John Cahill

CIA Systems Engineer

John Cahill, 62, a systems engineer and system integration manager who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1994, died of prostate cancer Sept. 10 at his home in Charlottesville.

Mr. Cahill, a former Silver Spring and Oakton resident, came to the Washington area in 1962. He worked for Vitro Laboratories in Silver Spring before joining the CIA in 1965. Before retiring, he received the agency's Exceptional Performance Award and its Intelligence Commendation Medal.

He moved to Charlottesville in 1995.

Mr. Cahill was born in London and lived in Ireland and Canada before coming to this country in 1948. He settled in Syracuse, N.Y., where he received a physics degree from LeMoyne College. From 1955 to 1957, he served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Constance, of Charlottesville; three sons, Peter, of Winchester, Va., Kevin, of Reston, and Brian, of Phoenix; his mother; a sister; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Virginia Gillis Sargent

Legal Secretary

Virginia Gillis Sargent, 79, who worked as a legal secretary for nearly 30 years before retiring from the Washington law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in 1983, died Sept. 7 at a health care facility in Fort Worth. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Sargent worked at Sutherland for about 15 years. Earlier, she worked for the International Monetary Fund and the Legal Aid Bureau.

A native of West Virginia, she lived in Washington for more than 50 years before moving to Fort Worth in 1992.

Her marriage to John Lawrence Gillis Sr. ended in divorce. Her second husband, Edward S. Sargent, died in July.

Survivors include two sons from her first marriage, John Lawrence Gillis Jr. of Washington and Donald Paul Gillis of Fort Worth; and two granddaughters.

Frances Lavinia Julicher


Frances Lavinia Julicher, 73, a homemaker and longtime resident of the region, died of lung cancer Sept. 10 at Casey House, the inpatient part of Montgomery Hospice in Rockville.

Mrs. Julicher lived most of the past 50 years in the Washington area and spent the last 12 in Gaithersburg. She grew up in Worcester, Mass., and became a registered nurse there in 1947 at Worcester Hahneman Hospital.

By the mid-1950s, she stopped her professional career to raise her family. She joined garden clubs and volunteered for soup kitchens.

Mrs. Julicher recently celebrated her 50th anniversary with her husband, Arthur Julicher, who survives her. She also is survived by a son, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a brother.

Samuel Becker

Pharmaceuticals Representative

Samuel Becker, 91, a retired pharmaceuticals representative for 3M, died of melanoma Sept. 7 at Casey House Hospice.

Mr. Becker, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Maryland. During World War II, he served in the Army in the South Pacific.

His entire working career was spent with 3M, and he retired around 1975. He settled in the Washington area 45 years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Pauline Becker of Silver Spring; and one sister, Belle Kloze of Baltimore.

Nancy K. O'Neill


Nancy K. O'Neill, 80, a teacher and guidance counselor at Bowie and Bladensburg high schools for 40 years, died Sept. 8 at a nursing home in Wynnewood, Pa. She had Parkinson's disease.

Ms. O'Neill was born in Graceville, Minn., and grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D. She graduated from Duchesne College in Nebraska and then taught for two years in a rural South Dakota school.

She moved to Washington in 1943 and began her teaching career, initially as an English and drama teacher. She later became a guidance counselor. She received a master's degree in counseling at Catholic University.

She retired in 1984.

A longtime resident of Riverdale, Ms. O'Neill moved to Pennsylvania in 1994.

There are no immediate survivors.

Leora Sanford Hill

Church and Choir Member

Leora Sanford Hill, 86, a member of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church and its hand bell choir, died of pneumonia Sept. 8 at Asbury Village's Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg.

Mrs. Hill, a former Bethesda resident, was born in Burlington, Vt., and grew up in Washington. She graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and the University of Maryland.

She was an elder at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church and a member of its Women's Association. She also belonged to the Bethesda Quilters and Delta Delta Delta social sorority. After moving to Asbury Village in 1988, Mrs. Hill founded the Asbury Ringers hand bell ensemble.

Her husband, Ralph Lee Hill Jr., died in 1996.

Survivors include four children, Christine Knapp of Derwood, Linda Hardisty of Fredericksburg, Va., David Hill of Simi Valley, Calif., and John Hill of Claremont, Calif.; a brother; a sister; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Donald M. McIntyre

Sales and Marketing Agent

Donald M. McIntyre, 67, a former publishing company's special projects manager and a volunteer with church-based organizations, died Aug. 27 at his home in Bethesda. He had amyotropic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mr. McIntyre retired in 1992 after 22 years in the sales and marketing division of the Bureau of National Affairs, a District-based specialty publisher.

