Salesman, Personnel Director
Leon Bick, 81, retired personnel director and salesman for District Wholesale Drugs and its successor Spectro Industries, died of cancer Jan. 9 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Bick was born in Chester, Pa., and grew up in Washington. He graduated from Eastern High School and American University.
During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific.
He lived in California after the war and received a master's degree in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He then sold real estate in California.
In 1958, Mr. Bick returned to Washington and began his career with District Wholesale Drugs. He retired from Spectro Industries in 1985.
His marriage to Barbara Lichtenstein ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Rhea Spector Bick, whom he married in 1970, of Washington; three children from his first marriage, Randy and Kathy Bick, both of Washington, and Robby Bick of Vineyard Haven, Mass.; three stepdaughters, Shelly Ipiotis of Greece, Sharon Spector of Baltimore and Barbara Spector of Seattle; a sister, Dorothy Bialek of Chevy Chase; and two grandchildren.
Andrew Matuskey, 76, an Army Corps of Engineers hydrologist from the mid-1950s until he retired in 1985, died of a heart disorder Dec. 17 at Howard County General Hospital. He lived in Ellicott City.
Mr. Matuskey was born in Czechoslovakia, and his family moved to Morgantown, W.Va., in the 1920s.
He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps as a firefighter in West Virginia, then served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific theater during World War II.
He worked in a variety of retail jobs in the Washington area before joining the Corps of Engineers.
Mr. Matuskey belonged to the Masons and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
His hobbies included duckpin bowling.
His first marriage, to Clara Matuskey, ended in divorce.
His wife of 53 years, Phyllis Matuskey, died in April 1999.
Survivors include three children from his second marriage, Linda, of Silver Spring, and Michael and Joe, both of Ellicott City; five sisters, Helen Banis of Keswick, Va., Mary Ann Lynn of Rockville, Sylvia Mitchell of West Hollywood, Fla., Katie McGinness of Cleveland and Betty Slaughter of Independence, W.Va.; three brothers, Robert Matuskey of Yarnell, Ariz., Ronald Matuskey of Crestline, Calif., and Herbert Matuskey of Macomb Township, Mich.; and four grandchildren.
Gerald Lee Murphy
Gerald Lee Murphy, 55, a Washington native and Suitland High School graduate who served three tours in Vietnam before retiring from the Army in 1990 as a lieutenant colonel, died of cancer Jan. 14 at a hospital in Kilmarnock, Va. He had lived in Fleeton, Va.
Col. Murphy, who was commissioned in 1968, served in the Army for 23 years before retiring from active duty. In Vietnam, he had worked in transportation projects and as an adviser to the South Vietnamese army. His last assignment was with the Army Signal Command at the Pentagon.
His military decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.
Survivors include his wife, Beate, of Fleeton; his mother, Rita Farley Murphy, and two sisters, Eileen Buchanan and Joyce Greskovic, all of La Plata; and two brothers, Robert, of Montross, Va., and Raymond, of La Plata.
William J. Garner
William J. Garner, 79, who retired in the 1980s after 42 years as a sales representative for construction materials manufacturers, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 15 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.
Mr. Garner, a native of Richmond, attended Virginia Military Institute.
He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and retired from the reserve in the 1980s.
Mr. Garner was commander of the Potomac River Power Squadron and a member of the Selby Bay and West River yacht clubs.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Genevieve Lockwood Garner of Alexandria; and a sister, Jane Garner Tomasello of Richmond.
Albert John Tovornik
Albert John Tovornik, 57, a computer specialist who retired in December after 38 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, died Jan 16 in a parking lot at Bishop McNamara High School in District Heights after walking on the track there.
The cause of death has not been determined and is under investigation by the Maryland medical examiner.
Mr. Tovornik, who lived in District Heights, was born in Washington. He was a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Darlene Tovornik of District Heights; three children, Matthew Tovornik of Bethesda, Mary Tovornik of Storrs, Conn., and Theresa Gabbard of Salisbury, Md.; and a sister, Marie Tovornik of Washington.
Meatcutter and Minister
Ralph Bort, 85, a retired meatcutter who had been a Southern Baptist licensed lay minister for 40 years, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 16 at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. He lived in Montgomery Village in Gaithersburg.
Mr. Bort, who was born in Bethesda, was a Bethesda firefighter from 1929 to 1940. Later that year, after brief Army service, he became an A&P grocery store meatcutter. He worked in A&P stores across the area before retiring in 1975 from the Aspen Hill store in Wheaton.
