Dorothy 'Happy' Ryder

Antiques Show Organizer

Dorothy "Happy" Ryder, 72, who helped organize antiques shows in Old Town Alexandria and who managed the thrift shop of the women's auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital, died of cancer Oct. 12 at her Alexandria home.

Mrs. Ryder was a native of Grosse Pointe, Mich., who had lived in the Washington area since 1950. She was a member of the Alexandria Garden Club and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria. She helped establish the Mothers Club at St. Stephen's School for Boys and was a founder of the Alexandria Wolfepack charitable group.

Survivors include her husband, Oscar P. Ryder of Alexandria; four children, Martha Ryder Gaines of Columbia, Elizabeth Ryder Watson and Oscar P. Ryder Jr., both of Alexandria, and Anne Ryder Willigerot of Camp Hill, Pa.; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Jay M. Totten Jr.

Bank Audit Clerk

Jay M. Totten Jr., 78, an audit clerk at Riggs National Bank for about half a century, died of cancer Oct. 10 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mr. Totten was born in the District and began working at Riggs after graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1940. After he retired in 1985, he worked part time at the bank's College Park operations center.

He served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Totten was president and social chairman of the Riggs National Bank Retiree Association, a member of National Presbyterian Church in Washington and a volunteer with the Adelphi Boys Club.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Dorothy R. Totten of Adelphi, and a son, Jay V. Totten of Sterling.

Patrick Walter Foley

Marine Officer, Budget Analyst

Patrick Walter Foley, 70, a former Marine Corps captain and budget analyst, died of cancer Oct. 11 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Foley was a native of Spokane, Wash., who attended Gonzaga University. He was in the Marine Corps from 1947 to 1961, serving in Korea with the engineer corps during the war there.

He was a budget analyst with the Navy Department until 1975 and a financial analyst with Arlington County until 1995.

Mr. Foley was a member of the National Rifle Association, First Marine Division, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Marine Corps Mustang Association and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Peggy Boyer Foley of Arlington; five sons, Michael Foley of Manassas, William Foley of Mount Crawford, Va., Robert Foley of Pink Hill, N.C., George Foley of Arlington and Brooks Foley of Chicago; a sister; a brother; and 12 grandchildren.

Dean P. Kohlhaas

Management Consultant

Dean P. Kohlhaas, 73, who retired in 1995 as a management consultant with the National Automobile Dealers Association, died of an abdominal aneurysm Oct. 8 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Fairfax.

Mr. Kohlhaas was a native of Algona, Iowa, and a graduate of Loras College in Iowa. He served in the Navy during World War II.

Early in his career, he was a regional manager for General Motors Corp. and eastern manager of Sales Follow-Up Co., a marketing company. He was with the auto dealers association for 14 years.

He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Annandale.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Jeanne Kohlhaas of Fairfax; a stepdaughter, Camille Porter of Arlington; a brother; and a granddaughter.

Jacky Yacher

Health Care Analyst, Volunteer

Jacky Yacher, 52, an analyst with the Health Care Financing Administration and activist for the mentally ill, died Oct. 4 at her home in Columbia. Determination of the cause of death is pending tests by the Maryland medical examiner.

Ms. Yacher had worked for the health care agency since 1980. Before that, she was a claims authorizer in Chicago with the Social Security Administration.

Ms. Yacher was born in Holyoke, Mass., and graduated in 1969 from Ohio State University.

She was president of the Mental Health Advisory Board and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Howard County, as well as of the Timberlane Community Association. She also was a member of Columbia Church of Religious Science, Well Mind Association and Chemical Sensitivities Disorders Association.

Survivors include her parents, Joseph Yacher and Stella Maslach Yacher, both of Leetonia, Ohio, a brother and a sister.

Laura Lank Blood


Laura Lank Blood, 81, an Alexandria resident who volunteered with youth and civic organizations, died of a heart attack Oct. 3 at a hospital in Boulder, Colo. She had collapsed at a hotel there after the wedding of a granddaughter.

Mrs. Blood was born in Wilmington, Del., and raised in Washington. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and Benjamin Franklin University. She worked for Riggs Bank as a young woman.

