C. Mario Cortes


C. Mario Cortes, 72, who was a senior economist with the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington from 1979 until retiring in 1991, died of leukemia May 11 at Georgetown University Hospital.

He had lived in Annandale since 1973.

Dr. Cortes, a native of Chile, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Chile, a master's degree in economics from Yale University and a doctorate in that subject from Washington University in St. Louis.

He taught economics in Chile before moving to the United States in the 1960s.

Dr. Cortes was an economist for the World Bank from 1974 until 1979. He continued to consult for the development bank until recently.

Dr. Cortes was a Mason.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Irene Cortes of Annandale; four children, Sandra Cortes-Coronado of Fairfax, Pilar Cortes of Annandale, Mario, of Blacksburg, Va., and Francisco, of Vienna; and seven grandchildren.

Michael Manohar Ramadas

Network Engineer

Michael Manohar Ramadas, 34, who was a network engineer for the American Institutes for Research in Washington since 1999, died of a heart ailment May 7 at his home in Alexandria.

He had lived in the Washington area since 1995.

Mr. Ramadas, a native of New York, served as a submariner in the Navy in the 1990s. He worked as an engineer for the Chubb Institute before joining the research institute.

Survivors include his wife of six years, Sarah Ramadas, and a daughter, Olivia, both of Alexandria.

Margaret Ann Hoover Statzell

D.C. Native

Margaret Ann Hoover Statzell, 71, a native Washingtonian and graduate of Wilson High School, died of lung cancer May 3 at a hospice in Bonita Springs, Fla.

She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1952, then moved to Indiana, where she was a charter aircraft pilot, flight instructor and Federal Aviation Administration flight inspector.

Her marriage to Stephen Gordon ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Statzell of Bonita Springs; two sisters, Mary Kathryn Ford of Bethesda and Helen Mae Clark of Oakton; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A son, Michael A. Gordon, died in 2000.

Marion White Southworth

Club President, Volunteer

Marion White Southworth, 83, a former president of the Mount Holyoke Club of Greater Washington who did volunteer work in Montgomery County, died May 1 at Suburban Hospital after a stroke.

Mrs. Southworth, a Chevy Chase resident, had been a Cub Scout den leader, Girl Scout troop leader, Parent-Teacher Association leader at Chevy Chase Elementary School, a member of a neighborhood child study group and a polling station volunteer. She also did volunteer work for UNICEF.

A native of Wakefield, Mass., she was a 1940 English graduate of Mount Holyoke College.

She did administrative work for the Office of War Information in Washington during World War II and was a volunteer at the Stage Door Canteen in the District.

She was a founding member of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda. Her avocations included bowling.

Her husband, Winthrop M. Southworth Jr., whom she married in 1943, died in 1992.

Survivors include three children, Winthrop M. Southworth III and Ellen G. Southworth, both of Chevy Chase, and Deborah S. Bishop of Fairfax; and a granddaughter.

John C. Lawrence

Navy Captain, Lawyer

John C. Lawrence, 85, a Navy captain who retired in 1966 and then was a lawyer, assistant state's attorney in Prince George's County and stockbroker, died May 11 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. He had suffered a stroke and had pneumonia.

Capt. Lawrence, a resident of Arlington, had worked as a stockbroker for Cantella Co. for the past decade.

He was born in Wilbur, Wash., and was a 1939 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was serving aboard the battleship West Virginia in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, and he later served as a pilot in the Pacific during the war. He also participated in a night attack on a German submarine in the Florida Straits on May 19, 1943.

Other wartime assignments included Morocco, and he participated in strikes on Japan and Okinawa. His honors included the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals.

Capt. Lawrence taught physics at the Naval Academy after the war. Later, he was executive officer of the USS Curtiss, a Pentagon planner and commander of an early warning squadron. He also commanded the USS Marias and USS Intrepid.

Capt. Lawrence attended the University of Maryland's law school, and he received a law degree from George Washington University. He also studied for a master's degree in business at American University.

