Joseph W. McCary

Pepco Official

Joseph W. McCary, 75, who worked for Potomac Electric Power Co. from 1950 to 1989 and retired as a superintendent at the control center in Montgomery County, died of cancer Oct. 20 at his home in Brookeville.

At Pepco, Mr. McCary was part of the team that helped computerize the power company in the 1970s.

He was born in Anniston, Ala., and moved to the Washington area at age 15. He was a 1945 graduate of McKinley Technical High School and attended American University.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a former president of a Rotary International chapter in Wheaton and Kensington. He did extensive volunteer service through the chapter, including caring for children at Inwood House, an apartment building for disabled and elderly residents of Montgomery County.

He was a former volunteer ambulance driver and Boy Scouts scoutmaster.

His avocations included woodworking, flying and sailing. He also raised orchids and was a pastry chef.

Survivors include his wife, Joy Heinrichs McCary of Brookeville; four sons, Robert McCary of Olney, Bryan McCary of Germantown and Joseph McCary Jr. and Michael McCary, both of Gaithersburg; a sister, Elizabeth Moon of Spotsylvania; a brother, Jackson McCary of Olney; and eight grandchildren.

Carol Renville Pyke

School Librarian

Carol June Renville Pyke, 58, a librarian and library teacher at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington since 1990, died Oct. 18 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. She had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mrs. Pyke, an Arlington resident, played a key role in making Jamestown one of the first schools to use a science program called Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment. The program, run by several federal agencies, uses children to collect environmental data, such as temperature and cloud measurement, which are centrally archived and distributed to scientists.

She was Jamestown Elementary's teacher of the year for 1994 and 1995.

She was born in Miami and graduated from high school in Turkey, where her father worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

She was a 1965 anthropology graduate of George Washington University, where she also received a master's degree in anthropology. She received a master's degree in library and information science from Catholic University.

She was an assistant librarian at Mount Vernon College in Washington from 1968 to 1970 and then spent eight years at the Urban Institute, a policy center in Washington, where she became library director and archivist.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, she was a library consultant to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the National Association of Broadcasters.

She was a former co-president of the Jamestown Parent-Teachers Association.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Thomas N. Pyke Jr. of Arlington; two sons, Christopher R. Pyke of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Alexander N. Pyke of West Helena, Ark.; her mother, June G. Renville of Clearwater, Fla.; a brother; and a sister.

Sidney Brooks

Postal Clerk and Union Official

Sidney Brooks, 60, a retired Postal Service clerk and human relations director of the national American Postal Workers Union, died Oct. 16 at his home in Upper Marlboro. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Brooks was a postal clerk from 1967 to 2001. Much of the time was spent on leave while he worked for the union, first for the Washington local and then with the national APWU.

He retired from the union in 2001 as human relations director, a job in which he did community activism and civil rights work.

He was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Cardozo High School. He attended Howard University.

He participated in the 1965 civil rights march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala.

He served in the Army in the early 1960s.

His memberships included Kettering Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Harrietta Lemon Brooks of Upper Marlboro; three children from the marriage, Sidney Brooks Jr. of Laurel, Angela Meaders of Washington and Lisa Brooks of Upper Marlboro; two children from a previous relationship, Leonard Parker and Denise Parker, both of Washington; his father, Murwyn Brooks of Washington; and six grandchildren.

Robert Karl Wonneberger

Independent Distributor

Robert Karl Wonneberger, 56, a former software sales manager who had recently become an independent online distributor of health products, died of sepsis Oct. 16 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va., where he was visiting relatives. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Wonneberger was born in the District. He was a graduate of McLean High School and Roanoke College and received a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University. He served in the Army in Vietnam and was awarded an Army Commendation Medal.

He began his career as a programmer in the early 1970s at Clarendon Bank & Trust. After that, he sold computer software for the Pansophic and Viasoft corporations and was a sales manager at the latter.

He taught Sunday school at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington and was a founding member of the Washington Gay Men's Chorus.

He held an annual Christmas party that collected truckloads of toys for the Community Family Life Services organization.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Elsie J.W. and J. Ernest Schneider of Naples, Fla.; a brother, William D., of Broadway, Va.; and a sister, Linda Benanti of Kinnelon, N.J.