William A. Vogan

Broadcast Engineer

William A. Vogan, 61, a broadcast engineer who retired in 1995 from CBS in Washington, died of cancer Oct. 11 at Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Vogan, who lived in Owings, was a native of New Castle, Pa., and was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He began his career in the early 1960s at the University of Maryland, where he designed the student television station and supervised its construction.

After joining CBS in 1967, he worked in the news and sports divisions.

His hobbies included ham radio operation, gardening and fishing.

His first wife, Norma Vogan, died in 1973. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Vogan of Owings; two children from his first marriage, Scott Vogan of St. Leonard and Cindy Vogan Amato of Bethesda; and three grandchildren.

Elinor F. McCormick Mills

Cathedral Volunteer

Elinor Francis McCormick Mills, 79, a volunteer at the National Cathedral who had worked as a secretary for the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1950s, died of cancer Oct. 13 at her home in Washington.

She was a native of Wilmington, Del., and a graduate of Wheaton College. She served in the Waves during World War II, when she first lived in Washington.

Mrs. Mills accompanied her husband, Wallace A. Mills, to CIA posts in Germany, France, Colombia and Haiti.

She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase. Her honors included a Navy Commendation Medal.

In addition to her husband, of Washington, survivors include four children, David D. Mills and Letitia W. Mills, both of El Paso, Ann C. Mills of Silver Spring and Katherine L. Mills of Falls Church; and a brother, Robert L. McCormick of Silver Spring.

Helen Elliott Thore

Washington Native

Helen Elliott Thore, 96, a Washington native and former resident of Spring Valley, Silver Spring and Kensington, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 11 at an assisted living home in Carlsbad, Calif.

Mrs. Thore spent most of her life in the Washington area as a homemaker, devoting her energies to raising a family. She volunteered for charity groups, including the reading for the blind organizations.

She moved to Bath, Maine in 1994 and relocated to Carlsbad, Calif., in July.

Her husband of 59 years, Eugene M. Thore, died in 1992. Survivors include two children, Robert Torray of Washington and Janet Ghaly of Encinitas, Calif.; five granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.

Judy A. Gribble


Judy A. Gribble, 71, a Washington area resident off and on since 1956 who had done volunteer work in Bethesda, died Oct. 1 at Suburban Hospital after a stroke. She lived in Bethesda.

Over the years, she had done volunteer work at the Opportunity Shop, the Next to New Shop and Suburban Hospital.

Mrs. Gribble, a native of Berlin, was a civilian Army translator after World War II. She then came to the United States and married Marion L. Gribble, who became a State Department foreign service officer. She accompanied him to assignments in Europe and Asia.

Her husband died in 1985, and her eldest son, Don B., died in 1973. Survivors include a son, Mark K., of Berryville, Va.; two daughters, Kari A. David and Sharon M. Gribble, both of Gaithersburg; and three grandchildren.