Coy M. Ivy

FBI Agent

Coy M. Ivy, 77, a special agent who retired from the FBI in 1975 and then was an investigator for the Virginia State Police, died of kidney failure Oct. 2 at the Leewood Nursing Home in Springfield. He lived in Springfield.

Mr. Ivy, a native of Mifflin, Tenn., began with the FBI as a clerk prior to World War II. During the war, he served in the Army as a military police officer in England and Norway. He graduated from Southeastern University and was assigned to the Buffalo office of the FBI.

Later assignments included the Chicago and Washington field offices, where he worked on bank robbery cases, and a posting to the State Department as an investigator for the Foreign Building Services. He retired as an investigator with the House Appropriations Committee.

After he retired, he was a special agent in the Culpeper office of the Virginia State Police for eight years.

He was a member of the Association of Former Special Agents of the FBI and St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale.

His wife of 55 years, Cecilia K. Ivy, died last November.

Survivors include two children, Dr. Gregory Ivy of Springfield and Dana Ivy of Boston, and two grandchildren.

James Hallett Baker


James Hallett Baker, 65, a retired salesman, died Oct. 2 at his home in Edgewater. He had heart ailments.

Mr. Baker was born in Annapolis and grew up on a family farm. He graduated from Annapolis High School and attended the University of Maryland for two years. From 1954 to 1956, he served in the Army.

During his working career, Mr. Baker was a salesman for Nationwide Insurance, Universal/Koon's Ford, Lakewood Memorial Gardens and Southern Maryland Aluminum, where he retired about five years ago.

He was president of the Commode Mayo Kiwanis Club, a coach of the Mayo Kiwanis boys baseball team and a founder of the Mayo Athletic Association.

His marriage to Priscilla Huber ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, Deborah Voorhees Schneider of Davidsonville, Walter Baker of Gaffney, S.C., Jeffrey Baker of Edgewater and Susan Baker of Waldorf; and five grandchildren.

Elizabeth G. Leon


Elizabeth G. Leon, 86, a painter who established a scholarship at American University to aid female artists with their education, died Sept. 28 at her home in Arlington of respiratory failure.

Mrs. Leon started the scholarship in 1994 in memory of her husband. It is now worth $118,000.

Mrs. Leon was born in Austria and moved to St. Louis in the 1920s. She took art classes and exhibited her abstract landscapes in St. Louis. She moved to Arlington more than half a century ago.

Her husband of more than 50 years, Theodore Leon, died in 1993.

She is survived by two sisters.

Robert P. Lowden


Robert P. Lowden, 81, a contractor who specialized in the preservation and renovation of old buildings, died Sept. 24 at the Veterans Hospital in Washington. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Lowden, who lived in Temple Hills, was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Atlantic City. He served in the Navy during World War II.

After the war, he was a civilian employee of the Navy Department, where his duties included helping Navy officers and their families move in and out of the Washington area. He also helped establish the Navy museum at the Washington Navy Yard.

In the 1960s, he retired from federal service and became self-employed as a preservation and renovation contractor. He continued this work until his death.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Blanche I. Lowden of Temple Hills; two children, Patricia Starks of Temple Hills and Mary Ann Rose of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son, Thomas R. Lowden, died in 1997.

James Patrick McMahon Jr.

Real Estate Agent

James Patrick McMahon Jr., 75, a former real estate agent in the District, died Oct. 3 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney of cardiac arrest. He had lived in Wheaton for more than half a century.

Mr. McMahon retired from the District firm W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors in the late 1980s as a property management director. He worked at Miller for more than three decades.

Mr. McMahon was born and raised in Washington and joined the Navy during World War II. After serving in a few PT squadrons in the Pacific, he returned to the District and began his real estate career.

Mr. McMahon was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Church in Wheaton for more than 40 years and also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the Wheaton Rescue Squad.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Roberta McMahon of Wheaton; two sons, James Patrick III, of Lake Ridge, and Robert, of McLean; four daughters, Lynda Huguley of Laytonsville, Patricia Ambrose of Oak Hill, Debra Marinelli of Hagerstown and Jo Ellen McMullen of Carmel, Ind.; 16 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and three brothers, John, of Silver Spring, Gene, of Rockville, and Michael, of Bethesda.

James M. Schneider

Housing Analyst

James M. Schneider, 61, a former mortgage market analyst at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, died Sept. 24 at Geer Nursing Home in Canaan, Conn., of liver disease. He had lived at the nursing home for two months and in Salisbury, Conn., for the last year.

Mr. Schneider, whose speciality was real estate market and housing statistics, retired from HUD in 1994. He started in 1967 as an intern at the Federal Housing Administration.

Mr. Schneider was born in Chicago. He graduated in 1960 from Loyola University with a bachelor's degree in English and history and received a master's degree in systems management from George Washington University in the mid-1970s.

