Christie Johanna Mills


Christie Johanna Mills, 98, who taught business education in the public schools of Washington and Prince George's County, died Jan. 4 at Snow Hill Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Salisbury. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Mills was born in Minneapolis, and she graduated from Whitewater State Teachers College in Wisconsin.

In the early 1930s, she moved to Washington. For about 10 years in the 1930s and early 1940s, she taught in the District and at Greenbelt Junior High School in Prince George's.

She was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Michigan Avenue in Northeast Washington for 50 years and taught Sunday school there for 30 years.

In the mid-1960s, she became one of the first residents of Leisure World in Silver Spring, and she lived there for 30 years until moving to Salisbury in 1996.

Her husband of 43 years, Roger Q. Mills, died in 1974.

Survivors include a daughter, Arla Stroup of Salisbury; and two granddaughters.

Robert C. Wilson


Robert C. Wilson, 83, a retired news editor with U.S. News & World Report and a former World War II correspondent for the Associated Press, died Jan. 4 at Georgetown University Hospital. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Wilson joined U.S. News in 1955. During 23 years with the magazine, he covered politics on Capitol Hill and served as a news editor. He retired in 1978.

As an AP war correspondent, Mr. Wilson covered Allied airborne operations across the Rhine River in Germany in the final months of the war in Europe. In March 1945, he was aboard a troop carrier aircraft that was shot down behind German lines. He parachuted from the airplane, then hid in a farmhouse with British soldiers. When the house came under attack, he escaped through a window and crawled through fields amid artillery fire until reaching safety with advancing U.S. soldiers.

His first-person account of the experience was featured in newspapers across the United States. He also wrote eyewitness accounts of the British sky trooper stand at Arnhem in the Netherlands when British forces were cut off for eight days and nights under German fire.

Mr. Wilson has been a resident of Washington since 1954. He was born in Bennington, Vt., and graduated from Duke University. He began his newspaper career in 1937 with the Vermont Press Bureau in Montpelier. Later he worked for newspapers in Rutland, Vt. and Springfield, Mass., and the Associated Press in Albany and Syracuse, N.Y., and New York City before going overseas. He was assigned to London and Paris for AP.

In Washington, he was a government public affairs officer for a year before joining U.S. News.

His first wife, Rebecca Wilson, died when he was overseas for AP, and his marriage to Violaine Hoppenot ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Huguette Vallier Wilson of Washington; their son, Stephen R. Wilson of London; two children from his second marriage, Michael Wilson of Los Angeles and Anne Bretel of Paris; and six grandchildren.

Catherine Louise Gorski

Retail Worker

Catherine Louise Gorski, 81, a retail worker during the 1950s at a family business, J. Fred Weigert pork products market in Northeast Washington, died of lung cancer Jan. 3 at the Hospice of the Chesapeake in Millersville.

Mrs. Gorski was born in Washington and graduated from St. Gabriel's High School.

She attended Dunbarton College and while in college took advertisements at the Washington Times-Herald newspaper.

In the 1960s, she moved to District Heights, where she was a member of Mount Calvary Catholic Church.

Her first husband, Louis Frick, died in 1950, and her second husband, Stanley J. Gorski, died in 1990.

Survivors include two daughters from her first marriage, Kathleen Michael of Alexandria and Maureen Lombardo of Annapolis; a daughter from her second marriage, Mary Gorski-Gage of Nellysford, Va.; and seven grandchildren.

Mary Edith Cooper Upperco

Church Volunteer

Mary Edith Cooper Upperco, 94, a former trustee and Sunday school teacher at Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 1 at the health care center of The Hermitage in Alexandria.

Mrs. Upperco, a resident of Arlington for more than 60 years, was born in Hampstead, Md., and graduated from Towson State Normal School.

As a young woman, she taught school in Hampstead and helped her husband operate a neighborhood bakery in Philadelphia.

She moved to Arlington in 1932. She was a former president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union and an officer of United Methodist Women. For 11 years in the late 1950s and early 1960s, she drove a van for the Birchwood School in Arlington. She was a volunteer poll worker on Election Day for about 30 years.

Her avocations included playing bridge, cooking and oil painting, which she took up at the age of 75.

Her husband, Carroll E. Upperco, died in 1981.

Survivors include two children, Jesse R. Upperco of Arlington and Mary Esther Gay of West Friendship, Md.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Claude W. Owen Jr.

Mechanical Engineer

Claude W. Owen Jr., 79, a mechanical engineer at the General Services Administration from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 4 at his home in Potomac.

Mr. Owen had devoted the last 25 years to his hobbies, including woodwork, antique automobile restoration and building model railroads.

He won several best-of-show awards from several groups to which he belonged, including the Nation's Capital chapter of the Model T Ford Club International, Antique Automobile Club of America and National Model Railroad Association.

