Herbert Martin Giffin

Washington Surgeon

Herbert Martin Giffin, 90, a retired Washington surgeon who was a founding member and past director and chairman of the Yater Clinic, died Dec. 23 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had a heart ailment.

Dr. Giffin, who lived in the District, was a past vice president of the Washington Academy of Surgery and had served on the legislative committee of the American Medical Association.

He came to Washington and joined the Yater Clinic in 1947 and retired in 1997. Over the years, in addition to his general surgical practice, he had held teaching appointments at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital. He also had been a clinical professor at George Washington and Georgetown University medical schools.

Over the years, Dr. Giffin had served on the staffs of Sibley Memorial, Children's, Suburban and Arlington hospitals, as well as Washington Hospital Center.

He had served as an elder of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, surgeon general of the D.C. Mayflower Society and treasurer of the Gov. William Bradford Compact.

Dr. Giffin, who was born in Atlantic City, was a 1927 cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a 1935 graduate of Johns Hopkins University medical school. He interned and was a surgical resident in Philadelphia and was a surgical fellow and first assistant in surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota before serving with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

His wife of 45 years, the former Cleda Elizabeth Martin, died in 1988. A daughter, Arlene Elizabeth Giffin Bartelmas, died in November.

Survivors include three children, Claire Lee Giffin Shumaker of Annandale, Dr. Charles Bradford Giffin of Tucson and Dr. Robert Bruce Giffin of Washington; and 11 grandchildren.

King Tristani

Criminal Defense Lawyer

King Tristani, 65, a Washington native who practiced criminal defense law in Cheyenne, Wyo., where he lived since 1972, died of cancer Dec. 5 at his home.

Mr. Tristani was a graduate of Montgomery Junior College and the University of Maryland. After serving in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956--part of that time as a meteorologist--he received a law degree from American University and opened a private law practice in Minneapolis in 1964.

He relocated to Cheyenne and was a part-time public defender from 1974 to 1982. He retired in March after 27 years of practice in Cheyenne.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Tristani of Cheyenne; two sons, Charles M. Tristani of San Diego and Robert J. Tristani of York County, Va.; and five grandchildren.

Steven McCoy


Steven McCoy, 46, an international development and agricultural exports consultant who lived in Annapolis, died of a heart attack Dec. 23 in his hotel room in Cairo. He was in Egypt to advise the government on agricultural policy reform.

Mr. McCoy was born in Marion, Ind., and educated abroad while his father served in the Foreign Service. He graduated in England from the University of East Anglia and received a master's degree in development studies from the University of London.

He began his career in Washington 20 years ago as a staff assistant to the then-chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Thomas Foley (D-Wash.) He later was chief economist for the committee and associate director of the Presidential Commission on Agricultural Trade and Export Policy.

Mr. McCoy was president of the North America Export Grain Association and World Perspectives consulting company prior to 1997. That year, he was named chief of a project financed by the Agency for International Development to establish agricultural commodity exchanges in Ukraine.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara McCoy, and three children, Alexander McCoy, Nathaniel McCoy and Olivia McCoy, all of Bethesda; his parents, Robert McCoy and Louise McCoy, both of Annapolis; and a sister.

Nathlie Levitan

Day-Care Assistant

Nathlie Levitan, 89, an assistant at The Kid's Place day-care center in Bethesda from the early to mid-1980s, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 25 at ManorCare nursing home in Potomac.

Mrs. Levitan, who lived at the nursing home, was a Washington native. She graduated from Central High School and was director of admissions at the old Kaufman Camp for Children from the mid-1960s to about 1980.

She was a member of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington and Woodmont Country Club in Rockville.

She did volunteer work for the American Red Cross in the 1940s and 1950s.

Her husband, Maurice Levitan, died in 1959.

Survivors include two sons, former Maryland state senator Laurence Levitan (D-Montgomery) of Potomac and Charles Levitan of Miami Beach; two daughters, Miriam Cramer of Bethesda and Joan Schlissel of Oceanside, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Catherine M. Slattery

Administrative Assistant

Catherine M. Slattery, 83, a retired Justice Department administrative assistant and past member of the sodality of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring, died Dec. 22 at her home in Pompano Beach, Fla. She had a pulmonary ailment.

She joined the Justice Department in 1935 and worked there on and off for 31 years before retiring in 1974. Her last post was as an aide to the assistant attorney general for internal security affairs.

Mrs. Slattery, a fourth-generation Washingtonian, was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School. A former Silver Spring resident, she moved to Florida in 1984.

Her husband, Eugene E. Slattery, died in 1992.

Survivors include a son, John E., of Olney; a daughter, Janice Slattery of Catonsville, Md.; two sisters, Mary M. Lucas of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Irene M. Slattery of Kensington; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.