Mrs. Blood was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Civinettes and the Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association auxiliary. She volunteered with the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Methodist Youth Fellowship.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Dr. Harold Blood of Alexandria; three children, Dr. Stephen Blood of Alexandria, Susan Wilson of Oxford, Ohio, and Fred Blood of Austin; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Barry Elias Rivkin


Barry Elias Rivkin, 47, who opened his first Metropolis Bicycles store on Capitol Hill 20 years ago and later had a second shop in the Shirlington section of Arlington, died of pancreatic cancer Oct. 12 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Rivkin was a native of Staten Island, N.Y., and a graduate of Temple University. He managed a Big Wheel Bikes shop in Bethesda in the 1970s.

He was a member of Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Bonnie Garte Rivkin, and two daughters, Courtney Rivkin and Casey Rivkin, all of Alexandria; his parents, Abraham Rivkin and Naomi Rivkin, both of Staten Island; a brother; and a sister.

Alfred O. Roberts

Electrical Engineer

Alfred O. Roberts, 78, an electrical engineer who retired in 1993 after 28 years with the Navy Department, died of cancer Oct. 7 at the Casey House hospice in Rockville. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Roberts was born in Fair Haven, Vt. He was a graduate of Northeastern University. He served in the Navy during World War II.

After the war, he was a field service engineer for Navy contractors. He moved to the Washington area in 1962 and later retired from the Naval Sea Systems Command.

He was a member of Bethesda United Church of Christ and a volunteer with Bethesda Cares.

Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Frances M. Roberts of Bethesda; four children, Gail Lynne Roberts Zitnay of Columbia, Gary Owen Roberts of San Diego, Douglas Kenneth Roberts of Bethesda and Bonnie Jean Roberts of Laurel; a brother; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

Kenneth Askegren

Industrial Development Manager

Kenneth Askegren, 73, who retired in 1987 as an industrial development manager with the Norfolk Southern railroad company, died of liver failure Oct. 10 at Columbia Reston Hospital. He lived in Sterling.

Mr. Askegren was born in Revenna, Ky. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He joined Southern Railway as a secretary after the war and later was a commercial agent, district freight agent and sales manager in various cities. He moved to this area in 1970.

He was a member of the American Society of Traffic and Transportation.

His wife, Jacqueline Porter Askegren, died in 1996.

Survivors include four children, Robert Steven Askegren and James William Askegren, both of Sterling, Margaret Ann O'Mealia of Washington and John Pierce Askegren of Annandale; a brother; three sisters; and a grandson.

Eileen K. 'Peg' Francis


Eileen K. "Peg" Francis, 80, who retired in 1980 as head children's librarian at the Falls Church Library, died of lung cancer Oct. 9 at the Sunrise at Bluemont assisted-living facility in Arlington. She lived in Falls Church for nearly 50 years and also had a home in Palmyra, Va.

Mrs. Francis attended the University of Minnesota. Before moving to the Washington area in 1941, she worked for St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. in her native St. Paul. She was a secretary at the headquarters of the American Red Cross during World War II.

She went to work for the library in 1966, after working at Brentano's bookstores in Northern Virginia.

Mrs. Francis was a member of the Sodality at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, where she helped establish the school library.

Her husband, Charles J. Francis, died in 1990. A daughter, Eileen Scott, died in 1995.

Survivors include four children, Elizabeth McRaney of Falls Church, Colleen Van Atta of Pennsylvania, Patrick Francis of Philomont, Va., and Michaela Francis of Alexandria; and three grandchildren.

Ruth Commons Simkin


Ruth Commons Simkin, 94, who taught English at the District's Jefferson Junior High School while living in the Washington area in the 1960s, died of a heart ailment Oct. 10 at her home in Arlington. She returned to this area two years ago.

Mrs. Simkin was a native of Richmond, Ind., and a graduate of Earlham College. She taught in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania earlier in her career.

Her husband of 64 years, William Simkin, died in 1992.

Survivors include two sons, Tom Simkin of Arlington and Peter Simkin of Seattle.