Mr. Owen was born in Washington and graduated from Roosevelt High School in the late 1930s.

After serving in the Army in Europe during World War II and receiving the Purple Heart, Mr. Owen worked about two decades at his family business, a wholesale plumbing and heating supply firm called E.G. Schafer & Co. He left Schafer as a vice president.

He was a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Northeast Washington and a member of the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patricia Cox Owen of Potomac; two sons, Don and Claude III, both of Bethesda; a brother, Thomas G. Owen of Gaithersburg; a sister, Marie-Gay Lodge of Clearwater, Fla.; and six grandchildren. A daughter, Vandelia Maye Owen, died in 1981.

William B. Triplett

Auto Parts Salesman

William B. Triplett, 89, a salesman who retired in the 1970s after about 40 years with Phelps Roberts Corp., an auto parts company, died of a heart attack Jan. 2 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Triplett was a native of Washington and a graduate of McKinley Technical High School.

He was a member of Chevy Chase United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Rosalie Headley Triplett of Bethesda; three sons, David Triplett of Seal Beach, Calif., William Triplett Jr. of Francestown, N.H., and Joe Triplett of Adamstown, Md.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Josephine Cannington Kerbey Shaw


Josephine Cannington Kerbey Shaw, 77, a part-time clerk at U.S. News & World Report magazine from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, died of heart disease and renal failure Jan. 1 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She lived in McLean.

Mrs. Shaw was born in Washington and graduated in 1938 from the old Western High School. She received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1942.

After graduation, she was a programmer at International Business Machines Corp. in Norfolk and a cryptographer for the Office of Strategic Services. From 1945 to 1947, she was in Paris as a business machine programmer at the State and War departments.

From the late 1940s to the early 1950s, Mrs. Shaw developed computer programs at what was then the Veterans Administration. In the early to mid-1960s, she worked at the National Security Agency in the computer and cryptography field.

Mrs. Shaw was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and past president of its Northern Virginia Alumni Association.

Her hobbies included bridge, bowling and doing puzzles.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Dr. William F. Shaw of McLean; a daughter, Teresa A. Shaw of Falls Church; a son, William F. Shaw Jr. of Roswell, Ga.; a brother; a sister; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Woodrow Wilson Cole

Amoco Dealer

Woodrow Wilson Cole, 78, who owned Amoco gas stations in Silver Hill, Marlow Heights and Suitland, died of cerebral-vascular disease Dec. 23 at the Spa Creek Center in Annapolis. His home was in Dunkirk.

Mr. Cole was born in Poolesville and was a graduate of Poolesville High School. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

He retired several years ago as owner of Cole's Automotive in Clinton.

As president of the Greater Washington-Maryland Service Station Dealer Association during the Carter administration, he helped organize a demonstration of tow trucks and picketers at the White House in an effort to overturn new gasoline price rules.

Mr. Cole worked to encourage passage in Maryland of legislation prohibiting oil refiners from directly owning gas stations in the state. He also organized a political action committee of station owners. He was a director of the National Gasoline Dealers Association of America and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Gasoline Dealers in 1986. He was named Dealer of the Year in 1982.

Mr. Cole was a Mason and a member of the Almas Temple and a volunteer with the Boy and Girl Scouts. He served as president and secretary of the Prince George's County Board of Trade, president of the Shriners in Southeast Washington and the South Gate Lions Club in Camp Springs and as Lions district governor. His honors included the highest awards of Lions International.

His marriage to Margaret Cole ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Brooke Cole of Dunkirk; three children from his first marriage; five children from his second marriage; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Anthony C. DiCesare


Anthony C. DiCesare, 60, a psychologist who was in private practice in Silver Spring and taught at Towson University, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 27 at Holy Cross Hospital. A resident of Silver Spring, he had lived in the Washington area since 1968.

Dr. DiCesare was a native of Holden, Mass., and a graduate of Suffolk University. He received a master's degree in psychology from Michigan State University and a doctorate in psychology and statistics from the University of Maryland. He served in the Air Force.

Early in his career, Dr. DiCesare was a counselor and testing specialist in the schools of Bath, Mich. Later he was associate director for institutional development at Towson and vice chairman of the university's graduate programs in psychology. He retired as an associate professor in June.

Dr. DiCesare did research and published articles on the influence of race in the acquisition of counseling skills and on suicide prevention techniques. He also wrote about personality change after traumatic brain injury.

He was a member of the American Psychological Association, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was a volunteer with the D.C. Hotline.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Constance Bogh DiCesare of Silver Spring; a son, Anthony Eric DiCesare of Olympia, Wash.; his mother, Mary Pace of Everett, Mass.; and a sister.

