Elizabeth Andrews


Elizabeth Andrews, 103, a former teacher who retired in 1964 after more than 30 years as principal of Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 15 at the Virginian Retirement Community in Fairfax.

Ms. Andrews was a third-generation Washingtonian who worked in the D.C. public school system for 40 years, beginning as a teacher in the 1920s. She also worked as a supervisor of student teachers.

She received bachelor's and master's degrees in education from George Washington University.

In retirement, she helped establish a group home for unwed pregnant teenagers and did volunteer work for the D.C. Board of Public Welfare.

There are no immediate survivors.

William J. Connor


William J. Connor, 80, a Washington area independent plumber from the late 1930s until 1984, died Nov. 14 at his home in Hyattsville. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Connor was born in Washington and graduated from McKinley Tech High School. He served in the Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II.

He was a member of Plumbers Union Local No. 5 and St. Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring. His hobbies included fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Laurie Connor of Hyattsville; a son, William Jr., of Bowie; a brother, John, of Silver Spring; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mary Helen Fitzgerald

Editor and Volunteer

Mary Helen Fitzgerald, 76, a consulting permissions editor with the college textbook division of Pearson Education Ltd., died Nov. 4 at Alexandria Hospital after a cerebral hemorrhage.

She had been employed with Pearson Education and its predecessor publishers since 1970. She began her employment in New York and moved to this area in 1979. As permissions editor, she examined manuscripts for material in which permissions would be required for publication, located the person or organization with the authority to grant permission and obtained permission to publish.

Mrs. Fitzgerald, a resident of Alexandria, was born in Oklahoma. She traveled extensively around the United States and overseas with her husband on assignments for the World Bank. She did volunteer work at the museum at the Alexandria Lyceum, the Alexandria Department of Mental Health, Public Radio and WETA. She was a member of Mennonite Brethren Church.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas A. Fitzgerald of Alexandria; two children, Timothy Fitzgerald of Austin, Tex., and Patsy Gremminger of Kirkland, Wash.; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Rose Woronow

Bookkeeper, Volunteer

Rose Woronow, 96, a retired Government Printing Office bookkeeper who also had done volunteer work, died of respiratory failure Nov. 7 at Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Bethesda.

Ms. Woronow was born in New York and grew up in Charleston, S.C. In 1920, she moved to Washington and began her career as a bookkeeper. She worked in the private sector, then in the 1930s joined the bookkeeping staff of the GPO, from which she retired in 1968 as a supervisory bookkeeper. She received an exceptional achievement award upon retirement.

She was a member of Hadassah and had done volunteer work at its Thrift Shop. She also had done volunteer work with the Red Cross. From 1965 until 1966, she lived in Bethesda.

Survivors include two sisters.