Harry Pampillonia


Harry Pampillonia, 77, president of the Pampillonia Jewelers firm that he founded with his father and operated with his brother, died of a heart attack Jan. 25 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Potomac.

Mr. Pampillonia was born in New York and raised in Washington and Oxon Hill.

He was a graduate of Oxon Hill High School.

Mr. Pampillonia worked for the War Production Board as a young man and then served in an Army band in Europe during World War II.

The first of the family's six stores was opened after the war. There are now two in Washington and one at the Homestead resort.

Mr. Pampillonia's interests included tennis and jogging.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Holly Pampillonia of Potomac; three children, Robert Pampillonia of Dallas, Linda Loukas of Washington and Steven Pampillonia of Bethesda; his brother, Dominick Pampillonia of Bethesda; a sister, Lillian Pampillonia of Chevy Chase; and eight grandchildren.

Joseph F. Giza

Finance Chief

Joseph F. Giza, 72, who retired in 1997 as chief of the finance branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, died of cancer Dec. 28 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Giza was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of American University, where he also received a master's degree in business. He was also a certified public accountant. He served in the Army during World War II.

He worked for Peat, Marwick and Mitchell and Co. and the General Accounting Office before joining the Commerce Department in 1959.

His honors included two Bronze Medals for superior service from Commerce.

He was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie M. Giza of Silver Spring; and three sons, Philip J. Giza of Burtonsville, Bruce J. Giza of Silver Spring and Donald J. Giza of Teutopolis, Ill.

Rosemary Jameson Miracle

Comptroller Aide

Rosemary Jameson Miracle, 62, who worked at the Reston Community Center from 1979 to 1999 and retired as an administrative aide to the comptroller, died of cancer Jan. 20 at her home in Herndon.

Mrs. Miracle was born in Harlan County, Ky., and moved to Herndon in 1967. She was a homemaker before joining the community center.

Her hobbies included gardening and attending theatrical productions.

Her husband, Clayton Miracle, died in 1986.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Miracle of Herndon and Jameson Miracle of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a daughter, Nancy Miracle of Leesburg; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Mary Bash


Mary Bash, 47, an artist whose work included papier mache and painting, died Jan. 20 at a facility near Zurich where she was receiving treatment for breast cancer.

Ms. Bash was born in Arlington. She graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, attended college in Florida, then returned to the Washington area to pursue her career as an artist.

She had a one-person show entitled "Songs of the Blue Dog" at Henri Gallery in Washington in 1988.

Since the late 1980s, she had lived in San Francisco and Oregon.

She traveled extensively around the world.

Survivors include two brothers, Alec Bash of San Francisco and John Bash of Alabama.

John Hill

Trucking Business Owner

John Hill, 94, who drove trucks and ran his own trucking business in the Washington area from 1955 to 1992, died of a heart ailment Jan. 21 at the Washington Center for Aging Services nursing home, where he had lived since 1997.

Mr. Hill was born in Caroline County, Va., and worked for Potomac Electric Power Co. before starting his business.

He was a deacon at Mount Joy Baptist Church in Washington.

Both his wives died, Viola Boston in 1952 and Marie Greenwood in 1998.

Survivors include a sister, O'Neal Hill of Washington.

E. Richard Busse

Economic Consultant

E. Richard Busse, 52, who ran a private economic consulting business from 1981 until his death, died of multiple myeloma Jan. 23 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Busse was born in Denver and raised in Durham, N.C. He graduated from North Carolina State University in the early 1970s with bachelor's degrees in architecture and economics.

In 1975, he received a master's degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Busse was an economic analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency from 1975 to 1979 and at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado from 1979 to 1981.

He was a member of St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, and his hobbies included sailing.

His marriage to Arlene Fine ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Claire Cassel of Alexandria; two daughters from the second marriage, Emily Busse and Marisa Busse, both of Alexandria; his parents, Dr. E.W. and Ortrude Busse of Durham; and three sisters.

Myra Louise Johnson

Political Analyst

Myra Louise Johnson, 83, a political analyst who retired in 1975 after 25 years in the United States and abroad with the Central Intelligence Agency, died of pneumonia Jan. 5 at Heritage Hall in Leesburg. She had dementia.

She was a native of Richford, N.Y., who attended St. Lawrence University. She began her career in Washington before World War II, as a secretary at Westinghouse Corp. She was a secretary and research clerk for the Army in Germany before joining the CIA. Her postings included Korea, Afghanistan, Nepal and Brazil.

After she retired, she was a volunteer at Children's Hospital, the Museum of Natural History, Self-Help for the Hard of Hearing and a neighborhood watch on Capitol Hill, where she lived.

Survivors include a brother, Ralph Johnson of Sun City Center, Fla.