George H. Bland

History Teacher

George H. Bland, 81, who taught history at Sherwood High School in Montgomery County from 1955 to 1971, died Nov. 3 in a retirement home in Summerville, S.C., after a stroke. He had retired to South Carolina in 1975.

Mr. Bland, a former Silver Spring resident, came to the Washington area in 1950 and spent five years as an auditor with the General Accounting Office before joining the Sherwood faculty.

He was born in Missouri and was a graduate of the University of South Carolina. During World War II, he served with the Army in Europe and received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Brockman "Dookie" Bland of Summerville; two sons, George Jr., of Wilmington, N.C., and John Brockman Bland of Las Vegas; a daughter, Barbara Ann Bland of Washington; and four grandchildren.

John Songster

Georgetown Professor

The Rev. John Songster, 85, a professor of philosophy and Byzantine history at Georgetown University from 1946 to 1982 who also was an ordained priest, died of cancer Nov. 6 at the Georgetown Jesuit Community infirmary. He lived at the Jesuit community in Washington.

Since retiring, he had been a consulting professor of ecclesiastical history at what is now Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria.

The Rev. Songster was born in Philadelphia and was ordained at the old Woodstock College seminary in Maryland.

He was a 1937 classics graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, where he also received a master's degree in English literature.

Survivors include two sisters and two brothers.

Mary Neale White


Mary Neale White, 83, a secretary at the Pentagon for the Department of the Air Force from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, died Nov. 5 at Mercy Hospital in New Orleans after a stroke.

A Washington native, Mrs. White retired in 1986 to St. Petersburg, Fla., and lived in New Orleans for the last eight months.

Mrs. White was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Her husband, Wheeler Posey White, died in 1955.

Survivors include three sons, William W. White of Annandale, James Neale White of Gaithersburg and Thomas Arthur White of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a daughter, Carolyn McGrath of Metairie, La.; a brother, Alexander Wills Neale of Arlington; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Hertha Maria Schweiger Aldama

Music Teacher

Hertha Maria Schweiger Aldama, 90, who taught piano from her home since moving to Washington in the 1940s, died of cancer Oct. 19 at Potomac Manor Care Center.

Dr. Aldama was born in Vienna, Austria, and received a doctorate in music from the University of Freiburg in Germany.

In the 1930s, she was a secretary to author Thornton Wilder in New York.

She was a member of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Washington and enjoyed opera and gardening.

Her husband, Alfredo Aldama, died in 1973. Survivors include a son, Andrew Louis Aldama of Washington.

Florence Bellmore

Docent and Club Member

Florence Bellmore, 81, a docent at the Phillips Gallery in the 1980s and member at Cercle Francais French literary club, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 6 at George Washington University Hospital. She lived in Arlington for the last two decades.

Mrs. Bellmore was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington.

She was born in San Francisco and was a film publicist in Europe in the 1960s.

Mrs. Bellmore also sold real estate in Houston during the late 1980s.

Her hobbies included collecting art. She could speak French, Mandarin, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Her marriage to Robert Bellmore ended in divorce.

She leaves no immediate survivors.