Rogene Anna Laura Gillard

Church Member

Rogene Anna Laura Gillard, 92, a former one-room schoolhouse teacher who was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Alexandria since moving to the Washington area in 1995, died of a stroke Dec. 2 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. She lived at the Paul Spring Retirement Community in Alexandria.

Mrs. Gillard was born in Omaha and raised in Portland, Ore. She spent most of her life in Oregon, where she was a teacher and an active church member. She also directed school and community musical theater productions.

Her husband, Ernest C. Gillard, died in 1976.

Survivors include two children, Jo An Rice of Alexandria and Shirley Godwin of Oxnard, Calif.; a stepson, Richard Gillard of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; a brother; a sister; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Ruth 'Billie' Woolsey


Ruth "Billie" Woolsey, 85, an educator who served 25 years in the D.C. public school system before retiring 15 years ago as a mathematics supervisor at Oyster School, died Dec. 9 at Arlington Hospital after a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mrs. Woolsey, who lived in Arlington, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Brooklyn College. She moved to this area during World War II.

Survivors include her husband, Mark Woolsey of Arlington; one son Kit Woolsey of Kensington, Calif.; and two brothers.

Maurice J. Hatwell

Construction Company Partner

Maurice J. Hatwell, 85, a former bookkeeper retired in 1981 as a partner in Magers Construction Co. in Silver Spring, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 23 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mr. Hatwell, who lived in Silver Spring, was born and raised in Egypt. He ran his own road and bridge construction business there before moving to the United States in 1958. He briefly lived in New York City before settling in the Washington area in 1960.

He was a bookkeeper with Contee Sand & Gravel in Laurel before joining Magers Construction in the early 1970s.

He was a founding member of Magen David Sephardic Congregation in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife, Jenny Hatwell of Silver Spring; three children, Ronald Hatwell of Bowie, Nadia Wasserman of Columbia and Danielle Bograd of Gaithersburg; two sisters; and six grandchildren.

Charles J. Kent

Planning Engineer

Charles J. Kent, 76, a retired Fairfax City planning engineer, died of a heart attack Dec. 29 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

He had worked for the Office of Community Development and Planning for 15 years before retiring in 1993. Earlier, he was surveyor and planning engineer for Fairfax County. Before that, he worked for the developer of Reston, Robert E. Simon Jr.

Mr. Kent, a native of Washington, graduated from Eastern High School in 1941 and studied engineering at George Washington University. He served in the Navy during World War II and took part in the V5 pilot training program.

He was a former member of Clarendon Baptist Church in Arlington and a charter member, trustee and choir member at Vienna Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Shirley Kent, and a daughter, Terri Beck, both of Fairfax City; a brother; and a granddaughter.