Jeune Elizabeth Jaffe


Jeune Elizabeth Jaffe, 61, a custom florist who did flower arrangements for the Library of Congress, various embassies and other public institutions as well for private clients, died of cancer Sept. 7 at her home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Jaffe was a native of New Zealand. She studied flower arranging there and in London. From 1961 to 1965, she was an au pair with an American diplomatic family stationed in Moscow.

While there, she married Sam Jaffe, the ABC bureau chief in Moscow, and in 1965, she accompanied him to a new assignment in Hong Kong. They lived there until 1969, when they moved to the Washington area.

Mrs. Jaffe established her business in the early 1970s and ran it from her home under the name Jeune Jaffe Flowers. She never retired. Over the years, she arranged flowers for the British Embassy for a visit by Queen Elizabeth in 1975 and for the Library of Congress, which held a reception for the queen in 1991. Other clients included the State Department, the International Monetary Fund and the Women's Museum.

"I like to seem as if I went to a magical garden and picked some flowers for the customer," she told an interviewer.

Her husband died in 1985. Survivors include two daughters, Leah Jaffe of Bethesda and Deborah Jaffe of New York; and a brother.

Gillian Andrews Norton

Army Wife

Gillian Andrews Norton, 53, the wife of a retired Army colonel who had lived in the Washington area on and off since 1978, died of breast cancer Sept. 11 at her home in Washington.

She married Stephen Ross Norton in 1972 and accompanied him to military attache assignments in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.

In the Washington area, she had served on the board of the Arts Club of Washington. She was a member of the Camerata of the Washington Opera, the Army Wives Club of Greater Washington, the Fort McNair Catholic congregation and St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Washington.

Mrs. Norton, who was born in London, was a magna cum laude graduate of George Washington University and an honors graduate in Turkish of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. She spoke Turkish, Greek and French.

During the 15 years she spent accompanying her husband abroad, her work as a diplomatic hostess was cited by an Army chief of staff, a Defense Intelligence Agency director and several American ambassadors.

She also had taught English as a second language while overseas.

In addition to her husband, of Washington, survivors include two sisters. A daughter, Stephanie Hazel Norton, died in 1980.

Michael J. Foley

Food Salesman

Michael J. Foley, 73, a retired salesman with the Walter Lehman Co., a food brokerage, and a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars,died Sept. 8 at the Veterans Hospital in Washington. He had a liver ailment.

Mr. Foley, a resident of College Park, was born in Mahanoy City, Pa. During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific. He moved to the Washington area in 1952. He began his career with the Walter Lehman Co. in the early 1950s and retired in 1982.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Livia F. Foley of College Park; eight children, Eileen Knieriem, Brian Foley and Michael Foley, all of Laurel; Livia Drescher of Davidsonville, Kevin Foley of Silver Spring, Maureen Carter of Bowie, Annette Foley of College Park, and Sharon Foley of Greenbelt; a sister, Eleanor Kaier of Titusville, Fla.; two brothers, Martin Foley of Dearborn, Mich., and John Foley of Crofton, Pa., and 12 grandchildren.

Donald Banford Moore Sr.

Commerce Official

Donald Banford Moore Sr., 76, who worked for the Commerce Department for 15 years before retiring in 1978 as director of its office of administrative services, died of pneumonia Sept. 8 at a hospital in Gettysburg, Pa. He had prostate cancer.

In addition to his work at Commerce, he also was a representative to NATO in Brussels in 1973.

Mr. Moore, who lived in Washington from 1963 to 1978, was a recipient of the Commerce Department's highest award, the Gold Medal. He also received a Presidential Rank Award in 1971.

Mr. Moore was a 1943 government and law graduate of Lafayette College in his native Pennsylvania and received a master's degree in public administration from Wayne State University in Michigan.

From the mid-1940s until the early 1950s, he taught history and government in secondary schools in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Maryland. He then was a school administrator in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before moving to Washington.

After he retired, he kept pet horses and lived in Gettysburg.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jacqueline, of Gettysburg; two daughters, Elizabeth Moses of North Potomac and Jacqueline Moore of Littlestown, Pa.; two sons, Donald Jr., of Wheaton, and Christopher, of Gaithersburg; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Ruth Piper White


Ruth Piper White, 78, who was a teacher at Forest Heights Elementary School in Oxon Hill for about 10 years until 1982, died of breast cancer Aug. 21 at her home in Arlington.

Mrs. White, who had lived in the Washington area since 1960, was born in Germany. Her family came to this country when she was a teenager. They settled in New Jersey, where her father took a teaching position at Princeton University.

After graduating from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., she studied occupational therapy at the University of Pennsylvania and was a therapist at Trenton State Hospital in Trenton, N.J.

While devoting much of her time to raising a family in the 1950s and 1960s, she was active in women's rights issues, civil rights and nuclear disarmament campaigns. In 1972, she received a master's degree in education from the University of Virginia.

Survivors include her husband, John K. White of Arlington; three sons, Christopher, of Joshua Tree, Calif., Thomas, of Cary, N.C., and Harold White of Washington; a brother; and a grandson.

Bryan F. LaPlante

Legislative Office Director

Bryan F. LaPlante, 83, who retired from the Interior Department in 1977 as director of the office of legislation for congressional affairs, died of renal failure Sept. 9 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. LaPlante had been staff director of the Senate Republican Policy Committee when he joined the Interior Department in 1969 as commissioner of the water pollution control administration.

After serving in the Army during World War II and as a security official with the Manhattan Project, he worked for the Atomic Energy Commission, first as its director of security operations and then as its congressional liaison officer. He also was an associate of Joyce & Fisher, a legislative consulting firm in Boston and Washington and director of Mitre Corp.'s legislative office.

He was a native of St. Louis and a graduate of Washington University.

He was a member of the Army Navy Country Club, the American Society of Industrial Security, the Capitol Hill Club and the American Legion.

His first wife, Helen LaPlante, died in 1968 and his second wife, Dorothea "Sonny" LaPlante, died in 1993.

There are no immediate survivors.