroad. They returned here when he retired in 1961.
Mrs. Collins was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington.
Her husband died in 1964. Survivors include a daughter, Carole Collins of Washington.