George Andrew Stevenson

Pharmacist and Salesman

George Andrew Stevenson, 88, a pharmacist and salesman who retired from Upjohn Co. in 1976, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure Jan. 19 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Stevenson, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Beverly, N.J. He graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy.

He began his pharmaceutical career in the 1930s at a Boardwalk pharmacy in Atlantic City. He joined Upjohn Co. in 1940 as a salesman and moved to the Washington area in 1954 when Upjohn opened its Washington office.

Mr. Stevenson was a volunteer with Catholic Youth Organization sports programs at St. Bartholomew's Church in Bethesda, where in 1965 he helped launch a soccer program.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Rita R. Stevenson of Bethesda; five children, Dr. Mary M. Stevenson of Montreal, George A. Stevenson Jr. of Shellknob, Mo., Charles F. Stevenson of Columbus, Ga., John E. Stevenson of Albuquerque and Stephen J. Stevenson of Bethesda; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Raymond B. Manning

Smithsonian Marine Specialist

Raymond Brendan Manning, 65, who worked at the Smithsonian Institution since 1963 and was curator of invertebrate zoology and senior zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History, died of lung cancer Jan. 18 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Vienna.

Dr. Manning was born in Brooklyn and graduated from the University of Miami in Florida with a bachelor's degree in zoology in 1956, a master's degree in marine biology in 1959 and a marine biology doctorate in 1963.

From 1970 to 1990, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, George Washington University and University of Miami.

His memberships included the Cosmos Club.

He was a founding member in 1979 and past president of the Crustacean Society and received the society's Excellence in Research Award in 1999.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Lilly King Manning of Vienna; and a daughter, Marian M. Bruffy of Hume, Va.

Delia E. McDermott


Delia E. McDermott, 90, a retired certified public accountant who worked for agencies that included the General Services Administration, Agency for International Development, Defense Contract Audit Agency and Maritime Commission, died of dementia Jan. 19 at Hospice of Northern Virginia. She lived in Springfield.

Mrs. McDermott was born in Lebanon, Kan. She was graduate of Benjamin Franklin University, where she also received a master's degree in accounting.

She retired in 1974, after 35 years with the government. In addition, she and her husband, William Thomas McDermott, operated a tax preparation and bookkeeping business, which she closed in 1985.

Mrs. McDermott was a director of the D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a charter member and president of the D.C. chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants.

Her marriage to Bill Walsh ended in divorce. William McDermott died in 1979.

Survivors include three children from her second marriage, William Thomas McDermott Jr. of Richmond, Ellen McDermott of Arlington and Susan McDermott of Springfield; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

John Patrick Finzel

Benefits Agent, Theater Usher

John Patrick Finzel, 59, a former U.S. marshal and Woodward & Lothrop sales associate who retired in the early 1990s as a health benefits agent with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, died of cardiovascular disease Dec. 25 at Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Finzel, a lifelong Washington resident, graduated from St. John's College High School in 1958 and La Salle College in Philadelphia in 1962.

He worked for the U.S. Marshals Service for about 15 years until the mid-1970s, then spent about 15 years at the Woodward & Lothrop store in Chevy Chase until the early 1990s and about two years for the Office of Personnel Management. For the last four years, he was an usher at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema Theater on Wisconsin Avenue.

There are no immediate survivors.

Anne Sheriff

Office Manager

Anne Sheriff, 77, who was an office manager from 1966 to 1986 at Glebe Medical Associates in Arlington, died of bone marrow cancer Jan. 17 at Hospice of Northern Virginia. She lived in Arlington.

Born in Scotland, Mrs. Sheriff graduated from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at the University of Edinburgh.

She first came to the United States in 1946 with her husband, now-retired Army Col. H.W. "Will" Sheriff of Arlington, who survives her.

With her husband, she moved throughout the United States and lived in Germany and Korea before moving to Arlington in 1960.

She was an American Red Cross volunteer in Korea, Germany and the Washington area.

An avid golfer and ballroom dancer, her memberships included the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington and U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association.

Besides her husband of 54 years, survivors include a daughter, Carol Sheriff of Arlington; and a son, Cliff Sheriff of Oklahoma City.

Jean S. Willis


Jean S. Willis, 79, a secretary to members of the board of the Washington Star newspaper from the 1970s until it closed in 1981, died Jan. 18 at Suburban Hospital. She had cancer.

Mrs. Willis was a native of Clinton, Iowa, and a resident of Bethesda.

She accompanied her husband to Army posts elsewhere in the United States before moving to the Washington area in the 1950s. She was a secretary at the National Institutes of Health before joining the Star.

She was a volunteer in the library of Bethesda United Methodist Church, where she participated in Community Bible Study.

Her husband, Daniel P. Willis, died in 1961.

Survivors include two children, David Willis of Ely, Nev., and Janet Wright of St. Augustine, Fla.; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

Pasquale A. Morra


Pasquale A. Morra, 72, a Rockville orthodontist for the last 35 years, died Jan. 18 at his home in Rockville. He had heart ailments.

Dr. Morra was born in Little Falls, N.Y., and attended Hartwick College.

He graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry and Orthodontics.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Morra of Rockville; four children, Marcus Morra of Bridgewater, Va., Joseph Morra of Rockville, Lisa Martin of Potomac and David Morra of Rockville; a brother, Anthony Morra of Latham, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

Rodney S. Hall


Rodney S. Hall, 58, the chief of the copyright and cataloguing division's serial section at the Library of Congress, died of cancer Jan. 20 at Pulaski Community Hospital in Pulaski County, Va.

Mr. Hall was born in Galax, Va. He graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky and received a master's degree in musicology at the University of Maryland.

He was an accomplished clarinetist and pianist.

He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

Thirty years ago, Mr. Hall settled in Washington and began his career at the Library of Congress. He received several performance awards during his career there.

Survivors include his mother, Thelma Hall, and a sister, Brenda Amburn, both of Galax.