Walter A. Good


Walter A. Good, 86, a physicist who was among the founding employees of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, died July 20 at Bay Point Health Center in Hudson, Fla., of complications after a stroke.

Dr. Good, who retired from the Applied Physics Laboratory in 1977, was a longtime Bethesda resident. He moved to Port Richey, Fla., in 1978.

In a 35-year career at the Applied Physics Laboratory, he specialized in missile control systems and designed oscillators for the proximity fuze, which explodes when it comes within lethal range of its target. He also worked on fire-control systems for Navy ships and pioneered the application of hybrid simulators for missile-control systems in the development of the Talos and Terrier missiles in the 1950s and 1960s. He held five patents related to his work.

Dr. Good was born in Hillsdale, Mich., and graduated from Kalamazoo College. He received a master's degree and a doctorate at the University of Iowa. In 1941, he moved to the Washington area and joined the staff of the Carnegie Institute of Washington's department of terrestrial magnetism. He was among a group of its employees who in 1942 formed an organization that became the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

His avocations included designing instrumentation and control systems for radio-controlled model airplanes, one of which was displayed at the Smithsonian Institution for several years. He was a former president of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and in 1969 was named to model aviation's Hall of Fame. He was also an amateur radio operator.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Good of Port Richey; a son, Terry, of Hillsdale, N.J.; a daughter, Ginnie Warner of Warner, N.H.; and two grandchildren.

Marie Lois 'Bonnie' Donovan

Churchwoman and Pianist

Marie Lois "Bonnie" Donovan, 97, a longtime member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington and a founding member of its Ave Maria Sodality, died of respiratory failure July 13 at the Bartholomew House assisted living facility in Bethesda.

Mrs. Donovan, a resident of Washington, was born in Dubuque, Iowa. She graduated from Clarke College and did postgraduate study in education at the University of Wisconsin.

She was a schoolteacher in Dubuque before moving to Washington in 1936.

She played piano for seniors organizations at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and she also was an enthusiastic bridge player.

Her husband, John Donovan, died in 1957. A daughter, Maureen Ebel, died in March.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Sullivan of Harrisonburg, Va., and Eileen Cassidy of Reston; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Paul S. Rappoport

Marketing Director

Paul S. Rappoport, 40, who had headed the direct marketing operations of the Whitman-Walker Clinic since 1999, died of liver and kidney failure July 29 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had Crohn's disease and AIDS.

Mr. Rappoport, who had lived in Washington for 11 years, was responsible for the clinic's direct mail, telemarketing, and Internet-based fundraising efforts. Earlier, he did marketing work in Washington for Club Corp. of America and ANA Television and Radio.

Mr. Rappoport was born in Boulder, Colo., and raised in Manhattan, Kan. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas and received a master's degree in public administration from Kansas State University.

Mr. Rappoport, who received a liver transplant in 1993, was recently invited to serve on the board of the American Liver Foundation.

His interests include art collecting.

Survivors include his partner, Michael Patterson of Washington; his parents, Leon and Karen Rappoport of Manhattan; and a brother.

George Phair


George Phair, 83, a geologist whose research helped lead to exploration of one of the largest uranium reserves in North America, the Algoma district in Canada, died of cancer Aug. 5 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Potomac.

Dr. Phair retired in 1984 after 35 years with the U.S. Geological Survey. His research into uranium ore was concentrated largely in Colorado. During World War II, he was a chemist at the Carnegie Institution's geophysical lab in Washington. His work on gun design and propellants led to development of erosion-resistant alloy that dramatically increased the life of machine-gun barrels.

Dr. Phair was born in Washington and raised in Lyndhurst, N.J. He was a graduate of Hamilton College in New York and received a master's degree in structural geology from Rutgers University. He received a second master's in geology and a doctorate in geophysics from Princeton University.

Dr. Phair was a fellow of the Geological Society of America, Mineralogical Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Washington Academy of Science. He was an archivist for the Mineralogical Society of America, a life member of the Sigma Xi scientific honorary society and a charter member of the Geochemical Society. He also belonged to the Darnestown Civic Association.

