The Dec. 12 obituary of Beulah Frances Parr incorrectly stated her date of death, which was Dec. 2. It also incorrectly stated the community where she had lived for more than 50 years, which was Hyattsville. (Published 12/14/02)

John Knight Steckel

NASA Engineer

John Knight Steckel, 81, who retired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1984 as associate chief of the instruments division at the Goddard Space Flight Center, died of cancer Dec. 7 at his Silver Spring home.

Mr. Steckel was a native of Allentown, Pa., and a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. He began his career at the Naval Research Laboratory in 1943 and went to work at Goddard when it opened in 1959.

He volunteered with the Goddard Retirees and Alumni Association and Meals on Wheels in the Colesville area of Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Barbara Jean Murray Steckel of Silver Spring; three children, John Knight Steckel Jr. of Allentown, Paul Murray Steckel of Frederick and Jan Steckel of Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren.

Sara Keefe Kubishen

White House Volunteer

Sara Keefe Kubishen, 59, who volunteered in the White House communications office and taught religious education classes at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church in Burke, died of lung cancer Dec. 7 at her Burke home.

She was a native of New York and a graduate of Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. She received a master's degree in special education from Canisius College in Buffalo.

She taught at a school for the deaf in New Rochelle, N.Y., in the 1960s before marrying Michael A. Kubishen. She accompanied him to Navy posts across the United States before they settled in Burke in 1981.

Her interests included gardening, arranging flowers, painting, sewing, antiques and restoring furniture.

In addition to her husband, a retired captain living in Burke, survivors include three children, Ruth Kubishen of Burke, Elizabeth Henderson of Key Largo, Fla., and Laura Moloney of Richmond; and two sisters.

Adalyn New LeHardy


Adalyn New LeHardy, 91, who taught at Parkside Elementary School in Silver Spring from the 1940s to the 1970s, died of a respiratory ailment Dec. 4 at a nursing home in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Mrs. LeHardy, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., received a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Maryland.

She lived in Silver Spring from the 1940s until retiring to Florida in 1977.

She was a member of the Montgomery County Teachers Association and Wheaton Baptist Church.

Her husband, Joseph S. LeHardy, whom she married in 1937, died in 1954.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Lazarus of Ormond Beach; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Gordon Harding 'Bob' Benner

Loan Officer

Gordon Harding "Bob" Benner, 82, a loan and collections officer at Washington area banks from the 1940s until he retired in 1975 from Sovereign Bank, died of complications from diabetes Dec. 10 at his Springfield home.

Mr. Benner was born in Everett, Mass., and grew up in Washington. He graduated in 1938 from Central High School.

Mr. Benner served during World War II as an Army Air Forces radio operator on B-17s. Among his decorations were a Bronze Star and an Air Medal.

He worked for Commercial Credit Corp. offices in Silver Spring and McClacken National Bank and Riggs National Bank, both in Washington.

He was a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marjorie Benner of Springfield; three daughters, Diane Huller of Columbus, Ohio, Valerie Monahan of Rochester, N.Y., and Gail McMullin of Springfield; a sister, Madeline Wahl of Charlottesville; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

His infant twin sons died in 1956.

Kalwey H. Johnson


Kalwey Harlen Johnson, 73, whose Kalwey Associates firm in Bethesda sold a variety of parts to government agencies, including couplings for Amtrak trains, died Dec. 9 at his home in Bethesda. He had cancer.

Mr. Johnson started Industrial Associates with a partner in the early 1950s. The business became Kalwey Associates, and he retired about 1990.

He was born in Muscatine, Iowa, and raised in Ohio. He served in the Army in Italy in the late 1940s.

He was a 1951 graduate of Kent State University and a 1952 graduate of Georgetown University's foreign service school.

Mr. Johnson served as president of the Montgomery County Republican Club and ran unsuccessfully for the Montgomery County Council in 1970.

He was head usher at North Bethesda United Methodist Church, president of the Luxmanor Citizens Association and a member of the board of West Lake Park condominiums in Bethesda. His interests included bridge, tennis and golf.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Kitty Beucler Johnson of Bethesda; three sons, Kalwey A. Johnson of Frederick, Keith E. Johnson of Darnestown and Kevin J. Johnson of Rockville; two brothers; and four grandchildren.

Alicia Almand Sandeen

Foreign Service Secretary

Alicia Almand Sandeen, 79, a secretary who was posted by the Foreign Service to Ethiopia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Finland and Malaysia, died of lung cancer Dec. 5 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. She lived in Falls Church.

Mrs. Sandeen was born in Washington. She went to work at the State Department in 1948 and retired as secretary to the ambassador to Malaysia in the mid-1980s.

She was a volunteer with the Lions Recycling Center of Northern Virginia and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Grace Reform United Church of Christ in Washington.

Survivors include her husband of 12 years, Charles E. Sandeen of Falls Church.

Beulah Frances Parr


Beulah Frances Parr, 84, a secretary at First Baptist Church in Hyattsville from the 1950s to the 1970s, died of a stroke Dec. 1 at the Hillhaven care center in Adelphi.

Mrs. Parr, a native of Frankfort, Ind., had lived in Adelphi for about 50 years.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, George C. Parr of Hyattsville; two daughters, Jeanette Smith of Mesa, Ariz., and Susan Novak of Bowie; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Ronald Thomas Joy

IRS Branch Director

Ronald Thomas Joy, 67, who retired from the Internal Revenue Service in 1986 as director of the management information branch, died Nov. 29 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center after a heart attack.

Before joining the IRS in 1973, Mr. Joy was a computer systems specialist with the National Security Agency, the Naval Command Systems Support Activity and the D.C. police. He began his career in 1968 as a D.C. police officer.

Mr. Joy, who lived in Fort Washington, was a Washington native and a graduate of Howard University.

His marriages to Connie Joy and Carol Joy ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Veda Joy of Fort Washington; a son from his first marriage, Ronald Thomas Joy Jr. of Baltimore; another son, Sean Michael Joy of Salem, Va.; a sister; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

A son from his first marriage, Kevin Joy, died in 1988.

Lillian Griggs Jones


Lillian Griggs Jones, 93, a saleswoman at the Joseph R. Harris clothing store in Silver Spring from the mid-1960s to mid-1980s, died of a heart ailment Dec. 8 at Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Jones, a former Silver Spring resident, was born in Washington.

Her husband, Thomas G. Jones, whom she married in 1926, died in 1963.

Survivors include two children, Cecelia Levy of Silver Spring and Tucker Jones of Hague, Va.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.