John Chester Coakley


John Chester Coakley, 75, a C&P Telephone Co. staff accountant who retired in 1988 after more than 40 years with the company, died of cancer Oct. 24 at home in Upper Marlboro.

Mr. Coakley was born in Washington and graduated from Gonzaga College High School. He was a Navy hospital corpsman during World War II.

He began his telephone company career after the war.

As a young man, Mr. Coakley played fast-pitch softball, and in 1972 was inducted into the Greater Washington Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame.

He was also a member of the Gonzaga Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame. He had coached youth sports in Prince George's County and American Legion baseball.

He was the first president of the Gonzaga 44 Club, which includes members of the Gonzaga class of 1944.

He was president of chapter 15 of the Telephone Pioneers of America and a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, St. Ronald's Cana Club and St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Upper Marlboro.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Regina Coakley of Upper Marlboro; five children, Karen Mondorff and Mary Anne Thompson, both of Upper Marlboro, Joyce Kosmicki of Millersville, John C. Coakley Jr. of Silver Spring and Timothy N. Coakley of Alexandria; and five grandchildren.

Woodward G. Eicke Jr.


Woodward G. Eicke Jr., 72, a National Bureau of Standards metrologist and electrochemist who developed automated systems for measuring high voltage, died of lung cancer Oct. 22 at his home in Rockville.

Mr. Eicke retired in 1985 after more than 40 years at what is now the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He was part of the team responsible for monitoring standards for electrical voltage. He wrote for a number of publications and received two awards from the bureau for his work.

Mr. Eicke was a native of Washington and a graduate of George Washington University, where he also received a master's degree in engineering. He served as an Army paratrooper in Europe during World War II.

After he retired, Mr. Eicke was a consultant to the federal government, other countries and the United Nations Industrial Organization.

He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, National Conference of Standards Laboratories, American Society for Quality Control, Monocacy Canoe Club and Canoe Cruisers Association. He was a volunteer with the Outdoor Educators Association and was president of the PTAs of Parkwood Elementary School and Woodward High School.

His first wife, Mary Eicke, died in 1995.

Survivors include his wife, Caroline Eicke of Rockville; three children from his first marriage, Patricia Wells of Washington, John Eicke of Silver Spring and Karen Shoemaker of Herndon; and five grandchildren.

Elizabeth Irene Cameron

Server and Hostess

Elizabeth Irene Cameron, 88, a server at Hot Shoppes restaurants in the late 1940s and early 1950s and a hostess at Alexandria's Old Club Restaurant in the 1960s, died of heart ailments Oct. 25 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Mrs. Cameron, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Fauquier County. She was a member of Groveton Baptist Church and the Mount Vernon chapter of AARP.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Clayton Earl Cameron Sr. of Alexandria; four children, Ann Hall of Savannah, Ga., Fred Cameron of Springfield, Clayton E. Cameron Jr. of Fairfax and William Cameron of Tampa; a sister, Julia Royster of Alexandria; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Roxanne Brady Carr


Roxanne Brady Carr, 74, a comptroller at the old Seybolt, Gore, Newquist and Berlinsky civil engineering firm in Kensington from 1957 to 1996, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 25 at Montgomery General Hospital. She lived in Sandy Spring.

Mrs. Carr oversaw the finances of her first husband's business in Sandy Spring, Brady Brothers Plumbing and Heating, from 1951 to 1987. That husband, William E. Brady Sr., died in 1988.

Mrs. Carr was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and moved to Washington in 1945 and to Sandy Spring six years later.

She was a member of Ashton United Methodist Church in Ashton and was active in the church's Methodist Women's Circle. She also was a member of the women's auxiliary of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department and a charter member of the Sandy Spring Museum.

During the last decade, Mrs. Carr tutored at Burtonsville Elementary School and volunteered at Sharon Nursing Home in Sandy Spring.

Survivors include her husband of 10 years, William E. Carr Sr. of Sandy Spring; a daughter from her first marriage, Peggy R. Allen of Huntingtown; a son from her first marriage, Dr. William E. Brady Jr. of St. Albans, Vt.; three stepsons, Richard Carr of Dickerson and William Carr and David Carr, both of Potomac; two sisters; a brother; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Howard Cyrena Mumford

Navy Department Employee

Howard Cyrena Mumford, 92, a former Arlington resident and veteran of the Navy WAVES, died Sept. 29 at a nursing home in Newport News, Va. She had dementia.

Ms. Mumford, who moved to Newport News from Arlington in 1994, was a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.

She served in the Navy WAVES during World War II and was stationed at the Office of Navy Material Command in Washington. She retired from active military duty in 1954, then served six years in the Navy Reserve before retiring and attaining the rank of commander.

From 1960 to 1966, she worked as a civilian administrator in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, assisting in its effort to automate records.

There are no immediate survivors.

Dinah Dunston McElfresh

Assn. Executive

Dinah Dunston McElfresh, 51, a vice president of Hauck & Associates association management, died of cancer Oct. 23 at home in Alexandria.

Mrs. McElfresh was born in Hampton, Va., and grew up in Richmond. She received an associate degree from St. Mary's College in Raleigh, N.C., and graduated from American University.

She had worked 25 years in association management with Hauck & Associates and was a principal of the company.

Mrs. McElfresh was a member of Women in Government Relations, the Campagna Center in Alexandria, the Junior League of Washington and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce A. McElfresh of Alexandria; her parents, Warren and Betty Dunston of Richmond; and a stepson, Garrett McElfresh of Milwaukee.