Secretary, Model and Volunteer
Fonlee Wallace, 80, an Army officer wife and former State Department administrative aide and freelance model, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 1 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.
For about the last 10 years, she served on the board of directors of the Skyline Square condominium complex in Falls Church and intermittently was its secretary and vice president.
Mrs. Wallace moved with her husband, retired Army Col. Robert J. Wallace, to Falls Church in 1986 after years of accompanying him to military posts in England, Germany and Guatemala. During that period, she was active in the Red Cross as a regional director of volunteers and a nurse's assistant in emergency room operations. She received numerous awards from the Army and American Red Cross for her volunteer work.
A native of Chattanooga, she studied law at the University of Chattanooga before moving to Washington in the mid-1940s and going to work for the State Department as a personnel recruiter and administrative assistant.
While at the State Department in the late 1940s and early 1950s, she moonlighted as a fashion model. Her photographs appeared in department store catalogues and newspaper advertisements.
Her marriage to her first husband, Larry Paris, ended in divorce.
In addition to her husband, Col. Wallace, survivors include their son, Robert J. Wallace Jr. of Raleigh, N.C.
Fred L. Hardy
Fred L. Hardy, 85, who retired in 1987 after 25 years as a heavy equipment operator, machinist and mechanic with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, died Oct. 26 at Rockville Nursing Home. He had a heart ailment and had suffered strokes.
Mr. Hardy, a former resident of Berwyn Heights, was born in Warrensburg, N.Y. He was sent west as a child by the New York Children's Aid Society, on one of what came to be known as "orphan trains." He was among 150,000 to 200,000 underprivileged, abandoned or orphaned children relocated up until 1929 from the East Coast to foster families in other parts of the country.
After he was adopted in Ottawa, Kan., Mr. Hardy moved with his new family to Washington in 1924. He attended Woodward Preparatory School and then operated gas stations in the Silver Spring area. He served in the Army in India during World War II.
Mr. Hardy had a floor-finishing business and did timber harvesting in Charles County before going to work for the WSSC.
His wife of 56 years, Esther Ransdell, died in 1997.
Survivors include a sister.
Thomas More O'Neill
Digital Signal Expert
Thomas More O'Neill, 45, a communications electrical engineer who worked for high-tech firms before retiring on disability in 1997, died of bone cancer Oct. 7 at George Washington University Hospital.
Mr. O'Neill, a specialist in digital signal processing, worked for what was then QuesTech Inc. in Falls Church from 1983 to 1997. There, he rose from the technical staff to become senior vice president in charge of the digital processing systems group, which performed technical and program support for Defense Department contracts on sensors, weapons and intelligence systems.
Earlier in his career, he was involved in design enhancements of long distance voice telecommunications product lines and high-speed modems.
Mr. O'Neill, a Rockville resident, was born in Cheverly and raised in Falls Church, where he graduated from George C. Marshall High School. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering technology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1976 and received a master's degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University in 1982.
He was a volunteer coach of youth basketball and baseball teams in Montgomery County and a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Rockville.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Eva O'Neil and their three children, Olivia, Zoe and Oliver, all of Rockville; his father Raymond A. O'Neill of Hilton Head, S.C.; two sisters, Mary Credle of Smithfield, Va., and Kathleen Norton of Fairfax; and four brothers, Kevin of Springfield, Paul of Tacoma, Wash., Christopher of Great Falls, and David of Micanopy, Fla.
Charles E. Starns
Charles E. Starns, 80, a retired Army Department claims officer, died of a subdural hematoma Nov. 3 at the Washington House, where he had been in rehabilitation after a fall at his home in Alexandria.
Mr. Starns, who moved to Alexandria in 1947, worked for the Military District of Washington as a claims officer for about 40 years. He retired in 1980. Earlier, he had worked for the Labor Department and Library of Congress.
He was a native of Somerset, Ky., and a Washington area resident since 1937. He earned two undergraduate degrees and a master's degree in business administration from Southeastern University.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Doris M. Starns of Alexandria; and two daughters, Joy M. Gorham and Sherry L. Leach, both of Alexandria.
Ernest Alexander Mehaffey Jr.
Tobacco Shop Owner
Ernest Alexander Mehaffey Jr., 80, a pipe maker and tobacconist who retired in 1988 after about 30 years as proprietor of the Old Fashion Pipe Shop in Wheaton, died of pneumonia Oct. 28 at his home in Silver Spring.
Mr. Mehaffey, a native of Griffin, Ga., came to Washington after serving in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. Before opening his shop, he worked for Southern Railway as a telegrapher.
He was a member of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marjorie Mehaffey of Silver Spring; four children, Michael L., of Petaluma, Calif., Kathleen McDaniels of Owings Mills, Melinda Mehaffey of Silver Spring and Ann Tull of Westminster; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
William Charles Jones III
Foreign Service Officer
William Charles Jones III, 78, a Foreign Service officer who retired in 1979 as director of the office of intelligence liaison in the State Department's bureau of intelligence and research, died of a heart ailment Oct. 30 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Jones, a resident of Washington since 1946, was born in Blackwell, Tex. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1944 and served in the Army's 82 Airborne Division in Europe during World War II.
In 1945, Mr. Jones was wounded in combat operations in Germany and lost a leg. He received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
In 1946, he retired from the Army on disability.
That year he joined the Foreign Service. His first assignment was U.S. consulate general in Munich, where he processed displaced persons.
Later postings included Mexico, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, West Berlin and Saigon.
His marriage to Sara Ferris ended in divorce.
Survivors include four daughters, Beth Jones of Bethesda, Kathy Jones of Hanover, N.H., Sally Jones of Frederick and Diana Thomas of Round Hill, Va.; and eight grandchildren.
Robert 'Bob' Miller
Robert "Bob" Miller, 57, a Hillcrest Heights resident and retired AT&T customer service representative, died of cancer Nov. 2 at the Southern Maryland Hospital.
Mr. Miller, who was born in Charlotte, grew up in Washington, where he graduated from Phelps Vocational High School and attended the old Cortez Peters Business School.
He began his career in the early 1960s as a lineman for Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co.
Mr. Miller then joined AT&T in the early 1980s and retired in 1993.
In the mid-1980s and early '90s, he worked on the campaigns of his then wife, Maryland state delegate Juanita D. Miller. Their marriage ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Miller of Hillcrest Heights; two daughters from his first marriage, Valerie S. Miller of Clinton and Stephany Miller-Khaga of Burtonsville; six brothers; five sisters; and two grandsons.
John J. McAuliffe
John J. McAuliffe, 78, who retired from the Food and Drug Administration in the 1970s as director of food additive compliance, died of cancer Nov. 5 at the home of his son in Columbia. He lived in Bowie.
Mr. McAuliffe was a native of Hartford, Conn., and a graduate of Catholic University. He served in the Army Air Forces in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II.
He was a postal worker before beginning his career with the FDA about 50 years ago.
Initially, Mr. McAuliffe inspected seafood packing plants on Maryland's Eastern Shore. He later worked on regulations for food and color additives in the FDA's Bureau of Foods.
Mr. McAuliffe was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and St. Pius X Catholic Church in Bowie.
His wife, Elizabeth A. Coone, died in 1993.
Survivors include two children, Micahela E. McAuliffe of Annapolis and John J. "Chip" McAuliffe Jr. of Columbia; a brother; and three grandchildren.