Edward J. Herrmann
Edward John Herrmann, 86, former bishop of Columbus, Ohio, who in the late 1960s and early 1970s served as a pastor of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Washington and as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, died Dec. 23 at St. Raphael Home for the Aged in Columbia after a series of strokes.
He had been an assistant pastor at Our Lady of Victory and was assistant chancellor and papal chamberlain of the Archdiocese of Washington when Pope Paul VI appointed him auxiliary bishop of Washington in 1966. He later was named vicar general and chancellor of the archdiocese and served as pastor of Our Lady of Victory for about five years until his appointment as bishop of Columbus in 1973.
In Columbus, he founded a countywide food drive and oversaw the development of apartment complexes for the elderly.
Bishop Herrmann, who was ordained a priest in his native Baltimore in 1947, retired in 1982 and came to the Washington area three years later. He lived for a time at St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville and assisted in confirmation ceremonies.
Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Rather of Towson.
Larry N. Stanley
Teacher and Coach
Larry N. Stanley, 58, who retired from the Fairfax County public schools in1998 after 28 years, died of a heart attack Dec. 22 at his sister's home in Gate City, Va.
Mr. Stanley taught government and economics at Thomas Jefferson and Annandale high schools and was the Student Government Association sponsor at Annandale. He also was a head track coach at Jefferson and head swimming coach at Annandale and was a longtime football coach in the Northern Region.
On retirement, he had moved to Kingsport, Tenn.
He was a native of St. Paul, Va., graduated from the University of South Carolina and received a master's degree in education from the University of Virginia. He was an active member of both the Episcopal Church of St. Clement in Arlington and St. Mark's Episcopal Church of St. Paul.
Survivors include his mother, Hazel Stanley of St. Paul; three sisters, Phyllis Taylor of Bowie, Anne Worley of St. Paul and Jo Kilgore of Gate City.
Grace M. Thornburg
Grace M. Thornburg, 79, who sold insurance for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. from 1962 to 1982, died of brain cancer Dec. 10 at Greenery Extended Care at Danvers in Danvers, Mass. She lived in Alexandria from 1972 until moving to Massachusetts in 1993.
Mrs. Thornburg was born in Norfolk, Mass., and was a waitress before joining Met Life.
She was past president of the Women's Life Underwriters Conference and Business and Professional Women's Club. She was a member of Zonta International group for professional women and belonged to Church of the Resurrection Episcopal church in Alexandria.
Her first husband, Charles P. Lanphear, died.
Her second marriage, to James W. Thornburg, ended in divorce.
Survivors include four sons from her first marriage, Charles P. Lanphear Jr. of North Easton, Mass., Stanley Lanphear of San Diego and Richard Lanphear and James Lanphear, both of Danvers, Mass.; three brothers; a sister; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Darylanne Foust Oplinger
Customer Service Manager
Darylanne Foust Oplinger, 43, who for the last three years was a customer service manager and catering consultant at Bun Penny, a gourmet food and gift ship in Columbia, died of cancer Dec. 17 at her home in Columbia.
Mrs. Oplinger, who had lived in Columbia since 1987, was born in Flint, Mich. She attended Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pa., and worked as a paralegal for law firms in Philadelphia and the Baltimore-Washington area.
She also did sales work for her father's hardware manufacturer's representative company in Phoenixville, Pa.
Survivors include her husband, Willard S. Oplinger Jr., and their son, Reece Charles Oplinger, both of Columbia; her parents, Elizabeth and Charles Foust of Phoenixville; and a brother, Stephen A. Foust of West Lawn, Pa.
James Francis Bowdren III
James Francis Bowdren III, 56, who spent the last 33 years at the General Services Administration, died Dec. 7 of a blood disorder at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Rockville.
At the time of his death, Mr. Bowdren was deputy director of the Information Technology Acquisition Center of the GSA's Federal Supply Service.
He received the Contracting Officer of the Year award in 1995. Among his other honors this decade were the National Performance Review Award and Outstanding Superior Performance Award.
He was born in Lawrence, Mass., and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Penelope "Penny" Bowdren, of Rockville.
Hanna Miriam Sandler
Hanna Miriam Sandler, 39, a Chevy Chase resident who had been a professor of mathematics at American University since 1989, died of colon cancer Dec. 22 at Suburban Hospital.
Dr. Sandler, whose main research interest was hyperbolic geometry, taught a variety of mathematics courses.
A daughter of Holocaust survivors, she was born in Warsaw, Poland. She and her family lived in Israel for a short time before immigrating to Chicago in 1969.
Dr. Sandler graduated from the University of Chicago and received master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Columbia University.
Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Jeffrey Leon Hakim, and her parents, Samuel and Bella Sandler, all of Chevy Chase.