John F. Walsh Sr.

Realty Executive

John F. Walsh Sr., 75, senior vice president of Thomas D. Walsh Realtors, died of cancer Sept. 6 at his home in Chevy Chase.

Mr. Walsh was born in Washington and graduated from Gonzaga College High School. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces. After the war, he graduated from Georgetown University, then entered the commercial real estate business. He remained active in the operation until his death.

He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington, the Washington Board of Realtors, the Washington Board of Trade, the Touchdown Club and Columbia Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Nancianne Weir Walsh of Chevy Chase; four sons, John Francis Walsh Jr. of Kensington, Timothy Michael Walsh of San Ramon, Calif., Lawrence Thomas Walsh of Washington and Gregory Patrick Walsh of Gaithersburg; two brothers, Thomas M. Walsh of Washington and Edward J. Walsh of Reston; and four grandchildren.

Myra S. Wilson


Myra S. Wilson, 55, who promoted Internet and database research to get information swiftly for the staff of the large law firm where she was the assistant librarian, died of a bacterial infection Sept. 5 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District. She had lung cancer.

Mrs. Wilson, of Bethesda, started working for the District office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in 1992, a year after she started the library in its Brussels branch.

Mrs. Wilson, who spoke fluent French, went to Brussels with her husband of 35 years, David Michael Wilson, a retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Information Agency. Mrs. Wilson traveled with him to his postings in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Cape Town, South Africa; Ottawa; Geneva; and Brussels.

Mrs. Wilson, who was raised in the Chicago area, graduated with a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1966 and received a master's of science degree in information and library sciences from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1976. She was a member of the District chapter of the American Association of Law Librarians and the Smith College Club in Washington.

From 1980 to 1984, Mrs. Wilson was a librarian at the Graduate School of the Institute of Higher International Studies, in Geneva.

Between her husband's assignments, Mrs. Wilson also worked in Montgomery County: at the Montgomery College library from 1984 to 1986 and in the Montgomery County Public Library system from 1984 to 1988.

From 1989 to 1991, she edited the Brussels Weekly, a newspaper published by the American Embassy in the Belgian capital.

Mrs. Wilson's hobbies included gardening and reading. Known for the breadth of her reading, Mrs. Wilson last tackled "The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization" by Thomas L. Friedman, "The Extra Man," a comic novel by Jonathan Ames, and "The Angel of Darkness," a mystery by Caleb Carr.

She is survived by her husband, of Bethesda; two sons, Whitney, of Arlington, and Josh, of Los Angeles; a brother; and a sister.

Walter J. Kerwynn

Construction Contractor

Walter J. Kerwynn, 83, a construction contractor who built residential housing in Northern Virginia before retiring about 14 years ago, died Sept. 1 at his home in Alexandria of prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Kerwynn was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. During World War II, he was an Army paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division, and he jumped into France during the D-day landings on the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was injured and received a Purple Heart.

After the war, Mr. Kerwynn was a construction contractor in Manchester, Vt. He moved to this area and went into the construction business here about 25 years ago.

He designed and built his own home in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria.

His marriage to Edith Kerwynn ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Regina Callaghan Kerwynn of Alexandria; three children from his first marriage, David Kerwynn, Michael Kerwynn and Kathryn Amadon, all of Manchester; a stepson, George W. Callaghan of Alexandria; and five grandchildren.

Pauline S. Kelley Wright

Forensic Technician

Pauline S. Kelley Wright, 55, a Suitland resident who retired in 1996 after 25 years as a forensic technician at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, died of hypertension Sept. 1 at Washington Home & Hospice.

Mrs. Wright, a native of Mecklenburg County, Va., came to Washington as a young woman and graduated from Western High School.

Her marriage to Earl Kelley ended in divorce. Her second husband, Moses Wright, died in 1997.

Survivors include five half sisters, Sharon Crawford, Josephine Greene, Anni Crawford, Isabelle Crawford and Denise Crawford, all of Washington.

Earl Clinton Kight

Letter Carrier

Earl Clinton Kight, 59, a retired letter carrier who delivered mail in the Lanham-Seabrook area, died of cancer Sept. 6 at his home in Mountain Lake Park, Md.

Mr. Kight was born in Cumberland, Md. He served in the Navy in the late 1950s.

He settled in the Washington area 35 years ago.

In 1995, he retired from the Postal Service and moved from Riverdale to Mountain Lake Park.

Survivors include his wife, Nita Ann Kight of Mountain Lake Park, and his mother, Mary V. Kight of Oakland, Md.