Laurence Conrad Eklund

Newspaper Bureau Chief

Laurence Conrad Eklund, 97, who was bureau chief for the old Milwaukee Journal from 1947 until retiring in 1970 after a 43-year-career with the paper, died of renal failure June 21 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Eklund, who covered nine presidential elections and the conventions leading up to them, also covered the Senate committee hearings of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis.) into alleged communist activity. Mr. Eklund also wrote about McCarthy's subsequent censure by his Senate colleagues.

Mr. Eklund was the first to report in 1960 about then-Sen. John F. Kennedy's plan to discuss his Roman Catholic religion in an important speech to U.S. newspaper editors during his presidential campaign.

Mr. Eklund, a native of Tomahawk, Wis., was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

One of his first forays into journalism gained him regional attention when he railed against Prohibition at a student newspaper in 1926. He was a political reporter in Wisconsin before moving to the Washington area.

Because of his reporting on issues relating to Sweden, from which his father emigrated, he was awarded that country's highest civilian honor, the Royal Order of the Northern Star.

He had been a member of the National Press Club and the Gridiron Club.

His wife of 51 years, Ethel Eklund, died in 1982.

Survivors include a son, John Eklund of Bethesda.

Carroll Sheep Voegtly

National Cathedral Member

Carroll Sheep Voegtly, 87, a Potomac resident and member of Washington National Cathedral, died June 4 at Collingswood care center in Rockville. She had cancer.

Mrs. Voegtly was born in the Philippines to an Army brigadier general stationed there. She graduated from what is now Belmont University in Tennessee.

She did interior design work in the Washington area before marrying an Army doctor in 1941. She accompanied him on assignments to London and other places before settling here in 1972.

Survivors include her husband, retired Army Col. John H. Voegtly of Potomac; two daughters, Joan V. Dail and Carroll V. Kilty, both of Potomac; and two grandchildren.

Charles Lloyd Kelchner

Energy Department Official

Charles Lloyd Kelchner, 82, who retired from the Energy Department in 1978 as chief of the environment and research branch, died of coronary artery disease June 20 at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

Mr. Kelchner joined the old Atomic Energy Commission in 1951 and stayed with its successor, the Energy Research and Development Administration, before retiring from Energy.

He was born in Drums, Pa., and grew up in Hazelton and Conyngham, Pa. He was a graduate of what is now Bloomsburg University and received a master's degree in public administration from American University.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, participated in the D-Day invasion and commanded an ordnance company. He retired from the Army Reserve as a major in 1952.

Before the war, he was acting head of the Rural Electrification Administration's internal accounting and travel section. From 1946 until 1951, he was a Navy Department budget analyst.

He was a member of St. Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring and the Knights of Columbus. He did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels.

While his sons were growing up, he spent several seasons as a Catholic Youth Organization baseball coach.

He had homes in Silver Spring and Bethany Beach, Del.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Geraldine Corcoran "Gerry" Kelchner of Silver Spring and Bethany Beach; five children, Mary Ann Doggett of Annapolis, Jeffrey Kelchner of Bishopville, Md., Pamela Ferguson of Summersville, W.Va., Timothy Kelchner of Silver Spring and Peter Kelchner of Mount Airy; two sisters, Kathryn Miller of Allentown, Pa., and Lenora Parks of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Thomas Ray Lyon

Education Department Official

Thomas Ray Lyon, 53, who worked at the Education Department since the mid-1970s and was chief of its news branch, died of lung cancer June 20 at his home on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Lyon handled various media relations assignments at the department and played a major role in developing the Daily Education News, a compilation of education-related articles from national, local and trade periodicals.

He was born in Portland, Ore., and grew up in Carlsbad, N.M. He was a graduate of the University of New Mexico and received a master's degree in public administration from Catholic University in 1980.

He was a radio disc jockey in New Mexico in the 1970s before coming to the Washington area.

He played guitar and sang in rock groups, including two he formed -- Made for TV and Action Memos. Made for TV's 1983 album, "So Afraid of the Russians," was produced by rock musician John Cale.

The group also performed at clubs such as the Bayou in Washington and CBGB in New York.

His marriage to Katherine Lyon ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Lubinski, whom he married in 1997, of Washington; a daughter from his first marriage, Michelle Knouff of Gainesville; a stepson, Tony Cappiello of Rockville; his mother, Norma Lyon of Carlsbad; a sister; and a grandson.

Teresa Rose Malloy

Reston Resident

Teresa Rose Malloy, 88, who lived at the Reston Fellowship House from 1976 to 1996 and served on the parish council of St. Thomas a{acute} Becket Roman Catholic Church in Reston, died of pneumonia June 14 at a hospital in Peterborough, N.H.

