Dennis John Hand


Dennis John Hand, 70, an internist who practiced in the Washington area for 33 years and retired in July, died of a heart attack Oct. 7 at Holy Cross Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

Dr. Hand was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and its medical school. He served in the Royal Navy.

He came to Washington 40 years ago to intern at Washington Hospital Center. He did a residency at Providence Hospital, where he was later chief of staff.

His marriages to JoAnn Hand and Chichio Hand ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Kirsten Thistle of Bethesda; two sons from his second marriage, Matthew Hand and Michael Hand, both of Silver Spring; a brother; two sisters; and a granddaughter.

John Murchake

Subscription Manager

John Murchake, 77, a former Silver Spring resident who worked for Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc. for 35 years before retiring in 1982 as a subscription fulfillment manager, died of cancer Oct. 7 at his daughter's home in Lakeland, Fla.

Mr. Murchake was a Washington native who lived in the District before moving to Stuart, Fla., upon his retirement from the Hyattsville publishing firm.

He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and American University. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and was a pilot in the 4th Fighter Group.

Active in marketing organizations and postal committees to improve mail delivery, he was a founder and past president of both the Direct Marketing Association of Washington and the Washington Metropolitan Postal Customers Council.

He also was past industry chairman of the National Advisory Board to the Smithsonian Postal History Museum founding committee and past president of the National Postal Forum board of directors.

His wife, Evelyn Graninger Murchake, died in 1989. Survivors include two children, Stephen J. Murchake of Silver Spring and Lynn Sangster of Lakeland; three sisters, Betty Ann Groves of Coral Springs, Fla., Cathy Bhisitkul of Lakeland and Patsy Rupp of Kensington; four brothers, Bob Murchake of Columbus, Ohio, George Murchake of North Wales, Pa., and Richard Murchake and David Murchake, both of Annapolis; and two granddaughters.

William G. McDonald

Air Force Colonel

William G. McDonald, 80, a retired Air Force colonel who had a second career in civilian government work, died of leukemia Oct. 3 at Suburban Hospital. He had lived in Chevy Chase since 1963.

He served in uniform for 27 years before retiring in 1970. He then was a budget analyst with the Office of Management and Budget, information systems director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and executive director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before retiring altogether in 1990.

Col. McDonald, who was born in Providence, R.I., was a graduate of the University of Tulsa and received a master's degree in political science from Columbia University. He joined the Army Air Forces in World War II. Over the years, his assignments included tours as a professor at the U.S. Military Academy and as political science department chairman at the U.S. Air Force Academy. His last military assignment was as administrative director of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence.

He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Agnes G., of Chevy Chase; three sons, William Jr., of Copake, N.Y., Francis L., of Silver Spring, and M. Brian, of Albuquerque; a daughter, Katherine McDonald Gibbons of Tampa, Fla.; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Florence H. Curley

Girl Scout Leader

Florence H. Curley, 77, a former librarian and Girl Scout leader, died of cardiovascular disease Oct. 6 at the home of a daughter in Rockville.

In the last year, Mrs. Curley, a librarian by training, had been diagnosed as having a psychiatric illness called normal pressure hydrocephalus. She had been conducting research for an article on the condition, which is often mistaken for Alzheimer's disease.

A Rockville resident since 1952, she was born in Pratt, Kan. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1942, she spent two years at the University of Chicago doing graduate work in oriental philosophy.

She came to Washington in 1947, then worked for a D.C. public library for a couple of years before devoting her attention to raising her family and volunteering at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockville, where she was the organist.

She was active in Montgomery County Girl Scout organizations from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Her husband, Michael J. Curley, died in 1975. Survivors include six children, Paula Schroen of Stayton, Ore., Christine Curley of Galway, Ireland, Michael Curley of Gaithersburg and Joan Craig, Rose Breidenbaugh and Mara Curley, all of Rockville; four sisters, Dorothy Bales of Pratt, Kan., Flossie Moorhead of Lincoln, Neb., Ruth Lord of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Keo O'Rourke of Smith Center, Kan.; a brother, Ben Helmke of Vail, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Dennis M. Sullivan


Dennis M. Sullivan, 61, a Howard County dentist who helped establish a forensic dental team in Maryland trained in mass disaster body identification, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 5 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Dr. Sullivan was co-chairman of the dental group known as the Forensic Dentistry Committee, formed in 1990 by the Maryland State Dental Association. Among its work was the identification of victims in the 1996 fiery train crash in Silver Spring.

A Columbia resident, he was born in Orange, N.J., and raised in North Augusta, S.C. He was a graduate of Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., and received a degree in dentistry from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland.

After serving two years in the Navy, he opened a private dental practice in Simpsonville in 1964.

He was past president and secretary treasurer of the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners and past president of the Howard County Dental Society.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, boating and collecting Lionel trains.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rosemary Hoffmann of Columbia; two daughters, Karin Lipski of Dundalk, Md., and Leslie Nilsen of Silver Spring; a sister, Suzanne Sullivan of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

Lorraine B. Malphrus

First-Grade Teacher

Lorraine B. Malphrus, 82, a former Annapolis resident and career first-grade teacher who retired in 1980 after 12 years at Edgar Allan Poe Elementary School in Suitland, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 7 at her home in Denton, Md.

Mrs. Malphrus was a native of Seattle and a graduate of Seattle Pacific College. She taught at a Seattle elementary school before settling in Annapolis in 1966. She resided in Annapolis for 32 years before moving to Denton this past year.

Her husband, Manley L. Malphrus, died in 1986.

Survivors include two children, Mark E. Malphrus of Denton and Marilee C. Simons of Oakland; a sister; and two grandchildren.

William J. Flynn

CIA Officer

William J. Flynn, 78, an intelligence and communications officer with the Central Intelligence Agency from 1952 to 1973, died Oct. 9 at Inova Rehabilitation Center in Fairfax after a stroke. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Flynn, a native of Stockbridge, Mass., served with the Army Air Forces in the China-Burma-India theater in World War II. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese and escaped captivity. Later in the 1940s and early 1950s, he worked as a radio operator aboard TWA planes out of New York.

He came to the Washington area in 1957. After retiring from the CIA, he spent about a year teaching radio communications to the Iranian Air Force in Iran. He then returned to the Washington area.

Mr. Flynn was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church and the Central Intelligence Retired Association.

Survivors include a sister.

Donald E. Craig

Navy Commander

Donald E. Craig, 74, a retired Navy commander who started two consulting businesses in Springfield, died Oct. 9 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of cardiac arrest.

Mr. Craig, a Springfield resident for three decades, retired from the Navy in 1967. He was a gunnery officer during the Korean War and received a Bronze Star with Combat "V."

From 1970 to 1990, he founded and was president of two now-defunct, Springfield-based management consulting businesses specializing in computers, American Planning Corp. and Hitech of Virginia.

During the mid-1960s, he worked in the Navy Department's bureau of ships.

Mr. Craig was born in Sidney, Neb., and in 1949 graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. In 1954, he received a master's degree in naval architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jeanne H. Craig, of Springfield; two daughters, Barbara C. Woods of Kensington and Susan J. Sawyer of Fairfax Station; a sister; and two grandchildren.