Thelma 'Lou' Leach

Legal Secretary

Thelma Payne "Lou" Leach, 79, a legal secretary at the Arlington firm of Slenker, Brandt, Jennings & O'Neal from 1975 until retiring in 1986, died of lung cancer Oct. 5 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia in Arlington.

Mrs. Leach was born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., and raised in Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas. She lived in the Washington area since the 1940s and in Arlington since 1953.

She attended the Pennsylvania College for Women, which became Chatham College.

Mrs. Leach was a secretary to an assistant secretary of the Army from 1949 until 1969. In the 1970s, she was an investment counselor for the Washington offices of Loomis, Sayles and Co.

Her husband, James L. Leach, whom she married in 1949, died in 1985.

Survivors include a daughter, Dawn M. McGruder of Fairfax; a son, Jim, of Herndon; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Christopher Le Gallo


Christopher Le Gallo, 33, a division manager and analyst for the Tysons Corner offices of Strategic Applications International Corp., was killed in a plane crash Sept. 26 while on his honeymoon in Queensland, Australia.

He had worked for the company since 1995 and was an authority on military strategic and operational planning.

Mr. Le Gallo was born in Port Chester, N.Y., and raised in McLean. He lived off and on in the Washington area since the 1970s and in Falls Church since 2001.

He was a 1987 graduate of Bishop O'Connell High School. He received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Lehigh University and a master's degree in that subject from the University of Brussels in Belgium.

Mr. Le Gallo had been a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Jean-Koepfler Le Gallo of Falls Church; his parents, Andre and Cathy Le Gallo, of San Rafael, Calif.; two sisters, Elise, of San Rafael and Therese, of Corte Madera, Calif.; and his grandmother, Rita Callahan of Davis, Calif.

Phyllis Thompson Wright

Society Editor and Admiral's Widow

Phyllis Thompson Wright, 96, a society editor with the old Washington Star and the widow of a retired Navy admiral, died Oct. 20 at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. She had cancer.

Mrs. Wright, a Washington resident, worked at the Star from 1936 to 1938.

She left the newspaper when she married Jerauld Wright, who became commander of the Atlantic Fleet, NATO Supreme Allied Commander in the Atlantic and ambassador to Taiwan. She accompanied him on many of his assignments.

During World War II, she was vice chairwoman for public relations with the American Red Cross chapter in Washington. She also did volunteer work for the Navy Relief Society.

She was a New York native and made her debut in 1924 along with Janet Lee, future mother of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In New York, she did clerical work for the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform, which fought for the repeal of the 18th Amendment barring the manufacture, sale or transportation of alcohol.

She came to the Washington area in the early 1930s and took jobs at the Federal Alcohol Control Administration and the Federal Housing Administration.

She was a former president of the Sulgrave Club and a member of the Metropolitan and Chevy Chase clubs.

Adm. Wright died in 1995. Survivors include two children, Marion Wright of Denver and William Wright of Arlington.

Thomas Roderick Wingate

World Bank Engineer

Thomas Roderick Wingate, 89, who had worked for the engineering department of the World Bank's International Finance Corp. from 1971 until retiring in 1985, died Oct. 22 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Wingate, who lived in Potomac, was a native of British Columbia and a mechanical engineering graduate of Heriot Watt College in Scotland. He was a management consultant and engineer in Canada before coming to the United States to join the World Bank.

He served on the board of the Friends of the Great Falls Tavern. He was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ruby, of Potomac; two daughters, Cheryl Rathborne of London, Ont., and Deborah Wingate of Toronto; a sister; and five grandchildren.