After he retired, Dr. Phair turned to his second interest, horticulture. He published articles in professional journals on shade and rock-garden plants and organized national meetings on the subject of rock gardens for the North American Rock Garden Society.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Cecil Alice Phair of Potomac; two children, Raymond Weston Phair of Potomac and Susan Marie Kelley of Midlothian; a brother; and three grandsons.

Russell Austin Cox Jr.

Electrical Engineer

Russell Austin Cox Jr., 77, an electrical engineer who worked for IBM Corp. for 39 years and retired in 1993 as a senior information center analyst, died of pneumonia Aug. 3 at Holy Cross Hospital. He had a liver ailment.

Mr. Cox, who lived in Bethesda for 30 years, moved in July to Berlin, Md., from Palm Coast, Fla.

Mr. Cox was a native of Cleveland and a graduate of Ohio University. He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II and in the Army Reserve from 1954 to 1962.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bethesda Methodist Church and the Elks, Masons and Shriners His wife of 54 years, Margaret Cox, died last year.

Survivors include three children, Linda Bireley of Berlin, Russell A. Cox III of Silver Spring and Gary Cox of Granite Quarry, N.C,; a brother; a sister; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Michael Charles Pearson

CIA Analyst

Michael Charles Pearson, 79, a Mideast and Far East specialist who retired in 1978 as a senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, died of pneumonia Aug. 6 at the Cameron Glen Care Center in Reston. He had suffered a stroke.

Dr. Pearson, who had lived at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Reston and in McLean, began his intelligence career in 1949. He was posted by the CIA to India, Iraq and Libya. Earlier, he taught history and political science at Williams College in Massachusetts.

He was a native of Dallas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He received master's and doctoral degrees in political science from Harvard University.

He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

His wife, Betty Jean Pearson, died in 1975.

Survivors include a sister.

Sam Leff

Civil Service Official

Sam Leff, 84, a personnel classifications and standards expert who retired as a division chief at the Civil Service Commission in 1973, died of a heart attack Aug. 6 at the Sycamore Acres group home in Derwood. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Leff lived in Bethesda for 50 years. He was a graduate of Roosevelt University in his native Chicago and studied at the University of Cincinnati. He served in the Army Air Forces in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II.

He began his career after the war as a Civil Service Commission clerk in Cincinnati. In Washington, he was chief of the standards division from 1965 to 1972 and retired as chief of the special policies division. After that, he was a consultant on personnel management issues to clients that included the National Education Association and the federal government.

Mr. Leff was a member of the American Society of Public Administration, International Personnel Management Association, Classification and Compensation Society and Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase.

His first wife, Melitta Jerech Leff, died in 1970 after 22 years of marriage.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Adele M. Leff of Bethesda; two children from his first marriage, Mark Leff of Urbana, Ill., and Deborah Leff of Cambridge, Mass.; two stepdaughters, Judith Kaye of Atlanta and Dr. Susan Galel of Palo Alto, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.

Carroll Wirt Lawrence

Records Keeper

Carroll Wirt Lawrence, 76, who worked in the White House office of Records Management from the Eisenhower through the Carter administrations, died Aug. 1 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. He had pneumonia and kidney ailments.

Mr. Lawrence, who lived in Arlington, was born in Washington. He graduated from Wilson High School. As a young man he was an ambulance medic.

In retirement, Mr. Lawrence studied at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and became a deacon at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Arlington, where he trained acolytes and assisted at services.

His wife, Amy Elizabeth Suter Lawrence, died about 20 years ago.

There are no immediate survivors.

Diana S. Rao


Diana Sanjeevi Rao, 82, a relief nurse at area hospitals from 1972 to 1985, including Sibley Memorial, Suburban and Holy Cross, died Aug. 7 at Washington Adventist Hospital after a stroke.

Mrs. Rao, a Burtonsville resident, was born in India and was a graduate of Gifford Memorial Hospital in India.

She specialized in mental health and tuberculosis care for the World Health Organization in India before settling in the Washington area in 1972.

She became a U.S. citizen in 1976.

She was a member of Southern Asia Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, where she also did volunteer work.

Her husband, John Rao, whom she married in 1939, died in 1974. A son, Donald Rao, died in 2000.

Survivors include three children, Judson Rao of Burtonsville and Jeanette Muppiri and Theodore Rao, both of Adelphi; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.