Ronald Frederick Rost

Economist and Professor

Ronald Frederick Rost, 54, an economic consultant since 1997 for the Connecticut-based management consulting and operations firm Heritage Associates, died Nov. 18 at the house of a friend in Alexandria after a heart attack. He lived in Alexandria.

Dr. Rost was the Washington point man for Heritage and trained administrative staffs at area companies.

He worked from 1995 to 1996 at Bernard Haldane Associates, a career consulting firm in Arlington. He also was an adjunct professor of economic and public financial management at American University from 1984 to 1993.

Dr. Rost came to the Washington area in 1980 and was a senior economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. From 1984 to 1994, he was a project manager of logistics and acquisition at the Center for Naval Analysis.

A Chicago native, Dr. Rost graduated from Valparaiso University in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He received a master's degree in economics from Louisiana State University in 1969 and a doctorate degree in economics from Northwestern University in 1978.

He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

His hobbies included skiing.

His marriages to JoAnn Bachman and Rynthia Manning ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter from his second marriage, Kathryn Renee Rost of Potomac; and a brother.

Jack Max Epstein

Court Clerk

Jack Max Epstein, 75, a lifelong Washington resident who worked at D.C. Superior Court for more than 10 years before retiring in the early 1980s as a clerk and stenographer, died of lung cancer Nov. 21 at the Washington Home Hospice.

Mr. Epstein, a former cabdriver, served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and was stationed in North Africa, Italy and the Pacific.

There are no immediate survivors.

Laphalia J. Gause

Government Administrator

Laphalia J. Gause, 66, a specialist in regulatory reform, legislative research and administrative management with the federal and D.C. governments, died of lung cancer Nov. 21 at home in Washington.

Ms. Gause moved to Washington in 1977 from New York, where she had been a classical concert singer. She had performed at Carnegie Hall and was a concert soloist of works by Bach, Handel and Mozart at the Washington Square Methodist Church.

She was born in Ripley, Tenn., graduated from what now is Tennessee State University and studied at Scarritt College and Peabody Teachers College in Nashville. Later, she undertook private voice study in New York.

In Washington, she had worked at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Environmental Protection Agency. She retired in February of this year from the office of documents in the executive office of the mayor.

Ms. Gause was a lay scripture reader, past president of the Music Aid Circle and a delegate to the Potomac Association and the Central Atlantic Conference at the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ.

Survivors include a sister and a brother.

Jean Duff Hugo

Army Wife

Jean Duff Hugo, 65, a retired Army major general's wife who accompanied her husband to posts in Japan, South Korea, Germany and Saudi Arabia when he was on active duty, died of lung cancer Nov. 18 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Hugo, who lived in McLean, was born in Tokyo, the daughter of a U.S. Army officer. After World War II, she returned to Japan. She attended schools there and in the United States, and she studied at George Washington University.

As an Army wife, she participated in children's and family organizations. Her avocations included china and canvas paintings.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, retired Maj. Gen. Victor J. Hugo Jr. of McLean; three children, Elizabeth Palandech of Fort Campbell, Ky., Victor Hugo III of Arlington and Russell Hugo of Baltimore; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Edmond Lee Kanwit


Edmond Lee Kanwit, 89, who joined the federal Bureau of Public Roads in the 1950s and retired in 1969 as a chief economist for what had become the Transportation Department, died of chronic pulmonary disease Nov. 9 at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He lived in the Washington area from 1939 until he moved to Sarasota a decade ago.

Mr. Kanwit, a New York City native, graduated from the University of Virginia in 1931 and received a master's degree in history from Columbia University in 1936.

In Washington, he also worked for the U.S. Employment Office, the Labor Department, the War Department, the Office of Price Control and the Commerce Department. He received a Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the War Department, where he worked during World War II.

In the 1960s, Mr. Kanwit was on the Fairfax County Council on Human Relations and the Fairfax County Minimum Housing Code Committee.

His hobbies included stamp collecting, tennis and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Julia Kanwit of Sarasota; a daughter, Lisa Price of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two sons, Peter Kanwit of Metairie, La., and Roy Kanwit of Spencertown, N.Y.; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Alan M. Johnson


Alan M. Johnson, 86, an accountant in private practice in Bethesda from the 1950s to the 1970s, died Nov. 17 at the Fleet Landing retirement community in Atlantic Beach, Fla. The medical examiner's office in Jacksonville said Mr. Johnson died after a fall. An autopsy is pending.

A Bethesda resident from the mid-1940s until moving to Florida about a decade ago, Mr. Johnson was an associate professor of accounting at American University before starting his practice.

