Anthony Raspolic

Mineral Economist

Anthony Raspolic, 63, a longtime Arlington resident who retired in 1997 after 29 years as a mineral economist at the Interior Department, died of colon cancer Jan. 5 at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church.

At various times during his career, Mr. Raspolic worked in the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Mines and the office of minerals.

He was born in Pittsburgh. He served in the Air Force, graduated from Arizona State University and did graduate work in economics at Brown University. He came to the Washington area in the late 1960s.

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Raspolic of Falls Church.

Ernest Gilbert Mallette

Architect and Home Builder

Ernest Gilbert Mallette, 96, a retired home builder and architectural consultant, died of respiratory distress Jan. 3 at Montgomery General Hospital.

For about 15 years until the early 1960s, Mr. Mallette built houses on spot lots, mainly in Montgomery County. Then for about eight years he was an architectural consultant to the Montgomery County Board of Education.

Mr. Mallette, who lived in the Washington area since the early 1940s, was a native of Lucedale, Miss. He moved to Baltimore while serving in the Army in the early 1920s and worked as a carpenter during the construction of the Pentagon.

He was a 33rd-degree Mason and a member of Almas Shrine Temple, the Scottish Rite and Montgomery Hills Baptist Church in Silver Spring.

His wife, Betty Lee Mallette, died in 1993. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Marcea Mitchell of Woodstock, Md.; and a sister.

Roland G. Henderson


Roland G. Henderson, 86, a geophysicist and research mathematician who retired in 1975 after 33 years with the U.S. Geological Survey, died Dec. 31 at his home in Washington. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Henderson specialized in the interpretation of magnetic and gravity fields and in computer applications in geophysical exploration. His work was used in the space program.

He wrote several books and a number of articles in his field and was an associate editor of Geophysics magazine. He lectured internationally, and his work was translated into Russian and German.

Mr. Henderson was born in Albia, Iowa. He was a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin and received a master's degree in math from Atlanta University. He did additional graduate work in math and geophysics at American University and the University of Wisconsin. He taught math at the Tuskegee Institute in the late 1930s.

Mr. Henderson was a deacon, credit union founder and trustee of Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington. He was a member of the Geophysics Union and the Seismology Society and a founder of the Potomac Geophysicists Society. He volunteered with the Anglers All Fishing Club and Tots and Teens.

He received a citation from former President Richard M. Nixon for his work with children and a Meritorious Service Award from the Interior Department.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Dora M. Henderson of Washington; three children, Anita Marshall and Shamsud-Din Henderson, both of Washington, and Nick Henderson of Oakland, Calif.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Charles Serabian

Restaurateur and Volunteer

Charles Serabian, 72, a retired restaurateur who devoted his time to community service organizations, mainly in Calvert County, died of cancer Jan. 8 at his home in Solomons.

Born in New York, Mr. Serabian was raised in Prince George's County and graduated from Bladensburg High School. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in zoology and served in the Navy during the Korean War.

For about 20 years until the early 1970s, he owned and operated a bar and grill restaurant in Hyattsville called Duffys. Then he moved to Solomons and immersed himself in volunteer work on behalf of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the American Red Cross.

Among his activities was fund-raising work for the Charlotte Hall Veterans' Home. He also served as chairman of Calvert County's blood-mobile committee, was president of the Southern Maryland Youth Camp, served on a subcommittee of the American Legion and was a longtime county delegate to the National American Legion Convention Committee.

He was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Solomons.

There are no immediate survivors.

Lester Samuel Jayson

Library of Congress Official

And Lawyer

Lester Samuel Jayson, 84, an author and expert in federal tort law who retired as director of what became the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in 1975, died of a heart attack Dec. 30 at Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, Fla. He lived in Bethesda.

He joined the Library of Congress in 1960 and four years later wrote "Federal Tort Claims: Administrative and Judicial Remedies," published by Matthew Bender Co. He last updated it in 1997.

In 1964, he also was supervising editor of "The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation," published by the Government Printing Office.

