Samuel Ray Bailey

Arlington Engineer

Samuel Ray Bailey, 71, who had been a marine engineer with the M. Rosenblatt & Son engineering consulting concern in Arlington since moving to the Washington area in 1985, died of lung cancer Dec. 26 at Northern Virginia Community Hospital.

Mr. Bailey, who lived in Arlington, was born in York, Pa.

He was a graduate of North Carolina State University and was a marine engineer in Florida before moving here.

He was a member of Calvary Methodist Church in Arlington.

His marriage to Mary Ann Bailey ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Louise Bailey of Arlington; five children from his first marriage; a stepson; and nine grandchildren.

Whilden W. Johnson

Claims Examiner

Whilden W. Johnson, 81, a retired D.C. Unemployment Compensation Board claims examiner who was a member of Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, died Jan. 2 at Cherrydale Healthcare Center in Arlington. She had Alzheimer's disease and colon cancer.

She came to the Washington area in 1948 and had lived in Arlington since 1961.

From 1950 to 1957, she was an editor with the American Chemical Society. She was an Arlington County substitute teacher from 1965 to 1977. She then worked until 1990 for the Unemployment Compensation Board.

Mrs. Johnson, an Alabama native, received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. She taught English at the University of Alabama, education at Louisiana State University and English and journalism at an Alabama high school before moving here.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Marion M. Johnson of Arlington; two sons, Robert E. Johnson of Plano, Tex., and Franklin M. Johnson of Arlington; and three grandchildren.

Grace Pedicord Orr

Former Resident

Grace Pedicord Orr, 80, a former Fairfax resident who had lived in the Washington area from 1971 until moving to Bellevue, Wash., in February, died in a nursing home there Dec. 26. She had dementia.

She had been a member of the PEO Sisterhood, the Mantua Women's Club and Providence Presbyterian Church, all in Fairfax.

Mrs. Orr, a Pennsylvania native, was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. Before coming to the Washington area, she had taught high school home economics in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Her husband, John Kenneth Orr, died in January 1999. Survivors include a son, John Orr of Portland, Ore.; a daughter, Adele Delisi of Bellevue; and a grandson.

Lumir Wild

Computer Operator

Lumir Wild, 87, a computer operator for the Central Intelligence Agency for 33 years before retiring in 1980, died of a heart ailment Jan. 2 at his home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Wild, who came to the Washington area in 1941, was born in New York. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

His wife, Irma, died in 1980. Survivors include two daughters, Christine Love of Arlington and Leslie Wild of Silver Spring; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

Louis F. Skillman

Disbursing Agent

Louis F. Skillman, 87, a 40-year federal employee who retired in 1969 as a special disbursing agent with the Army's Strategic Communications Command, died Dec. 27 at Arlington Hospital. He had lung cancer.

Mr. Skillman was born in Loudoun County and had lived in Arlington since childhood. He attended Washington-Lee High School but left school during the Great Depression to help support his family.

He began his federal career as a messenger with the General Accounting Office and while working there completed high school by attending night classes. He graduated from Columbus University, where he also attended night classes, and he received a master's degree there in accounting. He had worked in accounting-related jobs for several federal agencies.

He was a Mason and for 25 years was Sipes Chapter Dad for the Order of DeMolay. He later was northern region district deputy for the Order of DeMolay. He had received the DeMolay Legion of Honor and its Cross of Honor.

Mr. Skillman also was a woodcarver and a member of Northern Virginia Woodcarvers. He had won awards for his woodcarvings.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Jessie P. Skillman of Arlington; two children, Margaret Anne Frye of Vienna and Louis "Bud" Skillman of Fulks Run, Va.; two brothers, Edward Skillman of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lee Skillman of Fairfax; a sister, Virginia Helmick of Falls Church; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John Donnelly Brady

Building Products Rep.

John Donnelly Brady, 81, a building products representative who retired in the early 1980s as vice president of James A. Cassidy Co., died of complications related to emphysema Dec. 31 at Holy Cross Rehabilitation Center in Burtonsville.

Mr. Brady had lived in Laurel since 1948 and was a former president of the Laurel City Council, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Laurel and the Laurel Rotary.

He was born in Victor, N.Y., and graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in music.

During World War II, he was an Army Air Forces B-17 pilot in the European Theater of Operations. In 1943, his aircraft was shot down over Germany, and he was a prisoner of war until Germany surrendered in 1945. As a POW, he played saxophone in a dance band made up of fellow POWs, with instruments furnished by the International Red Cross, in Stalag Luft III. For his war service, Mr. Brady received a Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

After the war, he moved to the Washington area and began his career as a building products representative, mostly with James A. Cassidy.

He was a member of St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church.

He had continued to play the saxophone.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Esther Wilkinson Brady of Laurel; two children, Susan Brady of Portland, Ore., and Jack Brady of Washington; and nine grandchildren. A son, Tom Brady, died in 1991.

John Ellsworth Everett


John Ellsworth Everett, 86, who practiced general medicine in the Washington area for nearly a half-century before retiring in 1986 and moving to Florida in 1993, died Jan. 1 at a nursing home in Bradenton, Fla., after a heart attack. He had lived in Bradenton.