Mr. Schneider lived in Arlington for more than two decades before moving to Connecticut.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ann Sartori of Salisbury, and a brother, Joseph E. Schneider of Arlington.

Ellen K. Donahay


Ellen K. Donahay, 93, a retired secretary who had worked for 40 years in federal agencies and private law offices, died of heart ailments Oct. 1 at the Alden Eldercare facility in Columbia.

Mrs. Donahay was born in Washington and graduated from St. Cecilia's Academy and from the Washington School for Secretaries.

She retired in 1979. Her career included service as a secretary for the Subversive Control Board and as an administrative assistant in the Nixon White House.

Mrs. Donahay, a former resident of Capitol Hill, moved to the Heartlands retirement facility in Ellicott City five years ago.

Her husband, Dr. William B. Donahay, died in 1943.

Survivors include a daughter, Ellen D. York of Columbia, and nine grandchildren.

Betty Dix Kirley


Betty Dix Kirley, 79, a retired educator who had been active in Rockville Unitarian Church since moving to this area six years ago, died of cancer Oct. 3 at Wilson Healthcare Center in Gaithersburg.

Mrs. Kirley was born in Ogden, Utah, and graduated from Washington State University.

She worked for 22 years for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a teacher and school administrator on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona, then retired to Tempe, Ariz., where she lived for 13 years before moving to Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.

Her marriage to William J. Kirley ended in divorce.

Survivors include a sister, Dena Robinson of Asbury Methodist Village.

Peter A. Salsbury

Electrical Contractor

Peter A. Salsbury, 68, owner of Salsbury Electric Co., died of lung cancer Oct. 1 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in La Plata.

Mr. Salsbury was born in Beaumont, Tex., and came to Washington as an infant. He attended Coolidge High School and served in the Navy.

He was an electrician before going into business in 1968 as co-owner of Salsbury and Frick Electric Co. in Beltsville. He had had his own firm since 1973, serving commercial and government customers.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Plata.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Salsbury of La Plata; four children, Peter Salsbury III of Rockville, Susan Farrell of Pomfret, Cathy Thorn of Waldorf and Karen Flamm of Sterling; six sisters, Dotty Geisler of Silver Spring, Lois Campbell and Bernice Fones, both of Bethesda, Elinor Cox and Betty Baker, both of Burtonsville, and Edna Steinour of Gettysburg, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

Fermin V. Barreyro

Busman & Sales Clerk

Fermin V. Barreyro, 77, a former sales clerk at the J.C. Murphy store in Washington and a busman at a Hot Shoppes restaurant, died of prostate cancer Oct. 2 at the Hospice of Washington.

Mr. Barreyro was born in the Philippines. He was a legislative aide in Manila before coming to the United States and settling in Washington 30 years ago.

He worked at J.C. Murphy for about four years before retiring about 20 years ago. Earlier, he had been a busman at the Hot Shoppes.

His marriage to Fortunata Barreyro ended in divorce.

Survivors include five children and 11 grandchildren.

Raymond L. Price

Boiler Mechanic

Raymond L. Price, 76, a boiler mechanic who retired in 1987 after about 25 years with J.E. Hurley Machine and Boiler Works in Washington, died of lung cancer Oct. 6 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Price, a native of Arlington, served in the Army in Germany during World Ward II. After the war, he worked for Chestnut Farms Dairy as a mechanical engineer.

He was a member of the Brotherhood of Boilermakers.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Jean E. Price of Alexandria; two children, Raymond L. Price Jr. of Fredericksburg, Va., and Michael G. Price of Alexandria; a brother, Robert F. Price of Springfield; and three grandchildren.

Horace W. 'Bill' Kruger

IBM Manager

Horace W. "Bill" Kruger, 67, a retired IBM manager whose career included specialization in federal systems and compensation, died of cancer Sept. 27 at home in Potomac.

Mr. Kruger was born in La Grange, Ill. He graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in mechanical engineering and marine engineering. After college he served in the Navy, where he suffered serious injuries in a training accident and was in a body cast for a year.

After a discharge on disability he took a master's degree in business administration at Michigan, then in 1959 joined IBM. He worked for the company in Armonk, N.Y., and in Houston before settling in the Washington area 25 years ago.

He retired from IBM in December 1988.

He was a member of the Izaak Walton League.

His marriage to Jean Kruger ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Lore D. Kruger of Potomac; their son, Eric W. Kruger of Atlanta; a son from his first marriage, Paul A. Kruger of San Francisco; two stepchildren, Daniel Hennessy of Bradenton, Fla., and Charlene Hennessy Whitaker of Germantown; and six grandchildren. A stepdaughter, Lore Ann Hennessy Kruger, died in 1976.