John W. Banning

Agriculture Official

John W. Banning, 82, who retired about 1980 as assistant director of 4-H and youth development programs in the extension service of the Agriculture Department after working there 31 years, died of pneumonia and respiratory failure Oct. 25 at Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center in Fort Myers. He lived in Fort Myers for the last 13 years.

Dr. Banning, who lived in College Park when he worked for the Agriculture Department, also was active with the National 4-H Council. He was chairman of the council's National 4-H History Committee and oversaw the 1982 publication of "4-H: An American Idea 1900-1980 a History of 4-H."

Dr. Banning, who was born in Independence, Ind., graduated in 1939 from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in agriculture education. He received a master's degree from Purdue in agriculture engineering in the mid-1940s and a doctorate in education from the University of Maryland in 1972.

He taught agriculture in Indiana high schools before moving to the Washington area.

Dr. Banning received the Superior Service Award from the Agriculture Department and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Extension 4-H Agents. In 1983, he received the American Spirit Award, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, for his work at the Agriculture Department for youth development on military bases.

He was a past vice president of the Patuxent River 4-H Foundation.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary V. Banning of Fort Myers; a son, John Jr., of San Francisco; three daughters, Betty Jo Banning of Salt Lake City and Beverly Jean Cordle and Brenda Jane McIlvaine, both of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; and five grandchildren.

Helen Drew Leane O'Boyle


Helen Drew Leane O'Boyle, 82, a teacher at Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring from 1954 to 1969, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure Oct. 22 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She lived at Sunrise Assisted Living of Severna Park.

After retiring from teaching, Mrs. O'Boyle tutored students until 1985 through a Montgomery County-sponsored program. She also was an assistant manager at Sullivan Dental Labs in Washington, a business owned by her husband, Hugh O'Boyle, until his death in 1992.

Mrs. O'Boyle was born in Washington and graduated from Central High School in 1934. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from George Washington University.

She was a personnel officer at the Navy Department from 1940 to 1945 and then a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Norbeck, the National Women's Democratic Club and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She was on the board of trustees of the American Association of University Women and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

A daughter, Kathleen O'Reilley Platt, died in 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Ellen O'Boyle of Annapolis; a son, Hugh O'Boyle Jr. of Belvedere, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Oscar Roger Sammul


Oscar Roger Sammul, 85, a pharmaceutical chemist with the Food and Drug Administration from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, died Oct. 13 at Washington House in Alexandria after a heart attack.

Mr. Sammul was born in New York. In the 1930s, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry from City College of New York, and he received a master's degree in education from Columbia University.

During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe.

Mr. Sammul taught science at Thiel College in Pennsylvania and worked in the old Army Chemical Corps in Denver before moving to the Washington area.

His hobbies included gardening and managing stocks.

His wife, H. Phyllis Sammul, died in 1992.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

Nancy Cross Menen

Personnel Officer

Nancy Cross Menen, 72, who retired in 1982 after a decade as a personnel officer with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, died of cancer Nov. 1 at her home in Potomac.

Starting in the 1950s, Mrs. Menen also worked in personnel for the Social Services League, the Department of the Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration.

She was born in Washington, grew up in Gaithersburg and graduated from Bucknell University.

She was a member of St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, the Heart Fund and the American Cancer Society.

Her interests included bridge, reading and Chinese food, which she ate every day.

Her husband, Lewis Menen, died in 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Christopher Menen of Philadelphia and Lewis James Menen of Cleburne, Tex.; two sisters, Sara Cross of Gaithersburg and Margaret Miller of Hadley, Mass.; and two grandchildren.

B. Ray McConnon Jr.

CIA Operative and Congressional Investigator

B. Ray McConnon Jr., 76, a former CIA operative who in the 1960s and 1970s worked as an investigator for the House Committee on Un-American Activities, died of cancer Nov. 1 at Reston Hospital Center. He lived in Alexandria.

From 1951 to 1964, Mr. McConnon ran CIA counterintelligence operations in Korea, Latin America and the United States. He then investigated drug traffickers, the Ku Klux Klan and Black Panthers, among others, for the house committee until he retired in the mid-1970s.

Bernard Ray McConnon Jr. was born in Pelham, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

He served in the Navy during World War II as a gunner on a dive bomber.

He was a member of Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Alexandria, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the Fraternal Order of Police, International Narcotic Enforcement Officers and the American Legion.

His hobbies included collecting pipes.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Caron McConnon, of Alexandria; two sons, B.R. McConnon III and Kerry McConnon, both of Alexandria; two daughters, Caron Ann Fritz of Alexandria and Catherine Simons of Tampa; and two grandchildren.