Dr. Everett, a former Kensington resident, was a Washington native. He was a graduate of McKinley Technical High School and George Washington University and its medical school. He interned at the old Emergency Hospital in Washington. He practiced medicine in the District before moving his practice to Kensington in the mid-1950s.

He had served as an elder of Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church and as a violinist in the Doctors Symphony in Washington. He was a member of Temple Noyes-Cathedral Masonic Lodge No. 32, Almas Temple and the Scottish Rite.

He also had served on the board of governors of the Congressional Country Club, where in 1964 he treated golfer Ken Venturi for exhaustion and dehydration. Venturi went on to win the U.S. Open.

His wife of 52 years, the former Margaret "Sandy" Davis, died in 1990. Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Schutz Arms, whom he married in 1991 and who lives in Bradenton; three children from his first marriage, Judith Everett Hutchins of Princeton, N.J., Richard Norman Everett of Annapolis and John Byron Everett of Frederick; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Fraser Barron

Public Affairs Officer

Fraser Barron, 62, a specialist on political trends and legislative strategies with Cassidy & Associates public affairs, died of lymphoma Dec. 13 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.

Mr. Barron, who lived in Arlington, was born in Orange, N.J. He graduated from Princeton University and Harvard University law school.

In the 1960s, he came to Washington and worked on the congressional affairs staff of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, then served on the staff of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.). Later he published and edited a newsletter and served as assistant to the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. He joined Cassidy & Associates in 1992.

Survivors include his mother, Francis Byers Barron of Charlottesville; and three brothers.

Thomas M. Finn

Foreign Service Officer

Thomas M. Finn, 74, a Foreign Service officer who specialized in security and retired from the Agency for International Development in 1978 as deputy director of the Office of International Training, died of leukemia Dec. 23 at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Mr. Finn, a former resident of Silver Spring, was an FBI agent before joining the State Department in 1958. He began his career in what is now the Office of Public Safety. His assignments included periods as chief of the technical services division and chief of the training division. He also served in Iran and Thailand. He transferred to AID in the mid-1970s.

After leaving the government, he became deputy director of the National Sheriffs Association, where he directed a project to establish national police standards. He retired in 1989 and moved to Florida the following year.

Mr. Finn was born in Providence, R.I. During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard in the Atlantic. He was a police officer in Providence for a short time after the war and then moved to the Washington area to attend the University of Maryland. In 1952, following his graduation, he joined the FBI.

His first wife, Ann Finn, died in 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Finn of Palm Harbor; six children from his first marriage, Michael Finn of Germantown, Norine Kirby of Marriottsville, Md., Nancy Rudnick of Potomac, Margaret Finn-Frame of Gaithersburg and Monica Scott and Elizabeth Finn, both of Bethesda; a stepson, Derrick Latin of Palm Harbor; a sister, Marguerite Miragiuolo of Narragansett, R.I.; and 10 grandchildren.

Vincent A. Otto

FEMA Official

Vincent Anthony Otto, 82, who worked for the federal government for about 30 years before retiring in 1980 as information director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, died Dec. 26 at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church. He had Parkinson's disease.

He worked for the Agriculture Department and the Army Corps of Engineers before joining the old Office of Civil Defense, a predecessor agency of FEMA, in the 1950s. He worked for the office in Michigan in the mid- and late 1950s before returning here. Before retiring, he became a member of the government's Senior Executive Service.

Mr. Otto, who lived in Arlington, was born in Kingsport, Tenn., and was raised in Baltimore. He was a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland and did graduate work in journalism at American University. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Arlington. He wrote poetry.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Irene Vargo Otto of Arlington; four children, Paula I. Otto of Richmond, Jeanine Otto of Fairfax and Mary J. Otto and Dr. Joseph V. Otto, both of Alexandria.

J. Kenneth Samuels

Agriculture Official

J. Kenneth Samuels, 92, who worked for the Agriculture Department for 30 years before retiring in 1972 as assistant administrator of its Farmer Cooperative Service, died Dec. 22 at his home in Seminole, Fla., after an apparent stroke.

During his years with the department, he did consulting work in Turkey and Paraguay for the Agency for International Development, wrote technical works on cooperative farm marketing and received Agriculture's Superior Service Award.

Mr. Samuels, a former District and Bethesda resident, was born in Canton, Ohio.

He was a graduate of Ohio State University, where he also received a master's degree in economics. He lived in the Washington area for 30 years before retiring to Florida in 1972.

He had been a member of Chevy Chase Baptist Church and the William R. Singleton Masonic Lodge No. 30, both in Washington. He also had served on the agriculture committee of the American Marketing Association and belonged to the American Farm Economic Association and to Gamma Sigma Delta, the honorary agriculture society.

Survivors include his wife, Beula Samuels of Seminole; a son, Robert Jay Samuels of Sterling; a daughter, Sue Ellen Stephenson of Kenneth City, Fla.; a brother, Jack Samuels of Mission, Tex.; and four grandchildren.