Marcia Braman Grosvenor
Marcia Braman Grosvenor, 72, a retired Navy captain's widow who helped organize and manage sailing races and regattas on the Chesapeake Bay, died of cancer Oct. 21 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Mrs. Grosvenor moved to Annapolis in 1973 when her husband, Capt. Alexander G.B. Grosvenor, was appointed commander of the Annapolis Naval Station. He also served as commodore of the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, and he promoted a resurgence of sailing at the Naval Academy.
To support this effort, Mrs. Grosvenor organized a "boat mothers" program, coordinating provisioning and menu planning for offshore crews. She wrote "The Gimballing Gourmet," a popular book of recipes for cooking aboard sailboats.
After her husband's death in 1978, she was membership chairman for the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, producer of its yearbook and an assistant to its race committee.
Mrs. Grosvenor helped organize regattas for the Severn Sailing Association, Eastport Yacht Club and other regional organizations. For several years during the 1990s, she could be found on the water aboard a race committee boat for more than 60 days each sailing season, in addition to the countless hours she spent ashore on organizational, registration and scoring duties. In 1992, she was one of the first recipients of the Robert Brainerd Raven Eastport Yacht Club Race Committee Trophy, which is awarded for extraordinary service.
She was born in Waterbury, Conn., graduated from Wellesley College and accompanied her husband to various naval installations across the United States before settling in Annapolis.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra R. Grosvenor of Annapolis and Pamela G. Mongan-Taylor of Poolesville; a sister; and three granddaughters.
Beatrice Kimmelman Lazerow
Teacher and Hadassah Leader
Beatrice Lillian Lazerow, 96, a former elementary school teacher who was a Hadassah leader in Washington, died Oct. 14 at a hospital in La Jolla, Calif., after surgery to repair a leaking aortic aneurysm.
She moved from Rockville to La Jolla in 1995.
Ms. Lazerow was a graduate of Philadelphia Normal School. She taught in elementary and junior high schools in Philadelphia before moving to Laurel in 1938. She was a teacher at Laurel Elementary School in the late 1940s and substituted in Prince George's County schools in the 1950s.
She was a volunteer with the USO during World War II and became active in the Upper Northwest chapter of Hadassah in Washington after the war. She was an officer of the group and conducted leadership training. She later helped organize demonstrations in Washington on behalf of Jews in the Soviet Union.
She also volunteered with B'nai B'rith and was a member of B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville.
Her husband, Julius Lazerow, died in 1994.
Survivors include a son, Herbert Lazerow of La Jolla; and two granddaughters.
David M. Melnick
David M. Melnick, 54, a lawyer who specialized in employment law, served on boards for Rockville and did pro bono work for refugees and animal rights and wildlife preservation groups, died of a brain aneurysm Oct. 13 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
Mr. Melnick, a native of Pittsburgh, lived and worked in Rockville. He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Catholic University law school. He worked in the law library of the Labor Department while he was in law school and then joined the legal staff of the department in the 1970s.
He was a senior counsel in the office of the solicitor before going into private practice 14 years ago.
Mr. Melnick was chairman of the Rockville board of appeals and a member of the Rockville Planning Commission. He was president of the New Mark Commons homeowners association and a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.
He volunteered with organizations that included the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and for the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
Survivors include his wife, Natalie Nelson Melnick of Rockville, and two brothers.
Dorothy L. Hardwick
Dorothy L. Hardwick, 84, who taught Sunday school at Hughes United Methodist Church in Wheaton and was president of the women's group there, died Oct. 22 at the Clifton Woods group home in Silver Spring. She had Alzheimer's disease.
As a young woman, Mrs. Hardwick was a saleswoman at Sears and G.C. Murphy stores in her native Barnesville, Ohio. After moving to the Washington area in the early 1950s, she worked part time at Woodward and Lothrop at Wheaton Plaza.
Mrs. Hardwick volunteered in Montgomery County with the American Red Cross, American Cancer Association, Meals on Wheels and the Board of Elections. She was a refugee sponsor through her church, which honored her with a recognition award. She also was a member of the Love Circle. She managed church dinners.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, John W. Hardwick; three daughters, the Rev. Elaine Prince of Hagerstown, Md., Sue Lewis of Midlothian, Va., and Dr. Sally Digman of Morgantown, W.Va.; two brothers; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Melvin C. Key
Melvin C. Key, 89, a Prince George's County barber who gave shaves and haircuts to hundreds of thousands in a 50-year career at Queens Chapel Barbershop in West Hyattsville, died Oct. 19 at Washington Adventist Hospital after a heart attack.
Mr. Key began his tonsorial career in 1949 and continued working until he was 85. In the course of his work, he did haircuts for the second, third and fourth generations of many of his original customers, and his clientele ranged from the rank-and-file to the likes of University of Maryland President Curley Byrd and Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening.
He was a resident of Mount Rainier and was born in Staunton, Va. He first moved to the Washington area in 1942, worked for a year at the Queens Chapel Barbershop, then returned to Staunton, where he remained until settling permanently in this area in 1949.
He was a Civil War history buff and an enthusiastic promoter of his native Shenandoah Valley region, both of which he liked to discuss while doing haircuts.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Eula Jean Key of Mount Rainier; two sons, Melvin "Frank" Key of Hyattsville and Wayne Cleveland Key of Athens, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
John R. Pharo
Sergeant Major, Postal Official
John R. Pharo, 66, a retired Army sergeant major and former U.S. Postal Service official, died of cancer Oct. 19 at his home in Montclair.
Mr. Pharo was born in Tuckerton, N.J. He served in the Army from the 1950s to the 1970s, including tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam. His military decorations included a Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star.
In 1971, he settled in Northern Virginia and began a second career with the Postal Service, where he retired in 2001 as manager of the mid-Atlantic regional area maintenance operations.
His wife, Lieselotte Pharo, died in August.
Survivors include two sons, Robert R. Pharo of Fredericksburg and Brian K. Pharo of Stafford; his stepmother, Lori Pharo of Tuckerton; a brother; a sister; and five grandchildren.