He was a member of the American, Supreme Court, Court of Military Appeals and Maryland Bar associations.

His marriage to Margaret Lawrence ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Marie Bryne Lawrence, and a daughter from his first marriage, D'Arcy Nelsen, both of Arlington; seven stepchildren; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Benjamin Mosby McKelway Jr.

Navy Projects Director

Benjamin Mosby McKelway Jr., 80, an engineer who retired in 1980 as a department head in the Navy missile projects office, died of cardiac arrest May 8 at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del. He moved to Bethany Beach, Del., from Arlington after he retired.

Mr. McKelway, a native of Washington, was the son of Benjamin McKelway, editor in chief of the Evening Star in the 1950s and 1960s.

He was a graduate of the Landon School and Lafayette College. He served as an Army paratrooper in the Pacific during World War II and was stationed in Okinawa after the war.

He worked briefly for D.C. Transit before beginning his career with the Navy in the early 1950s. He was a systems engineer and was named a department head in the 1960s in the Special Projects Office. It was responsible for the Polaris, Poseidon and Trident missile programs. His honors included two Superior Civilian Service Awards. His interests included fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Harriet Brick Woolcock McKelway of Bethany Beach; two sons, Ben McKelway III of Plymouth, Mass., and Russell McKelway of Berryville, Va.; a brother, William McKelway of Bethesda; and four grandchildren.

James P. McCormick

Horse Breeder, Trainer

James P. McCormick, 89, who trained thoroughbred racehorses for such hunt-country notables as John Hay Whitney and Paul Mellon as well as Gens. Dwight D. Eisenhower, George S. Patton and Billy Mitchell, died of a heart ailment May 9 at Loudoun Hospital Center.

Mr. McCormick was born in Detroit but since infancy had lived on a Middleburg farm, Dover. It has been in his family, descendents of Cyrus McCormick, inventor of the McCormick reaper, and Willoughby McCormick, founder of McCormick Spice Co., since the mid-1800s. Mr. McCormick had a second home in Vero Beach, Fla.

Mr. McCormick was a graduate of Aldie High School. He served in the Merchant Marine in the Atlantic during World War II.

He rode steeplechase horses as a young man, winning the Carolina Cup timber race in 1934 and competing in the Maryland Hunt and Virginia Gold cups. After the war, he trained horses in Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Since 1976, he had been a part-time horse broker. He was chief racing steward of the Middleburg Bowl timber race and a member of the Orange County Hunt.

His marriage to Margaret Herron ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth Fox McCormick of Middleburg and Vero Beach; a son from his first marriage, Dr. William Herron McCormick, and a daughter from his second marriage, Katherine Dover McCormick, both of Middleburg; three stepdaughters, Susan F. Miller of Ithaca, N.Y., Elizabeth M. Barrett of Parkton, Md., and Carolene Miller of Bend, Ore.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Barbara Berry Webb

Garden Designer

Barbara Berry Webb, 78, a garden designer who was active in the Washington Youth Garden program at the National Arboretum, died of cardiac arrest May 8 at Suburban Hospital after a long struggle with cerebellar degeneration.

Mrs. Webb, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She grew up in Kalamazoo, Mich. After college, she was an economist with the Treasury Department in Washington.

Later, she lived in New Haven, Conn., where her husband, Carleton Eugene Webb, studied at Yale University, and after that in Beirut. In 1957, they returned to Washington, where he joined the staff of the World Bank.

Mrs. Webb was active in the Acorn Garden Club and Art Group in Westmoreland Hills. She studied landscape design at the University of Maryland and pursued a career designing gardens. For two years, she lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Kampala, Uganda, where her husband was assigned with the World Bank.

After he retired in 1988, they traveled the world. He died in 1996.

Survivors include two children, Susan Romeyn Soltys of Wilmington, Del., and Carleton Flint Webb of Vienna; and four grandchildren.