James R. Glenn

Smithsonian Archivist

James R. Glenn, 68, who retired in 1996 as senior archivist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Anthropological Archives, died Oct. 13 at a hospital in Savannah, Ga., of complications following intestinal surgery.

Mr. Glenn was born in Waurika, Okla., and graduated from the University of Tulsa, where he also received a master's degree in history. He did additional graduate study in history at Howard University.

He served in the Army from 1959 to 1961. Later, he served in Uganda with Teachers for East Africa and taught history at Southeastern Missouri State University.

He moved to the Washington area in 1967, taught elementary school for a year in Loudoun County and then joined the staff at the National Archives. He was assigned to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, N.Y., for a year, then in 1972 joined the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Archives, where he remained until retirement.

He was an adjunct instructor in Catholic University's School of Library and Information Science, where he taught management of photographic collections and archives.

He was a former resident of Annandale and moved to Savannah in 1996.

His marriage to Margaret A. Hedetniemi ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Susan W. Glenn of Savannah; and two children from his first marriage, Sarah Glenn of Burke and James R. Glenn Jr. of Columbia.

Viola Nethery Beadles Apple

Methodist Minister

The Rev. Viola Nethery Beadles Apple, 89, a retired Methodist minister who moved to the Washington area in 1998 and attended the Ukrainian Catholic Monastery of the Holy Cross in Washington and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in College Park, died Nov. 4 at Assurance ElderCare assisted-living facility in College Park after a heart attack. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Apple was a schoolteacher and minister in Texas and Tennessee.

She was born in Halifax, N.C., graduated from Berea College in Kentucky and received a master's degree in sociology at Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville.

Her first husband, the Rev. Carl Beadles, died in 1956, and her second husband, the Rev. H. Marion Apple, died in 1997. A son from her first marriage, John Carl Beadles, died in 1976.

Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Nancy Alice Beadles Fitzgerald of Seabrook.

Lillian Kelly Schweinefuss


Lillian Kelly Schweinefuss, 79, a former elementary school teacher, died of cancer Nov. 10 at home in Alexandria.

She was a textile chemist from 1945 to 1950 at Emory Industries in Cincinnati, then accompanied her husband to Navy posts in the United States. She taught at schools in California and at Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring in the late 1950s, and Franconia Elementary School and Mount Eagle Elementary School in Alexandria in the 1960s.

She was a native of Pendleton County, Ky., and a graduate of Thomas More College in Kentucky. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include her husband, retired Cmdr. Ralph J. Schweinefuss of Alexandria; two children, Thomas J. Schweinefuss of Alexandria and Molly C. Dameron of Charlottesville; two sisters; four brothers; and two grandchildren.

Shirley Pistor


Shirley Pistor, 75, a teacher who accompanied her husband, former ambassador to Malawi Michael Pistor, to Foreign Service posts from 1959 to 1995, died Nov. 9 at the Potomac Valley Nursing and Wellness Center in Rockville. She had Alzheimer's disease.

In the 1980s, while living in Washington, she taught dyslexic children at the Kingsbury School and was an English instructor at the Inlingua language school. She also tutored learning-disabled children while abroad.

The Pistors had tours of duty in Kampala, Uganda; Tehran; London; and India. Michael Pistor was ambassador to Malawi in the early 1990s.

Mrs. Pistor was a native of Tampa and a graduate of Wesleyan University. She received a master's degree in education from the University of Florida. In the 1950s, she taught elementary classes in Department of Defense schools in Japan and Germany and at schools in New Jersey and New York.

She was a member of DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired).

In addition to her husband, of Washington, survivors include two children, Julia Pistor Eisenman of Los Angeles and William Pistor of San Francisco; and three grandchildren.

Barry B. Leon


Barry Leon, 62, a dentist who had lived and practiced in Annandale since 1968, died of lymphoma Nov. 10 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

He was born in Atlantic City and raised in Washington. After graduating from Coolidge High School, he attended George Washington University and then received a dentistry degree from Georgetown University.

He served in the Air Force in Portugal during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Leon volunteered in the annual dental health awareness campaign at Wakefield Forest Elementary School. His interests included photography and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 38 years, Marlene Leon of Annandale; two children, David Leon of Richmond and Mindy Leon of Annandale; a sister, Barbara Peters of New York; and a granddaughter.

Charles Christopher Gaffney

Government Budget Analyst

Charles Christopher Gaffney, 82, who worked for the Atomic Energy Commission from the late 1950s to the late 1970s and retired as a budget analyst with the newly formed Energy Department in 1978, died Nov. 10 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Rockville. He had dementia.

Mr. Gaffney, a Rockville resident, was a native of Pringle, Pa., and an accounting graduate of Ben Franklin University.

He did intelligence work for the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and, as a civilian, for the Navy Department through the 1950s.

His memberships included Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church in Rockville, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the Moose. His hobbies included golf.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary McDonough Gaffney of Rockville; four children, retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Robert Gaffney of Atlanta, Barry Gaffney of Adamstown, Md., Jack Gaffney of Silver Spring and Suzanne Gaffney of Washington; two brothers, Frank Gaffney of Philadelphia and Jack Gaffney of Tampa; a sister, Elizabeth Campfield of Rockville; and eight grandchildren.

Ethel Mae Lowther Terry


Ethel Mae Lowther Terry, 84, a former Department of Agriculture secretary, died Oct. 16 at Montgomery General Hospital after a heart attack.

Mrs. Terry, who lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring, was born in Johnstown, Pa., and moved to Washington in the late 1930s.

She retired from the Department of Agriculture in 1980 after about 13 years' service.

She was a longtime resident of Hyattsville, where she had been in the hand-bell choir at Ager Road United Methodist Church.

Her husband, George M. Terry, died in 1990.

Survivors include three children, Lee Anthony Terry of Wheaton, Dee Ann Worden of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., and Susan Dawn Merson of Homosassa Springs, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Julia Jones Hyson

Washington Teacher

Julia Jones "Aunt Julia" Hyson, 95, who taught elementary school in Washington from the 1930s to the 1970s and retired from Anthony Bowen Elementary School, died Oct. 26 at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. She had heart disease.

Mrs. Hyson, a Washington resident, also worked at Walker-Jones, Garfield and Turner elementary schools and did special education teaching at some.

She was born in Oakland, Calif., and grew up in Washington. She was a graduate of Dunbar High School, the old Miner Teachers College and Howard University. She also took classes in elementary education and special education at universities including Howard, Catholic and Gallaudet.

She taught elementary school in Raleigh, N.C., and taught Braille and sign language at Gallaudet before working for the D.C. public school system.

Her memberships included the National Council of Negro Women and Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, where she sang in the cathedral choir and did volunteer work.

Her marriage to George Hyson ended in divorce.

She leaves no immediate survivors.