Elizabeth Thaxton Page


Elizabeth Thaxton "Betty" Page, 75, who helped her son, former Washington Post music critic Tim Page, in the editing of "The Glenn Gould Reader," published in 1984, died at her Arlington home Jan. 16. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Page was born in Washington and was raised across the country while her father served in Marine Corps assignments. She graduated with honors from Stanford University. As a young woman, she worked briefly as a journalist in San Francisco.

She attended Falls Church Episcopal Church.

In addition to Tim Page, of St. Louis, survivors include her husband, Dr. Ellis B. Page of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two other children, Dr. Betsy Page Sigman of McLean and Dr. Richard Page of Plano; a brother; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

Edward J. Kelley

Air Force Colonel

Edward J. Kelley, 79, a retired Air Force colonel who also did oceanographic and intelligence work for the Navy, died Jan. 16 at his home in Alexandria. He had prostate cancer and sepsis.

He retired in 1967 as a meteorological operations officer with the Strategic Air Command. His Air Force work included Arctic surveys that helped prepare for ship and submarine penetration of that region. He also taught courses for ice forecasters and observers.

Col. Kelley was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y. He was a graduate of Marietta College. He did graduate work in Russian at Columbia University and in engineering administration at George Washington University and the University of the Philippines.

Posted to Europe as a B-17 "Flying Fortress" bombardier and navigator during World War II, he was shot down over Berlin in March 1944. He was held prisoner by the Germans until the war ended in Europe in 1945.

After the war, Col. Kelley was assigned to nuclear detection operations and commanded an intelligence unit in England. He was later commander of the meteorological unit in Korea.

After he retired, he was a senior scientist and intelligence analyst with the Navy Department.

His honors included a Purple Heart and four Air Medals.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marjorie Kelley of Alexandria; two children, Edward J. Kelley Jr. III of Los Gatos, Calif., and Kathleen Spicer of Fairfax; and two grandsons.

Dorothea Bendell McNulty


Dorothea Bendell McNulty, 73, a former elementary school teacher who taught reading comprehension at Federal City College in the 1960s and at American University in the 1970s, died of lung cancer Dec. 22 at Manor Care nursing home in Rockville. She lived in Rockville.

In the late 1970s, she was a project manager at Congrex International, which organizes international seminars and forums.

Dr. McNulty was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., and graduated from the College of New Rochelle. She received a master's degree in education from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a philosophy doctorate from Catholic University.

In the 1950s, she taught at elementary schools in New York and the Washington area, including Darnestown Elementary. From the 1950s to 1970s, she taught religion at St. Mary's School in Rockville, and she had tutored there since the late 1990s.

Her memberships included the Legislative Network of the Archdiocese of Washington, and at the time of her death, she was president of the Knights of Columbus women's auxiliary in Derwood.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Joseph John McNulty, of Rockville; two sons, Chris, of Rockville, and Sean, of Point of Rocks; two daughters, Jodee McNulty Chester of Gainesville, Fla., and Siobhan McNulty Stephens of Groveoak, Ala.; and 11 grandchildren.

Elwood Taub

Labor Official

Elwood Taub, 76, a retired director of the Labor Department's labor-management relations office who also had been a labor union official, died of cancer Jan. 16 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He lived in Washington and Ocean Pines, Md.

He worked for the Labor Department in Washington from 1977 until retiring in 1986.

Mr. Taub, a native of Scranton, Pa., was a 1946 economics graduate of Oberlin College. He came to Washington in the early 1950s and worked for the Pulp and Sulfite Workers Union. In the 1960s, he was a research and education director with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees before serving in 1968 as an administrative assistant to Sen. Wayne Morse (D-Ore.).

He then worked for Nassau County, N.Y., and the city of New York as a manpower development specialist before serving as a deputy regional director of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He also had taught at Pace and Cornell universities before returning to Washington in 1977.

Mr. Taub had served on the national board of Planned Parenthood. His hobbies included horseback riding, sailing and duplicate bridge.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Dorothy, of Washington and Ocean Pines; a son, David, of New York; two daughters, Amy Taub of San Francisco and Laurie Goold, of Falls Church; four granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

Alan Winthrop Peters


Alan Winthrop Peters, 62, a chemist since 1980 with W.R. Grace & Co. in Columbia and whose speciality was pollution abatement, died of influenza and pneumonia Jan. 12 at his home in Silver Spring.

