Albert James Redway

McDonnell Douglas Official

Albert James Redway, 78, who worked for what became the McDonnell Douglas Corp. from the early 1950s to the early 1980s and retired as a senior vice president and head of sales in the Washington office, died Oct. 28 at George Washington University Hospital. He had pneumonia.

Mr. Redway, an Alexandria resident, continued to do aerospace consulting until his death.

He was a native of Springfield, Mass., and a 1952 aeronautical engineering graduate of Princeton University.

He served in Europe as a flight engineer with the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He and his wife started a cattle-breeding business on a farm in Fauquier County. He also served on a commission to improve Warrenton-Fauquier Airport.

His avocations included flying a single-seat glider at regional competitions.

He was a former trustee of the Potomac School and a member of the Metropolitan and Alibi clubs. He also helped raise funds for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Tilda de Kauffmann Redway of Alexandria; five children, David Redway of Portland, Ore., Jake Redway of Singapore, Kate Rosenfield of Montclair, N.J., Nini Redway of Sacramento and Jon Redway of McLean; two sisters, Dodie Pierce of Northeast Harbor, Maine, and Edie Wright of Atlanta; two brothers, Larry Redway of Washington and Bill Redway of Potomac; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

John Edward Windham

CIA Investigator

John Edward Windham, 83, who was an investigator in the Central Intelligence Agency security division when he retired in 1974 after a 26-year career there, died Oct. 19 at his home in Ocean Pines, Md. He had cancer.

Mr. Windham, a Washington native, was a 1937 graduate of Gonzaga College High School.

He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Georgetown University.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

He worked for the General Accounting Office in the 1940s before joining the CIA in 1948.

He lived in Landover Hills from the 1940s until moving to Ocean Pines in the late 1990s.

He had been a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Landover Hills and of its Holy Name Society and a coach with its Catholic Youth Organization.

He also was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Ocean Pines.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret Windham of Ocean Pines; a son, James, of Warrenton; three daughters, Patricia Fannon of Gambrills, Catherine Hopkins of Bowie and Margaret Hollis of Severna Park; a sister, Dolores Raine of Davidsonville; and 10 grandchildren.

A son, John Jr., died in 1951.

Ramina Iris Williams

Community Activist

Ramina Iris Williams, 54, a Washington community activist who founded a summer program aimed at training youths in basic work skills, died Oct. 26 in a traffic accident on Interstate 95 in Delaware. State police said the car she was driving went off the road and hit a tree.

Mrs. Williams was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and settled in Washington in the late 1960s. In the area of Eighth and H streets NE, she founded Youth Entrepreneur Self Sufficiency, which taught appropriate working attire, telephone manners and office protocol. YESS workers cleaned parks in the area, repainted graffiti-covered walls and assisted seniors.

She was a founding member of Black Mothers Against Drugs, and in 1988, she sponsored a community-wide Family Happening Day at Anacostia Park in Southeast Washington. She had lived in Beltsville and Brooklyn for the last four years.

Survivors include her husband, Freddie Farid Williams of Brooklyn and Beltsville; six children, Yasha Williams of Washington, Abeo Williams of Hyattsville, Jihadah and Jessica Williams, both of Beltsville, Sulaimen Williams of Washington and Melody Piccott of Brooklyn; a sister; a brother; and four grandsons.

Sheila K. Cronan

Labor Department Attorney

Sheila K. Cronan, 60, a Labor Department attorney who was counsel for trial litigation in mine safety, died of cancer Oct. 29 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

Ms. Cronan had worked for the Labor Department since 1974 and once served as counsel for labor relations. In 1995, she received the Secretary of Labor Career Service Award for a year-long study of sexual harassment.

Ms. Cronan, who had lived in Arlington for 28 years, was a native of Santa Barbara, Calif.

She graduated from Pomona College and received a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

She was president of the Virginia Commonwealth Working Dog Club and national secretary of the North American Working Bouvier Association.

Survivors include her companion of 24 years, Gresham Smith of Arlington, and a sister.

Claudia Helena Cairo


Claudia Helena Cairo, 52, who had taught Spanish, English and social studies at Burgundy Farm Country Day School since 1985, died of cancer Oct. 27 at home in Falls Church.

Ms. Cairo was a native of Buenos Aires who came to this country to study at Vassar College in 1968.

After getting her bachelor's degree, she earned two master's degrees, the first in Spanish from the University of Connecticut and the second in Latin American literature from Yale University, where she also did work toward a doctorate.

She taught Spanish in the 1970s at the University of Connecticut, Yale, Harvard University, Allegheny College and Swarthmore College.

In the 1980s, she taught evening classes at Northern Virginia Community College.

She was academic dean of the Center for Talented Youth summer program at Episcopal High School in 1999.

Her marriage to Jay Resnick ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Anna Resnick and Eli Resnick, both of Falls Church; a sister; and two brothers.