From 1975 to 1981, Mr. Jayson was a professor of constitutional and American law at Potomac Law School in Washington.

Mr. Jayson was born in New York City and graduated in 1936 from City College of New York and received a law degree from Harvard University in 1939.

He practiced law in New York and joined the Justice Department in 1942 as a special assistant to the U.S. attorney general. He moved to the Washington area in 1950 and later that decade became chief of the torts section of the Justice Department's civil division.

He was a past chairman of the federal tort claims committee of the Federal Bar Association, and his memberships included the American Bar Association's trial tactics committee, Cosmos Club, Harvard Club of Washington and American Friends of Wilton Park.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Evelyn Jayson of Bethesda; two daughters, Diane Jayson of Rockville and Jill Jayson Ladd of Bethesda; three brothers; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

Maurine W. Soxman

Club Member

Maurine W. Soxman, 92, a former Washington area resident who was active in military wives associations, died Dec. 31 at a nursing home in Bellingham, Wash.

Mrs. Soxman, a Texas native, had lived in the Washington area for about 50 years, mostly in Takoma Park, before moving to Bellingham in 1995.

She was a longtime member of the Silver Spring Women's Club and past president of what is now the National Military Families Association. She was a collector of antique glass and a member of the Amelung Chapter of the Early American Glass Club.

Her husband of about 70 years, retired Army Col. R.C. Soxman, died in 1997.

Survivors include a daughter, Linelle Soxman of Vancouver, B.C.; and a grandson.

Helen Connelly MacColl

Church Member

Helen Connelly MacColl, 100, a member of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington since the mid-1940s, died Dec. 24 at Ingleside at the Rock Creek nursing home in Washington.

Mrs. MacColl, who was active in the church's sewing and women's groups, also volunteered at the Sunday school nursery. In 1974, the church named the nursery room in honor of Mrs. MacColl and her husband, William MacColl, who died that year.

Mrs. MacColl was a native of Scotland who moved to Forest Hills, N.Y., in 1929 and came to the Washington area in 1943.

Her hobbies included knitting.

Survivors include a daughter, Helen MacColl Hawkins of College Park; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Margaret J. 'Peg' Gunter

Common Cause Volunteer

Margaret J. "Peg" Gunter, 73, a volunteer since the early 1970s at Common Cause in Washington and on the board of Common Cause Maryland in the 1980s and early 1990s, died of lung cancer Jan. 1 at her home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Gunter was born in Omaha and managed a program for foreign students at the University of Michigan in the 1940s.

She moved to the Washington area in the late 1940s and worked in the public relations department at Atlantic Research Corp. in the 1950s and early 1960s.

She was a member from 1970 to 1977 of the International Families of the Fund, an International Monetary Fund spouses' organization.

Her marriage to Homer Underwood ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 29 years, John W. Gunter of Bethesda; a son from her first marriage, Craig Underwood of Falls Church; a daughter from her first marriage, Sharon Cannon of Hume; her mother, Margaret Bowman of Bethesda; and two grandchildren.

M. Anne Haas


M. Anne Haas, 67, a secretary with the Army Department since the 1980s, died of a pulmonary embolism Dec. 12 at her home in Annandale.

Mrs. Haas was a native of Pittsburgh who moved to the Washington area 40 years ago. She was a bus driver for the Fairfax County schools from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s and then was a secretary at the Patent Office and the Agency for International Development.

She was a member of the Old Time Radio Club.

Her marriage to Wilbert F. Haas ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, Lynne Gomez of Alexandria, Mark Haas of Leesburg, Dean Haas of Lorton and Dan Lees of Sparta, Tenn.; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Carolyn Doe Herbert

Registered Nurse

Carolyn Doe Herbert, 60, a former registered nurse with the National Institutes of Health, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Jan. 3 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Mrs. Herbert, who lived in Gaithersburg, was born in Washington and grew up in Arlington and Herndon, where she graduated from Herndon High School in 1957.

