Richard H. Kennington

Philosophy Professor

Richard H. Kennington, 78, a retired Catholic University philosophy professor whose area of speciality was political philosophy and the works of Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes, died of kidney failure Sept. 10 at the Genesis Elder Care Spa Creek nursing facility in Annapolis.

A former College Park and Washington resident, he lived in Annapolis since his retirement in 1991 from Catholic University, where he had taught for 16 years.

He began his teaching career in 1960, when he joined the faculty of Pennsylvania State University. He taught there for 15 years and was a tutor at St. John's College in Annapolis from 1962 to 1964. He also was a visiting professor at Georgetown University, Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and Boston College.

Born Worcester, Mass., he spent part of his childhood in China with his missionary parents. He was an economics graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and a political philosophy student at the University of Chicago's committee on social thought. He studied at the Sorbonne in 1954 and 1955 and received a doctorate in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York in 1966.

His marriage to Alice Eve Kennington, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Pamela Kraus of Annapolis; a daughter from his first marriage, Ellinor Michel of Amsterdam; two brothers; and three sisters.

Nancy Hanck Woodward

CIA Librarian

Nancy Hanck Woodward, 72, who as chief librarian at the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1980s oversaw the transition of the library's databases to an online system, died Sept. 8 at Northern Virginia Community Hospital in Arlington after a heart attack.

Before her career with the CIA, from which she retired in 1988, Mrs. Woodward had been a dancer. As a child in Washington, Mrs. Woodward was an acrobatic dancer and performed on local stages, once even for an audience that included first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. She would later dance during local war-bond drives and other morale-building exercises of World War II.

She was a 1948 political science graduate of George Washington University, where she also received a master's degree in international relations. She also had served as editor of the school paper.

Mrs. Woodward started working at the CIA in 1949 as a reference librarian. Starting in the early 1950s, she took off more than a decade to have children and accompany her husband, a CIA personnel officer, to his posting in Taiwan from 1960 to 1963. In Taiwan, she was a member of the Taiwan International Women's Club.

A few years after settling in Arlington in 1963, Mrs. Woodward became a CIA librarian. She rose to chief of reference, and by the early 1980s was the head librarian.

Mrs. Woodward was proficient in Spanish, German, Italian and Mandarin. After her retirement, she volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence G. Woodward of Arlington; two sons, Lawrence W. "Chip," of Alexandria, and Garry H., of Woodbridge; and four grandchildren.

Jacob Rabinow

NBS Engineer and Official

Jacob Rabinow, 89, a retired National Bureau of Standards engineer and official who also had worked in private industry and held a variety of patents, died Sept. 11 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had cancer.

Mr. Rabinow, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Russia and lived in China before coming to the United States in 1921. He settled in New York, where he was a 1933 engineering graduate of City College of New York. He also received a master's degree in electrical engineering from CCNY.

In 1934, he came to Washington as a mechanical engineer with the Bureau of Standards, becoming chief of the electromechanical ordnance division before leaving the government to form his own engineering company in 1954.

A decade later, his company was purchased by Control Data. He became a vice president of Control Data and head of the Rabinow Advanced Development Laboratory. He remained with Control Data until 1972. During those years, he also sold another company he had founded.

He rejoined the Bureau of Standards in 1972, and he became chief research engineer in its national engineering laboratory before retiring in 1989. He then did consulting work. He received 230 patents for mechanical and electrical devices.

Over the years, he received numerous awards for his scientific research, including the President's Certificate of Merit and awards from the Bureau of Standards and the Commerce and War departments. He also received awards from such private groups as the American Patent Law Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Mr. Rabinow had been a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Cosmos Club, the Philosophical Society of Washington. He was a fellow of the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Audio Engineering Society.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Gladys, of Bethesda; two daughters, Clare Rabinow of Boston and Jean Rabinow of Trumbull, Conn.; and a grandson.

William Mills Foulks

Motorola Official

William Mills Foulks, 79, who worked for Motorola Corp. for 42 years before retiring in 1995 as its Washington operations director, died Sept. 12 at Washington Hospital Center after a heart attack. He lived in Rockville.

Mr. Foulks, who had lived in the Washington area since 1969, made his career in Motorola's Government Electronics Group. He had worked in its engineering, contract and program management and marketing operations.

He also was active in trade groups, serving as chairman of both the legislative committee and the government procurement relations council of the Electronics Industry Association. He also had chaired the legislative, procurement and contract management committee of the National Security Industrial Association. He also had served as president of NSIA's Washington Representatives, and was a recipient of the association's Howard W. Cork Award.

In 1982, Mr. Foulks served on the Reagan Private Sector Survey for Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission.

Mr. Foulks, a Milwaukee native, was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

His hobbies included gardening, tennis, music, photography and computers.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Della Hicks Foulks of Rockville; four daughters, Pamela Wincup of Bethesda, Ginger Janes of Rockville, Deborah Cascarano of Lake Bluff, Ill., and Jody Chambers of San Diego; a sister; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Nancy McDonald Beyer

Advocate for Retarded

Nancy McDonald Beyer, 73, an advocate for retarded and mentally disabled persons and a former president of the Association of Retarded Citizens of Northern Virginia, died Sept. 12 at her home in Falls Church. She had myeloproliferative disorder, a blood disease.

Mrs. Beyer was born in White Plains, N.Y. She moved to Washington in the early 1930s and graduated in 1943 from Western High School. She attended George Washington University and graduated from Barnard College in New York in 1947.

As an advocate for retarded and mentally disabled persons, Mrs. Beyer was a founder and trustee of the Foundation of the ARC of Northern Virginia and a member of the Coalition for the Mentally Disabled.

She served on the board of directors of the Langley Residential Support Services and of the Sheltered Occupational Center in Arlington.

She was a lector and prefect of the Sodality at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Washington.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Donald S. Beyer of Falls Church; six children, Mike Beyer and Kathy Beyer, both of Falls Church, Sandy Beyer of Richmond, Weetie Hill of Vienna, Sherry Beyer of Fairfax and former Virginia lieutenant governor Don Beyer Jr. of Alexandria; and 13 grandchildren.