He was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church in Bethesda. Over the years, he had carried his ministry to such groups as prisoners.
His wife, Nettie Mae, died in 1979.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Queen of Columbia, Joanna Davis of Gaithersburg and Theresa Krieg of South Carolina; three brothers, the Rev. William Bort of Bethesda, the Rev. Anthony Bort of Florida and Joseph Bort of Rockville; a sister, Erma LaRoche of Marietta, Ga.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Martin R. Hayes
Martin R. Hayes, 70, a budget analyst from the late 1950s until 1985 at what became the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, died of an aneurysm Jan. 14 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Rockville.
Mr. Hayes, a native of Hartford, Conn., was a business administration graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received a master's degree in finance from the University of Miami in Florida.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War and retired from the reserve in the early 1960s as a lieutenant. In the late 1950s, he became a budget analyst at the NRC's precursor, the Atomic Energy Commission.
His hobbies included restoring antique furniture and visiting museums.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Joyce W. Hayes of Rockville; three sons, William, of Silver Spring, Thomas, of Rockville, and David, of Baltimore; two daughters, Helen Hayes of Gaithersburg and Sara Sagel of Parkland, Fla.; two brothers; a sister; and five grandchildren.
Dorothy Thomas Lee
Church Member and Volunteer
Dorothy Thomas Lee, 90, a 50-year member of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington and a volunteer at Sibley Memorial Hospital from the 1950s to the 1970s, died of pneumonia Jan. 14 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Mrs. Lee, a Washington native, lived in Kenwood, Md., from 1950 until moving to Sherwood Forest, where she had lived since 1985. She was a graduate of the old Central High School and Hood College.
In Annapolis, she was a docent at the William Paca House in the late 1980s and a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution. Her hobbies included gardening and reading.
Her husband, T. Girard Lee, died in 1961.
Survivors include a daughter, Janet Lee Gildea of Sherwood Forest; a son, T. Girard "Jerry" Lee Jr. of Sherwood Forest; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Jane Williamson Walmsley
Jane Williamson Walmsley, 78, a clerk at Woodward & Lothrop department store and the State Department in the late 1930s and early 1940s, died of complications of diabetes Dec. 29 at a hospital in Sarasota, Fla.
Mrs. Walmsley, a Washington native, graduated from the old Central High School in 1938. She moved to California in 1992 and to Sarasota in September 1999.
From 1956 to 1958, she taught English to South Vietnamese Army officers in Saigon. She was there with her husband, Richard W. Walmsley Sr., an executive officer with the U.S. Information Service, who died in 1991.
Survivors include two sons, Peter W. Walmsley of Warrenton and Richard W. Walmsley Jr. of Sarasota; a daughter, Peggy Ann Ross of Bealeton; a sister, Rebecca Williamson Splain of Washington; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Donald Beagle, 69, a native of Alexandria who performed on children's television programs in Richmond in the 1950s and 1960s and later retired as a Virginia health department information officer, died of emphysema Jan. 16 at Retreat Hospital in Richmond. He lived in Glen Allen, Va.
Mr. Beagle was a graduate of George Washington High School. He attended American and Virginia Commonwealth universities and served in the Navy. He worked for Washington radio stations WOL and WRC in the 1950s. He performed in Richmond on the "Dandy Beagle and Sooper Dog Show."
A son, Jon Beagle, died in 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Graziani Beagle; four children; and eight grandchildren.
Victor P. Abdow
Victor P. Abdow, 67, a partner with his sons in Friendship Florist in Northwest Washington, died Jan. 15 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had coronary artery disease.
Mr. Abdow, a native of Worcester, Mass., moved to Washington when he was 16. He served in the Army.
He operated a flower stand in Mount Pleasant as a young man and then had a Hi-Boy Donut Shop in Silver Hill. He owned Vic's Florist on Columbia Road NW before buying Friendship in 1971.
Mr. Abdow, who lived in Bethesda, was a member of St. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Bethesda and was a volunteer with the Amara Civic Club and American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Mary Juanita Abdow of Bethesda; two sons, Victor P. Abdow Jr. of Silver Spring and Jeffrey F. Abdow of Bethesda; a stepson, Michael A. Walton of Alexandria; four sisters, Alice Abdow of Potomac, Rose Yonkers of Silver Hill, Marion Brusada of Worcester and Lorraine Abdelmasseh of Cleveland; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.