William F. Brennan


William F. Brennan, 72, a retired Montgomery County educator who was principal of Eastern Middle School and Montgomery Blair and Robert E. Peary high schools, died of lung cancer Oct. 10 at his home in Bethesda.

Dr. Brennan was a principal in the 1960s and 1970s and retired in 1982 as a consultant to the board of education.

He was a native of Carbondale, Pa., and a graduate of the University of Scranton. He received a master's degree and a doctorate, both in education, from George Washington University.

Dr. Brennan began his career as a math teacher in the 1950s at Greenbelt Junior High School. He later taught at Eastern and Gaithersburg high schools, served as a counselor and was assistant principal at Leland and Newport junior high schools.

Dr. Brennan was a member of Phi Delta Kappa educational fraternity, the Irish American Cultural Institute, St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church in Bethesda, the National Education Association and AARP.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Clarissa Boylan Brennan of Bethesda; a daughter, Monica Brennan Smith of Rockville; two sisters, Mary Staples of Beltsville and Patricia Needham of Springfield; and two grandchildren.

Malcolm Douglas Harrison


Malcolm Douglas Harrison, 91, a doctor who ran a private practice in Washington from 1937 to 1977, died Sept. 24 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. He was a life-long Washington resident.

Dr. Harrison graduated from Central High School in 1925. He received his bachelor's and medical degrees from Georgetown University. He was in general practice and served on the medical staffs at Washington Hospital Center and Sibley, among other places.

During World War II, Dr. Harrison was in the Army Medical Corps in the Pacific theater. He retired from the Reserve as a captain in 1953.

He was a member of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington.

Among his avocations was playing dixieland music on flute, banjo, mandolin, piano and saxophone.

His wife of 59 years, Sayde D. Harrison, died in 1998.

Survivors include his son, Malcolm Jr., of Arlington; a daughter, Margaret Harrison Steifel of Greensboro, N.C.; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

Alice 'Millie' Cusimano

Church Member

Alice "Millie" Cusimano, 81, a former member of Liberty Grove United Methodist Church in Burtonsville, died of ovarian cancer Oct. 8 at a hospice in Venice, Fla. She moved to Florida from Silver Spring in the 1960s.

Mrs. Cusimano was a native of Vienna who did secretarial work in the 1950s and 1940s. She also helped her husband in his Washington business, Vic's Electric.

In addition to her husband, Victor Cusimano of Venice, survivors include three children, Diane Dorrelle of Darnestown, Margaret Cusimano of Venice and Leonard V. Cusimano of Silver Spring; two sisters; a brother; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Bernice Aiko Blade

Business Owner

Bernice Aiko Blade, 57, who ran American Dream Cruises of Potomac for the last four years, died of lung cancer Oct. 20 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She lived in Potomac.

Mrs. Blade was the office manager at Peptide Design in Rockville in the late 1980s and later was a consultant to that biomedical research firm.

Mrs. Blade was born in San Jose, Calif., and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1960. She received a master's of business administration degree from Golden Gate University in 1979.

She worked at medical and utility firms in California before moving to the Washington area in the mid-1980s.

Her marriage to John Sanda ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Martin Blade, of Potomac; two sons, David Sanda of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Christopher Sanda of Mill Valley, Calif.; a stepmother, Fumi Kawamura of San Jose; a stepson, Brad Blade of Manteca, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Hillary Webster of Breckenridge, Colo; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Edward B. Beach


Edward B. Beach, 65, the retired director of the education department at McGraw Hill's Continuing Education Co. in Washington, died Oct. 8 at Arlington Hospital of complications after heart-bypass surgery. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Beach served 28 years at the Continuing Education Co. and its predecessor organization, the National Radio Institute, where his jobs also included technical writer and chief technical editor. He pioneered a course in microcomputer technology and programming and had received McGraw Hill's Development Achievement Award for this work. He retired in 1989.

He was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., and attended Cornell University before moving to Washington in 1957. He received computer training at Capital Radio Engineering Institute, where he later taught.

His avocations included singing. He sang with barbershop groups and in the choirs at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Arlington, where he had also done sound effects, lighting and stage construction for the St. Andrew's Players. He had acted in several plays.

Mr. Beach was an amateur radio operator, and he did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Beach, of Arlington; two children, Robert H. Beach of Falls Church and Carolyn E. Gage of New Jersey; a brother; and three grandchildren.

John E. Miller

Teacher and Coach

John E. Miller, 75, a math teacher at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria from 1958 to 1981 and former head football coach there, died Oct. 16 at Brithaven Nursing Home of Ayden in North Carolina. He had Parkinson's disease and lived at the nursing home for the last year.

Mr. Miller, a former Alexandria resident, was the head football coach from 1960 to 1972. The team won the 1961 regional championship.

After retiring, Mr. Miller was an instructor for about five years at Easy Method Driving School throughout Northern Virginia.

Mr. Miller was born in Portage, Pa. He was a graduate of Emory and Henry College and received his master's degree in education from George Peabody College in 1956.

During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific theater.

Mr. Miller taught in Southwest Virginia and the Tidewater area before coming to Alexandria.

He was a past member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Lillian M. Miller, of Greenville, N.C.; a daughter, Joy E. Klemmer of Springfield; a son, John M., of Alameda, Calif.; three sisters; a brother; and a grandchild.

Herbert F. Brand

Navy Commander

Herbert F. Brand, 63, a systems production branch manager at DCS Corp. in Alexandria and a former Navy commander, died of pancreatic cancer Oct. 18 at his home in Alexandria.

Cmdr. Brand retired from the Navy in 1980 after serving 20 years. He spent the last two years on the staff of the chief of naval operations at the Pentagon.

He held the Navy Commendation and Navy Achievement medals.

He joined DCS 16 years ago.

Cmdr. Brand, who was born in New York, was a 1957 graduate of Hartwick College and received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

His marriage to Susan R. Brand ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Donna Brand, of Alexandria; two children from his first marriage, Eric Brand of Golden, Colo., and Amy Novak of Atlanta; three stepsons, Todd Krebs of Centreville, Brian Krebs of Alexandria and Kevin Krebs of San Diego; a stepdaughter, Michelle Rebello of Peoria, Ill.; his mother, Hermine Brand; a sister, Evelyn Roy of Fredericksburg; and six grandchildren.