C.J. 'Arch' Arcilesi

Army Colonel

Carmel Joseph "Arch" Arcilesi, 87, a retired Army colonel who worked for the Veterans Administration from the mid-1960s to early 1970s as chief of field operations doing construction of hospitals and other government facilities, died Oct. 20 at Montgomery General Hospital after a heart attack. He lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Col. Arcilesi was in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1936 to 1964, and his final active-duty assignment was commander of a training facility in Alexandria. During World War II, he served in Europe.

He was in the Army Reserve until 1975. His decorations included the Army Commendation Medal.

He was a Baltimore native and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He attended the Army's Command and General Staff College.

He was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, associate emeritus of the Potomac chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockville, where he had been a eucharistic minister.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Clara Bell Arcilesi of Silver Spring; a daughter, Perine M. Byrnes of Silver Spring; two brothers, Anthony Arcilesi of Olney and Frank Arcilesi of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

A son, Carl J. Arcilesi, died Oct. 15.

Abraham Wright

Building Engineer

Abraham Wright, 69, who retired last year after about 25 years as a building engineer at Washington apartments managed by the Cafritz Co., including properties near George Washington University, died Oct. 21 at Crofton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center. He had cancer.

Mr. Wright was born in Erwin, N.C., and raised in Fayettesville, S.C. He attended Fayetteville State Teachers College and South Carolina State College. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

He operated a candy store and barbershop in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to the District in the 1970s.

Mr. Wright attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Fifth Street NW.

His marriage to Aristine Jordan ended in divorce.

Survivors include four sisters, Lillie B. Green of Mitchellville, Shirley A. McKoy and Annie M. Wright, both of Fayetteville, and Alice F. Alexis of Suitland; and a brother, Shellie E. Wright Jr. of Orangeburg, S.C.

Mary Louise Dowling

Red Cross Official

Mary Louise Dowling, 88, who retired in the late 1970s as personnel director at the American Red Cross, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 22 at her Fredericksburg home.

Miss Dowling, a former resident of Washington and Falls Church, was for many years national director of the overseas recreational activities offered to the military. She supervised Red Cross workers in Europe during World War II and in Korea and Vietnam during the conflicts there.

She first settled in the Washington area in the early 1940s, when she was named field operations director for the National Catholic Community Service. It was formed to help out at military camps and defense areas. She later worked with veterans hospitals and Red Cross chapters in the New York area.

Miss Dowling was a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She did graduate work in physiology at the University of Wisconsin and then taught physical education at Duke University.

She was a member of St. Phillips Catholic Church in Falls Church.

There are no immediate survivors.

Fe Despabeladera Nazareno


Fe Despabeladera Nazareno, 62, who helped raise dozens of children as a nanny for Washington area families from 1965 until retiring because of illness last year, died of cancer Oct. 20 at the Annandale home of a woman she had cared for as a child.

Miss Nazareno, a native of the Philippines, moved to the Washington area in 1965, settling in Clinton.

She had been a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Clinton.

Survivors include a sister and two brothers.

Leo Brodie


Leo Brodie, 90, a dentist who maintained a private practice in Capitol Heights from the mid-1940s until the late 1970s, died Oct. 21 at Casey House Hospice. He had non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

In the early 1970s, he did pro bono dental work at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Dr. Brodie, an area resident since the mid-1940s who lived in Bethesda, was born in New York. He received dental degrees from the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. During World War II, he served in the Army Dental Corps.

He had served as president of the Seat Pleasant Lions Club.

His first wife, Doris Brodie, died in 1970.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, the former Faye Rubin, of Bethesda; two children from his first marriage, Jo Ann Robbins of Philadelphia, and Jan Brodie of Swampscott, Mass.; three stepchildren, Sheryl Newman of Minneapolis, Robert Rubin of Chevy Chase, and Hilary Goldberg of Bethesda; a brother, Myron, of Washington; and eight grandchildren.

Marcella P. Godfrey

CIA Training Officer

Marcella P. Godfrey, 88, a retired Central Intelligence Agency training instructor and personnel supervisor, died Oct. 16 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after hip replacement surgery.

Ms. Godfrey, a Washington resident, graduated from D'Youville College in her native Buffalo and received a master's degree in history from Catholic University.

She worked for the CIA for 25 years until the late 1970s.

In retirement, she worked as an office director for Bernard Haldane Associates, an executive placement and recruitment firm in Washington, and later as a parish secretary at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Washington and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Landover Hills.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

William Edward Michaels Jr.

Justice Department Lawyer

William Edward Michaels Jr., 52, a lawyer who retired in 2000 from the Justice Department's office of immigration litigation, died Oct. 15 at his home in Washington.

The D.C. Medical Examiner said the cause of death is pending further tests.

Mr. Michaels was a lawyer for the Agriculture Department and the Health, Education and Welfare Department before joining Justice in the 1980s.

He was a native of Durham, N.C., a 1972 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 1975 graduate of its law school.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Lynn Caslavka Michaels of Washington; and two sisters, Deborah Anne Michaels of Newport News and Suzanne B. Michaels of Forest, Va.

Marjorie Robitscher Stark

Volunteer and Teacher

Marjorie Robitscher Stark, 87, a former teacher who volunteered at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, died Oct. 16 at her home in Chevy Chase, where she had lived since 1984. She had a heart ailment.

Mrs. Stark was a native of New York and a graduate of Hunter College and the Columbia University dental hygiene school. She taught dental health in the public schools of White Plains, N.Y., from 1951 to 1972.

Her interests included bridge, swimming and play readings.

Her husband, Albert L. Stark, died in 1978.

Survivors include two children, Ellen Gold of Rockville and Dr. James B. Stark of San Francisco; and four grandchildren.