Three years later, she received a degree in nursing from Washington Hospital Center. She worked as an NIH occupational medicine and employee health nurse for a few years in the mid-1960s and 1970s. She was also a nurse at an Air Force hospital in Belleville, Ill.

She was an active member of the Christian Women's Club Ministries and the nondenominational Forcey Memorial Church in Silver Spring, where among other activities she served as a newspaper editor.

Survivors include her husband, David A. Herbert of Gaithersburg; her parents, Harry and Elizabeth Doe of Herndon; two brothers; and a sister.

Peter McCann Giesey

Administrative Law Judge

Peter McCann Giesey, 71, a Labor Department administrative law judge from 1975 to 1992, died of cancer Jan. 4 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Giesey was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in political science and history. He received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1956.

He was a lawyer at the Federal Trade Commission and specialized in anti-trust law at the firm Dickstein & Shapiro in the 1950s before joining the National Labor Relations Board from 1960 to 1968 as a trial lawyer.

Before joining the Labor Department, Mr. Giesey had a private practice and also worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and what became the Health and Human Services Department.

He was a member of the Virginia and D.C. bar associations.

Mr. Giesey's hobbies included sailing and sculpting with metal.

He served in the Navy during the Korean War and retired from the Reserve as a commander in 1972.

His marriage to Maria Gigliotti Giesey ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Ella Meadows Giesey of Washington; two daughters from his first marriage, Francesca Giesey Smith of Los Angeles and Marisa Giesey of San Jose; three stepdaughters, Judith Meyer of Eureka, Calif., Normandie Ward Milton of Newark, Del., and Heidi Ward Ravenel of Charleston, S.C.; a stepson, Richard A. Ward Jr. of Napa, Calif.; a brother; and 11 grandchildren.

Edward 'Ed' Ramos

Electronics Scientist

Edward "Ed" Ramos, 80, a retired Harry Diamond Laboratories electronics scientist, died of cancer Dec. 30 at his home in Washington.

He began his career in the late 1940s working on digital and analog computers as a physicist for the National Bureau of Standards. After becoming an electronics scientist, he took a job with the Harry Diamond Laboratories and worked there for more than 20 years until retiring in 1975.

He was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Dunbar High School. He attended Howard University, then worked as a machinist at the Naval Torpedo Factory before serving in the Navy as a radio technician during World War II.

He completed his degree in physics from Howard University after the war.

He was a member of the Capitol City Amateur Radio Society and the Amateur Electronic Communications Association.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Barbara Adams Ramos of Washington; and a stepdaughter, Lisa Ann Bourne of Silver Spring.

Jack E. Reidinger

Radio and TV Producer

Jack E. Reidinger, 53, an independent radio and television producer for the past 15 years who made corporate videos and infomercials, died of cardiac arrest and complications from chest surgery Jan. 1 at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Mr. Reidinger, a Washington resident, was born in the District and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring in 1965.

In the 1960s, he was a singer at area clubs while attending the University of Maryland and working as a mailman at the Congressional Post Office.

He was a talent agent and ran Jack Berry Productions from the mid-1960s to early-1970s before working at booking agencies in New York.

He returned to the Washington area in the late 1970s and did sales and promotion work for various agencies, including the Washington chapter of the American Federation of Musicians.

His hobbies included fishing and gambling.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Laura Reidinger of Washington; his parents, Joseph and Rebecca Reidinger of Silver Spring; a brother, Murray Reidinger of Silver Spring; and a sister, Marcia Hoexter of Vienna.

Virginia 'Ginny' Meyers Villafranco

Choral Group Volunteer

Virginia "Ginny" Meyers Villafranco, 64, a volunteer since the late 1980s at the Washington Bach Consort choral group, died of a lung ailment at Arlington Hospital.

A native of Princeton, N.J., Mrs. Villafranco graduated from Miss Fine's School in Princeton and the old Marjorie Webster College in Washington.

She lived in Colorado and New Jersey before settling in Falls Church in the early 1970s.

Her hobbies included attending theater and ballet.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, retired Air Force Capt. Ronald V. Villafranco of Falls Church; and a sister.