Carlyle Phillip Woelfer

Army Colonel

Carlyle Phillip Woelfer, 83, a retired Army colonel and member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Lovettsville who had lived in the Washington area since 1997, died of renal failure Aug. 26 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He lived in Lovettsville.

Col. Woelfer, who was born in Iowa, was a 1941 graduate of Kansas State University. He received a master's degree in education and a doctorate in industrial-technical education from North Carolina State University. After retiring from the Army, he had served on North Carolina groups studying military impacts on the state and was active in volunteer work.

He served in the Illinois National Guard and in the regular Army before receiving his commission in 1941. He served as a company commander in the 42nd Infantry "Rainbow" Division in Europe during World War II, instructed Korean troops in Korea during the conflict there, and served as deputy senior adviser to a Vietnamese Army corps in 1967 and 1968. His last assignment, before retiring from active duty in 1972, was with the Fifth Army in Fort Sheridan, Ill.

His decorations included the Combat Infantry Badge with star, two awards of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with "V" device, the Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit and the Army Commendation Medal.

His wife of 57 years, Helen Cunningham Woelfer, died May 1.

Survivors include four children, Suzanne W. Barnes of Laurel, Carl W. "Chuck" Woelfer of Long Beach, Calif., and Lilli A. Woelfer-Pearce and Roy F. Woelfer, both of Lovettsville; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Fred Morehouse

Logistics Official

Fred Morehouse, 82, who worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in a civilian capacity for 30 years before retiring in 1977 as logistics chief and business adviser in the office of the chief of engineers, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 25 at a hospital in Vero Beach, Fla. He lived in Vero Beach.

Mr. Morehouse, a Michigan native and former Springfield resident, had lived in the Washington area from 1965 until moving to Florida in 1997. He had served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II.

He had been a member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Springfield.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Merle Deen Morehouse of Vero Beach; two sons, Dean, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Dale, of Alexandria; two daughters, Martha Ratcliffe of Plano, Tex., and Nancy Morehouse Harman of Blacksburg, Va.; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

Rudolph Joseph Dahl


Rudolph Joseph Dahl, 95, an architect and former Bethesda resident who specialized in defense-related jobs, died of cancer Aug. 24 at his home in Orange, Calif.

Mr. Dahl was born Feb. 29, 1904, on a Minnesota prairie, and he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in architecture. He began his architectural career in Chicago, then in the 1930s moved to Washington as an architect for the Veterans Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers. During World War II, he served in the Navy as a specialist in weapons development, then after the war he was a marketing executive in Louisville.

He was recalled to Navy service during the Korean War and was discharged a commander. In 1953 he returned to the Washington area. For the next 40 years, he worked on defense-related projects for Aerojet General, Ametek and other firms. He retired in the mid-1990s.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude, of Orange; two children, Rudolph M. Dahl of Rockville and Mary Margaret Callaham of Monterey, Calif.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Bennett Williamson

Elementary School Teacher

Elizabeth Bennett Williamson, 94, who was a first-grade teacher at Slowe Elementary School in Washington for about 25 years before retiring in the early 1970s, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 25 at her home in the District.

Mrs. Williamson, a lifelong Washington resident, graduated from Dunbar High School, Howard University and Miner Teachers College. She started working as a teacher in the early 1930s and spent the early part of her career at Lovejoy, Bruce and Brookland elementary schools.

She was a member of St. Cecilia's Guild at Calvary Episcopal Church in Washington and the Futurists Club, an organization of D.C. mothers. She also served as a substitute teacher in the mid-1970s, knitted sweaters for needy children and volunteered as polling official for D.C. elections.

Her husband of 63 years, Alphonso Williamson, died in 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary W. McHenry of Washington; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Katherine Moffett Smith


Katherine Moffett Smith, 81, who was active in church and civic groups, died Aug. 30 at her doctor's office in McLean. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Smith, a McLean resident since 1953, recently moved to the Arleigh Burke Pavilion at Carl Vinson Hall, the Navy retirement facility in McLean.

She was a native of Staunton, Va., and a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton. She came to Washington during World War II to work as a ordnance analyst for the Navy.

In later years, while spending her time as a homemaker, she was a member of the Colonel Dames, the Jamestown Society, Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean and the McLean Garden Club.

She was also interested in oil and watercolor painting and genealogy.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, retired Navy Cmdr. Howard Smith of McLean; two sons, Clayton Smith of Virginia Beach and Robert Smith of Iowa; and two brothers.

Sam Lewis Light

Construction Worker

Sam Lewis Light, 74, a retired construction worker who had been a steel erector and linesman for the Army Corps of Engineers and in private industry, died of liver failure Aug. 25 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Light, a West Virginia native, served with the Army in Europe during World War II before settling in the Washington area in the early 1950s. He spent the next decade as a civilian Army employee, then worked for various area construction concerns for nearly 30 years before retiring about 1990.

His marriage to Doris Light ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Helen, of Alexandria; two children from his first marriage, David Light of Columbus, Ind., and Leah Light of Lakeland, Fla.; four stepchildren, Louella Ballenger of Arlington, Melinda Eppard of Fredericksburg and Ben and Bruce Dillingham, both of Alexandria; four brothers; eight sisters; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Molly Reid Trick Foley

Montessori Student

Molly Reid Trick Foley, a 5-year-old with a zest for tap-dancing, playing the violin, reading and boys, died Aug. 27 at home in Arlington after a months-long battle with brain cancer.

She attended a special Montessori program for children at McKinley Elementary School in Arlington from age 2 until her cancer was diagnosed earlier this year.

She was known by classmates as an avid puzzle-solver.

She had participated in Arlington County's soccer program for children.

She is survived by her parents, Darcy Reid Trick and Roger Foley, and a sister, Kate, 14, all of Arlington; and her grandparents, Janet and Al Trick of Olympia, Wash., and Roger and Charlotte Foley of Tampa.