Geneva B. Olds


Geneva B. Olds, 92, who ran a clothing store for almost half a century, died of a stroke Sept. 16 at Sleepy Hollow Nursing Home in Falls Church.

Ms. Olds owned and operated the Combination Shop in Silver Spring from 1942 until her retirement in 1990.

A resident of Silver Spring from the time she opened her shop until moving to Falls Church four years ago, Ms. Olds was a former president of the Business and Professional Women's Club and had been president of Zonta International, also a professional group for women.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Ms. Olds was born in Kansas and was raised on a farm in Boynton, Okla. She worked as a seamstress to pay for her college tuition at Northeastern State Teachers College in Oklahoma, where she received a bachelor's degree in home economics in 1930. She continued sewing while at Oklahoma State University, where she graduated in 1936 with a master's degree in fine arts.

After teaching in Oklahoma and then moving to the Washington area, she worked for the Office of Price Administration during World War II. The administration gave her a War Service Award for her work on its board.

For the two decades after the war, she was the flotilla commander for the Coast Guard Auxiliary of the 5th Coast Guard District.

In retirement, she was a member of the Silver Spring Garden Club.

Her hobbies included painting.

She is survived by eight siblings, Wanda Nolan of Falls Church, Victor Olds of Sandy Spring, Viola Gilley of Winfield, Kan., Howard C. Olds of Brookfield, Mo., Emma Corbett of Claremore, Okla., Arliss Olds of Tulsa, Larine Davenport of Stockton, Calif., and Elaine Swanson of Greenbush, Mich.

Linscott A. 'Scott' Hall

Air Force General

Linscott A. "Scott" Hall, 86, an Air Force brigadier general who retired in 1970 as commander of the Technical Applications Center in Alexandria, died of respiratory failure Sept. 16 at DeWitt Hospital at Fort Belvoir. He had lived at the Fairfax.

Gen. Hall spent much of his career in intelligence work, serving in Washington, Tokyo, and Europe, where he was intelligence chief for the U.S. commander. He served with the Army during World War II as an antiaircraft officer on Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's staff in England and North Africa. He also commanded an anti-aircraft battalion in Italy.

Gen. Hall was born in McAlester, Okla. He attended Washington University and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

After he retired, he was business manager of Holton-Arms School, where he was a trustee and a substitute teacher.

His honors included the Army and Air Force Distinguished Service medals, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal.

Among his interests was wood wildlife sculpture, which he exhibited in art shows in Maryland and Maine, where he had a summer home. His prize-winning work was shown by the Rockville and Rehobeth art leagues and other organizations.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Hall of Fort Belvoir; three children, Robin Hansen of West Bath, Maine, Laurie Terry of Keedysville, Md., and Linscott E. Hall of New Market, Md.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mattie A. Pinette

Energy Official

Mattie A. Pinette, 96, who retired in 1964 as chief of the employee development branch of the Atomic Energy Commission, died of heart disease Aug. 27 at home in Washington.

Ms. Pinette was born in Fort Kent, Maine, and attended a business college in Bangor. She graduated from American University.

In 1923, she came to Washington and began her federal career with the Bureau of Weights and Measures. She joined the Civil Aeronautics Board in 1929 and remained with that agency until 1942 when she joined the Women's Army Corps.

Her military service included duty at the conference of Allied leaders at Casablanca. Later, she was personal secretary to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in London.

She was discharged from the WACs as a lieutenant colonel in 1946 and began working at the Atomic Energy Commission, where she remained until retirement.

Her military decorations included a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal.

She was active with women's organizations at American University and had done fund-raising for scholarships.

She was a member of St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church in Washington.

Survivors include a sister, Sister Jean Marie Pinette of the Ursuline Order of Dedham, Mass.

Robert Frank Masciarelli

Salesman and Manager

Robert Frank Masciarelli, 69, a retail salesman and manager for nearly four decades at a home appliance store in the Marlow Heights section of Prince George's County, died of respiratory failure Sept. 18 at Laurel Regional Hospital.

Before retiring in 1995, Mr. Masciarelli saw the store where he worked change ownership several times, from Sun Radio to George's to Luskins. He was a manager at Sun Radio and George's.

Mr. Masciarelli was born in Philadelphia and raised in Washington, where he lived until moving to New Carrollton 38 years ago.

From 1949 to 1953, he served in the Air Force and spent time in Korea during the Korean War.

He graduated from Southeastern University in the District in 1961.

His hobbies included listening to opera.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen Gannon Masciarelli of New Carrollton; five daughters, Gina M. Schmidt of New Carrollton, Eva C. Ott of Columbia, Cathryn Masciarelli of Milton, Del., Dorothy Norris of Seabrook and Roberta Haut of Churchton; eight grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.

Raymond Earl Gore

Leesburg Resident

Raymond Earl Gore, 72, a Leesburg resident for nearly six decades and a cousin of Vice President Gore, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 19 at the home of a family friend in Stephens City, Va.

Mr. Gore was born in Leesburg and lived there until about 15 years ago, when he moved to Stephens City.

An accident at birth left Mr. Gore mentally disabled, but he graduated from Leesburg High School in 1945 and was a member of Leesburg Baptist Church most of his life.

He loved watching sports.

He leaves no immediate survivors.