Joseph M. Matusek


Joseph M. Matusek, 65, who retired in 1990 as comptroller and vice president of the National Bank of Washington, died of lung cancer Jan. 4 at his home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Matusek was born in Dunmore, Pa., and raised in Washington. He was a graduate of Western High School and Southeastern University. He served in the Army in Germany.

He worked for Liberty and State National banks before joining National Bank around 1960.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring and president of the Washington chapter of the Bank Administration Institute.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Matusek of Silver Spring; five children, Donna Greenan of Annapolis, David Matusek of Silver Spring, Joseph R. Matusek of Olney, Regina Williams of Columbia and Mark Matusek of Derwood; a brother, Robert Matusek of Frederick, Md.; and nine grandchildren.

Carl A. Covington

Technical Adviser

Carl A. Covington, 85, an aeronautical engineer whose work included jet engine development and who was a technical adviser in the office of the secretary of defense from 1951 to 1970, died of sepsis Jan. 3 at the Mount Vernon Nursing Center. He was being treated for broken legs and a stroke.

Mr. Covington, whose home was in Alexandria, began his career as a mechanical engineer with General Electric in New York. He went to work for the Navy in Washington in 1940, doing research in aircraft design that helped result in the F-6F Hellcat, a carrier-based fighter plane.

He was also project engineer for the B-70 and B-1 strategic aircraft and coordinator of other aircraft and ballistic missile projects. He was adviser on the Air Force nuclear power program and a member of the president's scientific advisory committee on ballistic missiles.

After he retired, Mr. Covington was vice president of a Teledyne manufacturing division dealing with small engines and then was a consultant on tractor designs for the John Deere Corp. He held patents for a number of hydraulic and pneumatic devices.

Mr. Covington was a native of Stevensburg, Va., and a graduate of George Washington University.

He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Grace G. Covington of Alexandria; two children, Carol C. Bellonby of McLean and Dr. John A. Covington of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Sibyl Grayson Salsbery

Administrative Assistant

Sibyl Grayson Salsbery, 70, an administrative assistant at General Dynamics Corp. for the last 10 years, died Jan. 2 at George Washington University Hospital. The cause of death was unknown pending an autopsy. She had cancer.

Mrs. Salsbery was a resident of Alexandria and a native of New Orleans. She was a GWU graduate.

She began her career as a secretary at a predecessor agency of the Federal Aviation Administration and later worked for the U.S. Railway Association.

In addition, she helped her husband with his business, Salsbery Associates, a photographic studio in Washington.

She was president of the Washington chapter and regional organization of the Inner Wheel, affiliated with Rotary International. She was chief election officer for her Fairfax County precinct and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Lee Salsbery of Alexandria; four children, Lee K. Salsbery and Glenda Salsbery, both of Alexandria, Gary Salsbery of Fullerton, Calif., and Pamela Coe of Baltimore; and a sister.

Joseph Casimir Michalowicz

Catholic University Official

Joseph Casimir Michalowicz, 83, who joined the staff at Catholic University of America in the mid-1940s and retired in 1978 as dean of admissions, financial aid and records, died of congestive heart failure and renal failure Dec. 29 at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J. Mr. Michalowicz, a resident of Chevy Chase since the late 1940s, moved to Southampton, N.J., in spring 1999.

Mr. Michalowicz was born in Washington and graduated from Gonzaga College High School. At Catholic University in the 1940s, he received a bachelor's and a master's degree in electrical engineering.

Among the positions he held while working at the school were head of the Electrical Engineering Department and associate dean of the School of Engineering and Architecture.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

His memberships included the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Sigma Xi and Alpha Delta Gamma fraternities and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington.

He held a patent on an electronic fuel meter he designed.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Louise Anselmo Michalowicz of Southampton, N.J.; three sons, Dr. Joseph V., of Manassas, John A., of Acton, Mass., and James L., of Medford, N.J.; two daughters, Jeanne Marie Dabney of Leonardtown, Md., and Joan Louise Michalowicz of Salisbury, Md.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Anne L. Young


Anne L. Young, 72, a home and hospital teacher with the Prince George's County Public Schools for 25 years before retiring in 1997, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 31 at her home in Temple Hills.

She had served as co-chair of the Prince George's Home and Hospital Teachers Association and was a founder of the Home and Hospital Teachers Association of Maryland.

Mrs. Young, who came to the Washington area in 1952, was a native of Hamden, Conn. She was a 1949 graduate of Cornell University.

She was a founding member of Davies Memorial Unitarian Church in Temple Hills. Her hobbies included travel.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Arthur Franklin Young of Temple Hills; six children, Arthur G. Young of Woodbridge, Alan E. Young of Springfield, Arlana F. Young of Beratzhausen, Germany, Andrea J. Young of Salt Lake City, Amy E. Waye of Silver Spring and Austin D. Young of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother; and eight grandchildren.