He was born in Plainfield, N.J., and graduated from Rutgers University. He received a master's degree in accounting from New York University in the late 1930s.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and received a Silver Star and Purple Heart.

He was a member of Chi Psi fraternity and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His marriage to Alla Louise Carnduff Johnson ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Margie Johnson Orrick of Bethesda; a son, Alan M. Johnson III of Potomac; and five grandchildren.

Harry H. Fraley


Harry H. Fraley, 81, who for the last 50 years owned and operated a 160-acre grain and cattle farm in Derwood, died Nov. 22 at Montgomery General Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Fraley, a native of Derwood, graduated from Sherwood High School and attended the University of Maryland. He served as a pilot in the Navy during World War II, then briefly taught commercial flying at the old College Park Airport.

In 1999, he received an award for 50 years of support of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Eleanor Whitenight Fraley of Derwood; two children, Kenneth H. Fraley of Derwood and Susan Gibson of San Antonio; a sister, Eloise Fraley King of Silver Spring; and two grandchildren.

Terry Lee Noack

Design Consultant

Terry Lee Noack, 46, a partner since 1984 in the design firm Whitledge Associates in Alexandria and a design consultant for the last eight years to The Washington Post's Super Sale, died of a heart arrhythmia Nov. 21 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Noack's work for the Super Sale, a fashion event that benefits the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research, included coordinating displays and designing the overall look of the event.

At the design firm, Mr. Noack also created miniaturizations, or intricate scale-model rooms, that were on exhibit at museums in Los Angeles and Taipei, among other places.

Mr. Noack was born at Fort Belvoir and graduated from Fort Hunt High School in Fairfax County.

He graduated from Maryville College in Tennessee in 1975, worked with mentally ill students in Tennessee and then managed restaurants in Tennessee, New York and New Jersey.

His hobbies included gardening.

Survivors include his companion of 15 years, Ray Whitledge of Alexandria; his mother, Evelyn V. Noack of Alexandria; and two sisters, Julie Spangler of Annandale and Patricia Kangas of Selma, Calif.

Lorraine Dove Buglia

Teacher and Principal

Lorraine Dove Buglia, 79, who was principal of Gunston Elementary School in Lorton for 21 years before retiring in 1977, died of cancer Nov. 22 at a daughter's home in Manassas.

Before becoming principal of Gunston Elementary in 1956, she taught in a number of Fairfax County elementary schools, including Bailey's, Barden and Lorton.

Mrs. Buglia, who lived in Lorton, was a native of Fairfax County and a graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.

She received a master's degree in education from American University.

She was a charter member of the Mu chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional educators society, and a member of Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Association of Fairfax County Retired Educators.

Her husband, Angelo Buglia, died in 1981, and a son, Jerrold Buglia, died in October.

Survivors include three children, Thomas K. Buglia of Palmyra, Va., Susan Walker of Alexandria and Deborah Mohn of Manassas; a sister, Nancy Nevitt of Lorton; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

James Craig Stewart

Electrical Engineer

James Craig Stewart, 42, a senior electrical engineer at the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission in White Flint, died of cirrhosis of the liver Nov. 18 at his apartment in Frederick, Md.

Mr. Stewart, a former resident of Ijamsville, lived in Frederick for the last month.

He was born in Seattle and was a 1979 electrical engineering graduate of the University of Michigan and a member of its marching band.

He worked as an electrical engineer in Ann Arbor, Mich., before joining the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1984.

In 1994, Mr. Stewart received a master's degree in computer science from Hood College in Frederick.

A trombone player, he played in Washington area bands, including Spires Brass Band and the Browningsville Band.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Stewart, from whom he was separated, and their two daughters, Sharon and Laura, all of Ijamsville; and a brother.

Margaret Caroline Pfleger Simpson


Margaret Caroline Pfleger Simpson, 76, who taught at St. Mary's Parochial School and other private institutions in Alexandria in the 1950s and early 1960s, died of complications of a brain tumor Nov. 23 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Mrs. Simpson, a native of Indianapolis, came to Washington while serving in the Navy WAVES as a stenographer in the War Department.

She lived in Alexandria before moving to Spotsylvania County in the mid-1980s.

In recent years, Mrs. Simpson was a volunteer at the Rappahannock Adult Activities Center in Fredericksburg.

Her interests included poetry and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Nathaniel E. Simpson of Fredericksburg, Va.; three children, Randy Simpson of Edgewater, Joyce Thompson of Reston and Ron Simpson of Fredricksburg; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.