From 1994 to 1999, he was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of the District of Columbia.

Dr. Peters, who was born in Cincinnati, was a chemistry graduate of the University of San Francisco. He received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.

In the 1960s and 1970s, he was a chemist at Mobil Corp. in New Jersey.

He was a member of the American Chemical Society and wrote a text about the culture of science.

His marriage to Margaret Collier Peters ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of eight years, Elizabeth Iribe Trexler Peters of Ashton; three children from his first marriage, Dana Peters of Washington, Susanna Peters of Newark, Del., and Alan Lowell Peters of Washington; a stepson, Brendan Iribe Trexler of Ashton; a brother; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

Ray Sena Jr.

Foreign Service Officer

Ray Sena Jr., 83, a Foreign Service officer for 24 years before retiring in 1975 as counselor of embassy in Venezuela, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 16 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Sena, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., served in the Army in Europe during World War II. He received three Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He was a 1946 graduate of Georgetown University's foreign service school. He worked at the Atomic Energy Commission in the late 1940s.

In 1959, he received the State Department's Meritorious Service Award for his work at the American Embassy in Beirut a year earlier.

He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington.

His first wife, Eva Marquart Sena, died in 1957.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Welch Sena of Washington; four children from his first marriage, Stephen D. Sena of Springfield, Michael G. Sena of Jacksonville, Fla., Patrick R. Sena of San Jose and Barbara Sena Hosenfeld of Santa Fe, N.M.; a brother; and seven grandchildren.

Christopher U. Sylvester

Congressional Aide

Christopher Urdahl Sylvester, 70, a longtime aide to former Sen. Milton R. Young (R-N.D.), died Jan. 15 at a nursing home in Fargo, N.D., where he had been treated since September 1999. Mr. Sylvester, who had a stroke and asthma, was stricken while vacationing in Minnesota. He had lived in McLean.

Mr. Sylvester came to Washington and joined Young as executive secretary in 1955. Two years later, he became the senator's administrative assistant, a post from which he retired when Young left the senate in 1981. Over the years, Mr. Sylvester became an authority on agriculture and appropriations matters.

Mr. Sylvester left Capitol Hill for two years in the mid-1970s to serve on the Federal Renegotiation Board. From 1981 to 1993, he had been a legislative consultant.

Mr. Sylvester, a native of Hatton, N.D., was an honors graduate of the University of North Dakota law school. Before coming to Washington, he had served as an assistant attorney general of North Dakota.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Elizabeth, of McLean; a son, Hans, of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Margarethe Hardwick of Baltimore and Kirsten Sylvester of Washington; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Aline C. Delaney

CIA Intelligence Officer

Aline C. Delaney, 82, who joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1957 and retired in 1973 as an intelligence officer, died of cancer Jan. 7 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Arlington.

From 1975 to 1985, she was assistant to the property manager at the Pinewood Greens Homeowners Association in Falls Church.

Mrs. Delaney was born in Nicholls, Ga., and grew up in Anderson, S.C. She attended Anderson College and spent four years in the office of Appleton Corp., a textile firm in Anderson.

From 1941 to 1957, she worked in Washington as a personnel classifier at the Civil Service Commission, the predecessor of the Office of Personnel Management.

Her hobbies included collecting antiques.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, John A. Delaney of Arlington; two daughters, Suzanne D. Smith of Fairfax and Mary Jane Solomon of Falls Church; two sisters; a brother; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Gizelle C. Frekko


Gizelle C. Frekko, 92, died of kidney failure Jan. 14 at Shady Grove Nursing Center. Since 1980 she had lived in Montgomery Village, where she belonged to St. John Neuman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Frekko, who was born in Brad, Hungary, came to the United States in 1932 and settled in New York, where she was an accountant for 30 years for a mining corporation and a conglomerate.

Her husband, Anthony C. Frekko, died in 1968.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Tibor E. Frekko of Potomac; and five grandchildren.