Eleanor Harrison Finch

Journal Editor

Eleanor Harrison Finch, 91, who retired in the late 1960s as executive secretary of the American Society of International Law and assistant editor of the American Journal of International Law, died of a respiratory ailment Dec. 26 at Shady Grove Rehabilitation Center. She was a former resident of Chevy Chase and Bethesda.

Miss Finch, a Washington native, was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, Trinity College and George Washington University law school.

She did legal work for government agencies prior to World War II, and then was associated with the society at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1942 until she retired.

She was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and served as the DAR's recording secretary in Maryland.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Finch Johnson of Richmond, Ind., and Beatrice Finch Richter of Oxnard, Calif.

W.C. Schneider

NASA Officer

W.C. Schneider, 76, an aeronautical engineer who had served as program director of the Skylab Manned Space Station Project for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, died Dec. 24 at the Manor Care facility in Silver Spring. He died of complications related to a stroke.

Dr. Schneider, a resident of Silver Spring, was born in New York. He served in the Navy during World War II and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in that discipline at Catholic University.

He began his career in aeronautics with a NASA predecessor agency in Langley, Va., then in 1955 moved to the Washington area to work in the Navy's bureau of aeronautics/weapons. He was director of space systems at ITT in Nutley, N.J., in the early 1960s, then returned to Washington and joined NASA, where he helped organize the Gemini Space Program and the Apollo Moon Program. He retired in 1980.

He received NASA's Distinguished and Exceptional Service Medals, the Robert Collier Trophy and the Outstanding Leadership Award.

After his federal retirement, he was a vice president with Computer Sciences Corp. and then an aerospace consultant until 1995.

His marriage to Joyce Stoney ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Roseann Vasco Schneider, and their son, Robert Schneider, both of Silver Spring; three children from his first marriage, Robert Stoney of Reston, Katherine M. Englebretson of Columbia, Ohio, and Jeanne M. Disston of Weston, Conn.; a sister; and eight grandchildren.

Edward Ellis Hastings II

Navy Captain

Edward Ellis Hastings II, 76, a retired Navy captain and former fighter pilot who was also administrator of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, died of cancer Dec. 25 at his home in Bethesda.

Capt. Hastings retired in 1974 from the personnel review council of the Office of Naval Disability Evaluation. Earlier, he served in light-attack and fighter squadrons, and was operations officer for the commander of Naval forces in Korea and assistant chief of staff for personnel in the Pacific.

He was an assistant navigator during the final year of World War II, and was posted to Korea during the war there. He later directed the international relations faculty at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Capt. Hastings was a native of Fryeburg, Maine, and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He received a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University and did graduate work in management at Harvard University. He also attended the Armed Forces Staff College and National War College.

He retired from the Bell Association in 1985.

He was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda and the Knights of Columbus.

His first wife, Anna Murch Hastings, died in 1961.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Dorothy Ann Hastings of Bethesda; four children from his first marriage, Edward Hastings III of Jacksonville, Fla., Elizabeth Pickett of Swansboro, N.C., William Hastings of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Martha Hastings of Windham, N.H.; three stepdaughters, Lynne Jackson of Salisburg, Pa., Barbara Cuddington of Myersville, Md., and Maureen Jackson of Silver Spring; and 12 grandchildren.

Raja Kabbani

Ambassador's Widow

Raja Kabbani, 73, the widow of Najati Kabbani who served as the ambassador of Lebanon in Washington from 1968 to 1978, died of respiratory arrest Dec. 25 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Kabbani, who came to this country and Washington when her husband became ambassador, was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She was a graduate of Beirut University and received a master's degree in oriental studies from the University of London. She had worked as a radio journalist in London and Beirut before coming here.

Her husband died in 1979. Survivors include a son, Najiv, of Arlington; a daughter, Sausan Kabbani of Washington; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Misuzu Hogan


Misuzu Hogan, 57, who worked for the World Bank for 23 years before retiring in 1998 as an accounting supervisor, died Dec. 23 at her home in Washington. She had breast cancer.

Mrs. Hogan was a 1964 archaeology graduate of Nihon University in her native Japan. Before coming to this country and joining the World Bank, she had worked in Tokyo for Texas Instruments.

Her hobbies included knitting, cooking and travel.

Survivors include her husband, Jim, of Washington; her mother, Sakae Namioka of Kanagawa, Japan; and two sisters, Sakura Namioka of Arlington, and Hisaki Kobayashi of Kanagawa.