Mrs. Malloy was born in County Galway, Ireland, and came to the United States when she was 16. She was a nurse's aide at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

In 1996, she moved to New Hampshire.

Her husband of 44 years, John J. Malloy, died in 1980. A son, John F. Malloy, died in 1997.

Survivors include three children, Maureen Malloy-Clifford of Fairfax, Patrick J. Malloy of Swanzey, N.H., and Larkin G. Malloy of New York; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Robert A.J. Bordley

Sales Executive

Robert Austin Joseph Bordley, 84, who was vice president for sales at Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. in the early 1970s, died of renal failure June 19 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Baltimore. He lived at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson, Md.

Mr. Bordley was a native of New York and a graduate of Princeton University. He served in the Army in Germany during World War II.

After the war, he worked for Ernest S. Johnston Advertising in Washington and then was a salesman and sales manager for WTOP radio. He was named national sales manager at Post-Newsweek Stations in 1969.

He retired as vice president of Top Market Television Inc. in Atlanta in 1982.

Mr. Bordley was a member of the vestry at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Washington and president of PTAs at Norwood, Holton-Arms and Landon schools.

His wife of 48 years, Martha Ann Robinson Bordley, died in 1994.

Survivors include three children, Robinson Magruder Bordley of Vienna, Martha Keith Bordley Mait of Port Washington, N.Y., and William Clayton Bordley of Durham, N.C.; and seven grandchildren.

Marjorie Cecilia Marshall

Woodies Saleswoman

Marjorie Cecilia Marshall, 84, a saleswoman for the Woodward & Lothrop department store's fine jewelry department from 1958 until retiring in 1996 when the business closed, died June 19 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. She had diabetes.

She was born in Hagerstown, Md., and moved to Washington in 1933. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Washington in the early 1930s.

Mrs. Marshall worked at the Woodies store at 11th and G streets NW for 38 years.

She lived in Silver Spring and Hillcrest Heights before moving to Rockville in the 1990s.

Mrs. Marshall was a regular at area bingo nights, such as at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Chillum and Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillcrest Heights, and her regular attendance earned her the nickname "Mother Marge."

Her marriage to Peter Marshall ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Michael of Olney, Peter of Rockville and Susan Schoonmaker of New Market; a sister, Jane E. McCall of Rockville; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Clayton Cole 'Slip' Swears

Army Colonel

Clayton Cole "Slip" Swears, 86, a retired Army colonel who specialized in cryptology during much of his career, died May 27 of heart ailments at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Col. Swears, who lived in Odenton, was born in Broadalbin, N.Y. He graduated from New York state forest ranger school and the University of Michigan, where he also received a master's degree in wildlife management.

In 1942, he began his Army career. During World War II, he was posted at Arlington Hall and worked in cryptography. Postwar assignments included duty in Japan and in Germany and at Fort Devens, Mass. In 1962, he began a 10-year assignment with the National Security Agency. That included a year in Vietnam, where he directed Army communications. He retired in 1972.

His decorations included a Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, a Joint Services Commendation Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.

His first wife, Dee Skinner Swears, whom he married in 1941, died in 1990.

He was predeceased by two sons, Douglas B. Swears, who died in 1998, and David L. Swears, who died in 1990.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Nancy Abbott Thompson of Odenton; four sons from his first marriage, Clayton Cole Swears Jr. of Earleville, Md., Robert C. Swears of Rochester, N.Y., Michael S. Swears of Crofton and Barry C. Swears of Winchester, Va.

Carol Ann T. Walker

Annapolis Native

Carol Ann Turner Walker, 68, an Annapolis native and 1952 graduate of Annapolis High School who became the wife of the chief of the Navy Supply Corps, died June 14 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. The cause was a stroke following complications from open-heart surgery earlier this month.

Mrs. Walker attended what is now Towson University and was a legal secretary at the Annapolis law office of Tilghman Bryce in the early 1950s.

She married in 1954 and accompanied her husband on his Navy assignments until returning to the Washington area in 1983.

She was an Alexandria resident and a member of the Chesapeake Yacht Club in Shady Side and the U.S. Navy Society of Sponsors.

In 1990, she was sponsor at the San Diego launching of the support ship USS Supply (AOE 6). She bashed a bottle of champagne against the vessel at its christening.

Survivors include her husband, retired Navy Rear Adm. Edward K. "Ted" Walker Jr. of Alexandria; two daughters, Wendy Walker of Virginia Beach and Lynn Walker Streett of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; a brother; two sisters; and two grandchildren.