Robert Vincent Prouty

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel

Robert Vincent Prouty, 81, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Fairfax, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 22 at the church.

He had lived in Fairfax since 1969, a year after leaving the Air Force.

Col. Prouty was born in Springfield, Mass., and in 1941 joined what was then the Army Air Corps.

During World War II, he served in the Pacific theater and North Africa.

His awards include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

An avid golfer, his memberships included the Army Navy Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Prouty of Fairfax; four sons, Robert Prouty Jr. of Lebanon Church, Va., Peter Prouty of Woodbridge, Michael Prouty of Fairfax and Mark Prouty of Wilmington, Del.; a daughter, Victoria Prouty of Fairfax; a brother, retired Air Force Col. L.F. Prouty of Alexandria; a sister, Corinne Toole of Fairfax; and four grandchildren.

Clelia H. Finney


Clelia H. Finney, 82, who taught Spanish in the after-school language program of Montgomery County elementary schools, died Jan. 24 at a group home in Woodstock, Va. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Finney taught in Winter Park, Fla., before working for Montgomery County in the 1960s and 1970s.

Earlier, she was a teacher and school superintendent in her native Lima, Peru. She graduated from a teachers college in Lima and did graduate work in education at the University of California at Berkeley. She also studied art at Northern Virginia Community College.

Mrs. Finney, a resident of Springfield from 1971 to 1995, was a member of the Springfield Art Guild and St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale.

Her first husband, Augusto Ganoza, died in 1939, and her second husband, Robert R. Finney, died in 1985.

Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Clelia Ganoza-Becker of Toronto and Julius Ganoza of Fairfax; a daughter from her second marriage, Cristina Cassidy of Lorton; a brother, Enrique Herrera of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Howard R. Bloch

GMU Economic Professor

Howard R. Bloch, 63, a George Mason University economics professor from 1969 to 1999 who retired as director of undergraduate economics studies, died of brain cancer Jan. 25 at his home in Fairfax Station.

Dr. Bloch was born in Germany and grew up in Alexandria.

He graduated from George Washington High School and received a bachelor's degree in business from Duke University in 1958 and an economics doctorate degree from Princeton University in 1964.

Before joining George Mason, he taught economics at Butler University in Indiana, Dartmouth College, Lawrence University in Wisconsin and Simmons College in Massachusetts.

He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Shakespeare Oxford Society and advised the George Mason Economics Club.

His hobbies included attending theatrical productions and hunting.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Doris E. Bloch, of Fairfax Station; two daughters, Janet E. Hoffman of Vienna and Dr. Karen C. Bloch of Nashville; and two grandchildren.

Lillian Weaver Stegall

Boarding House Owner

Lillian Weaver Stegall, 106, a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church for 52 years who ran a tourist and boarding house on Capitol Hill from the 1940s to the 1960s, died Jan. 7 at Sonoma Care and Rehabilitation nursing home in Sonoma, Calif., after a heart attack. She moved to California in the late 1990s, after living about 60 years in Washington.

Mrs. Stegall was born in Greeneville, Tenn., and lived in Virginia and North Carolina before moving to Washington.

She was a homemaker before working at Kann's and Lansburg's department stores in Washington from the late 1940s to the late 1950s.

Her memberships included the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her husband of 21 years, Kemp Earl Stegall, died in 1951.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Frances Fletcher of Sonoma; two sons, Carter Van "Pete" Stegall of Sonoma and James Stegall of Danville, Calif.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A son, Kemp Stegall Jr., died in 1944 while serving in the Army in Italy during World War II.

Effie A. Wood

Preschool Director

Effie A. Wood, 61, director from 1981 to 1995 of Epiphany Preschool in Vienna, died Jan. 27 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. She had Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Mrs. Wood moved to Vienna in 1972 and joined the school as a teacher. Earlier, she was an executive secretary at the Lincoln, Neb., Chamber of Commerce. She was also a real estate agent with Long & Foster in Vienna in the early 1990s.

Before moving to Northern Virginia, Mrs. Wood accompanied her husband to Air Force assignments that included Germany and was active in Officers Wives clubs.

Mrs. Wood was a native of North Carolina.

She attended Meredith College and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She received a master's degree in education from George Mason University.

Mrs. Wood was a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education and the Northern Virginia Private School Association.

She sang in the choir of Epiphany United Methodist Church in Vienna and served as an Air Force Arlington Lady, representing the service at Arlington Cemetery funerals.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, retired Lt. Col. Fred D. Wood of Vienna; two children, Marshall D. Wood of Fairfax and Angela L. Wood of Centreville; and a brother.