John R. Fernstrom Sr.

Geography Specialist

John R. Fernstrom Sr., 79, who spent about seven years at the Agriculture Department and retired in 1984 as director of rural economic development programs, died Nov. 30 at Elizabeth Adam Crump Manor Nursing Home in Glen Allen, Va. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Fernstrom came to the Washington area in 1950 and spent nine years as an assistant geography professor at Georgetown University. He worked at the Commerce Department from 1958 until the mid-1960s as the director of economic development for depressed regions in Appalachia.

At the Interior Department for the next decade, he oversaw industrial development on American Indian reservations.

Mr. Fernstrom was born in Vallejo, Calif., and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in Europe and North Africa. He received the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in geography. In 1956, he received a master's degree in economic geography from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Fernstrom wrote two books in the 1970s, "Bringing in the Sheaves" and "Industrial Geography."

His hobbies included woodworking.

His wife, Jean D. Fernstrom, died in 1992.

Survivors include a son, John Fernstrom Jr., of Alexandria; two daughters, Marcia Fernstrom Hill of Ashland, Va., and Suzanne Fernstrom Allan of Suffolk, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Mary Woodard Russell

Registered Nurse

Mary Woodard Russell, 86, a registered nurse who had worked at Sibley Memorial and Children's hospitals in Washington in the mid-to-late 1930s, died of a heart ailment Dec. 3 in Sandy Spring at the Sharon Nursing Home, where she had spent the past year.

Mrs. Russell, a former Silver Spring resident, was a native of North Carolina. She received her nurse's training at a hospital in Norfolk before coming to the Washington area in 1935.

She had been a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Norbeck Parish. Her hobbies included writing and gardening. In her youth, she had acted.

Her husband of 62 years, Timothy E. Russell Jr., died in February.

Survivors include a son, Timothy III, of Alexandria; two sisters; and a granddaughter.

Joseph A. McAndrew

Industrial Engineer

Joseph A. McAndrew, 64, a former electronics engineer for RCA in Springfield, died of throat cancer Dec. 2 at his daughter's home in Avoca, Pa.

He lived in Oxon Hill while working for RCA for about 20 years until the early 1980s. He then returned to his native Avoca and worked as an industrial engineer at the Tobyhanna Army Depot before retiring in 1998.

Mr. McAndrew, an Air Force veteran, had attended the University of Scranton and Hofstra University.

His marriage to Dorothy J. Hand ended in divorce.

Survivors include his daughter, Colleen Lynette Cox of Avoca; a brother, Charles McAndrew of Moscow, Pa.; four sisters, Jean Merriman of Chinchilla, Pa., Carolyn Koz- loski of Falls, Pa., Barbara Gallagher of Rockville and Claire Pliska of Avoca; and two grandchildren.

A. Lee 'Skip' Evans Jr.

Quality Assurance Manager

A. Lee "Skip" Evans Jr., 65, who worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 27 years before retiring in 1994 as a quality assurance manager, died of an aneurysm Dec. 3 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He lived in Fairfax.

Mr. Evans, an Alexandria native, was a 1952 graduate of George Washington High School and attended George Washington University.

He served in the Army in the late 1950s and worked for the Southern Iron Works in Springfield before going to work for the IRS.

Mr. Evans had attended Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax. He was a past member of the Alexandria Jaycees and Mount Vernon Lions.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Peggy, of Fairfax; two daughters, Tracy Evans of Charlotte and Shawn Evans of Fairfax; his parents, Aubrey and Rheba Evans of Alexandria; and a sister, Anita Wildman of Richmond.