He was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda and served on its parish council. He also devoted his time to the Catholic Youth Organization, serving as a coach of youth sports. He was an usher at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

A Bethesda resident for 30 years, he was born in Scranton, Pa., and raised there and in Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and later graduated cum laude from the University of Scranton.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Betsy McIntyre of Bethesda; eight children, Christopher McIntyre of Germantown, Jennifer Graham of College Park, Jim McIntyre of Reston, Michael McIntyre of Ashburn, Joseph McIntyre of Bethesda, Donna Owens of Kensington and Peter McIntyre and John McIntyre, both of Sterling; a sister, Sally Velehoski of Chantilly; two stepbrothers, Gus Titus of California and Lewis Titus of Scranton; and ten grandchildren.

Sheila M. Williams

Labor Department Officer

Sheila M. Williams, 52, the acting director for federal employees compensation in the office of workers compensation programs at the Labor Department's Employment Standards Administration, died Sept. 9 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.

Ms. Williams, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Washington. She attended the Academy of Notre Dame and graduated from Trinity College. She received a master's degree in education and rehabilitation counseling from George Washington University.

In 1974, she began her career at the Department of Labor, where her specialties included programs for disabled persons, vocational rehabilitation and compensation for federal employees.

In 1990, she became deputy director for federal employees compensation.

Earlier this year, she became acting director for federal employees compensation.

She had received National Performance Review Hammer Awards for expediting compensation payments to injured workers and for handling of workers' compensation cases for victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Ms. Williams received 10 performance awards for excellent stewardship.

Survivors include her husband, Rod Ferrell of Falls Church; two stepchildren, Chris and Kelly Ferrell of Tucson; two sisters, Catherine Sutton of Columbia and Helen Nolan of Silver Spring; and a brother, David Williams of Columbia.

Sophia M. "Sonya" Smith

Poet and Stage Manager

Sophia M. "Sonya" Smith, 40, a native Washingtonian who in recent years had been a stage manager in New York and a writer of poetry, died of heart disease Aug. 28 at her home in New York.

Ms. Smith attended Georgetown Day School and graduated from the Field School in Washington.

She attended Richmond College in London, Hunter College and Columbia University in New York.

She did stage managing, lighting, set and sound design for live stage and television productions in New York, and she also wrote poetry and short stories.

Survivors include her companion, Norman Berger of New York; her parents, Peter and Ludmila Smith of Washington; one brother, Oliver Smith of Washington; and three sisters, Karen and Nina Smith, both of Washington and Tanya Stenson of Scituate, Mass.

Julia Melcher HeaveyArmy Wife and Equestrienne

Julia Melcher Heavey, 99, an Army officer's wife who accompanied her husband to military posts around the world when he was on active duty, died of heart ailments Sept. 7 in Easton, Md., where she had lived for the past five years.

Mrs. Heavey, who had lived in Washington for 50 years before moving to Maryland's Eastern Shore, was born in Boston.

As a young woman she had a brief acting career on the New York stage before her marriage in 1918 to William F. Heavey, an Army officer who retired as a brigadier general. They met on a blind date at the 1917 Army-Navy football game. He died in 1978.

During World War II, Mrs. Heavey worked the Red Cross switchboard at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, and in this capacity she had infrequent conversations with her husband, who was then serving in the Pacific.

She was a skilled horsewoman who participated in jumps and steeplechases.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was an authority on early New England genealogy.

Survivors include a son, William F. Heavey Jr. of Bethesda, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Another son, John Melcher Heavey, died in July of this year.

Marshall Allen Kaplan


Marshall Allen Kaplan, 70, an economist who for 10 years was senior vice president of Kaplan, Smith & Associates economic consultants, died of pneumonia Sept. 10 at Georgetown University Hospital. He had Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Kaplan, who lived in Washington, was born in Chicago. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology and received a doctorate in economics at the University of Chicago.

He taught at Williams College before moving to Washington in 1961 to serve on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Later, he was director of the office of economic research at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.

In 1980, he left federal service to form Kaplan, Smith & Associates. He retired there in 1990.

He was a charter member of the Senior Executive Service. He received the President's Meritorious Achievement Award in 1980 and a Distinguished Service Award in 1977.

Survivors include his wife Carol Green Kaplan of Washington, and two children, Robert A. Kaplan of Washington and Elizabeth D. Kaplan of Austin.