The obituary of Holly Warren Byrne, which appeared Dec. 20, should have reported that his second wife, Margaret Gordon Byrne, died in 1995. (Published 12/22/02)

Seth Turner Crawford

CIA Officer

Seth Turner Crawford, 79, a retired Central Intelligence Agency operations officer, died of heart ailments Dec. 14 at home in in Markham, Va.

Mr. Crawford served 30 years in the CIA before retiring in 1978, and his career included postings in Paris, Rome, Haiti and Southeast Asia. He also had worldwide roving assignments.

In retirement he operated a farm in Markham, where he specialized in reforestation and conservation.

He was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard University. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe.

He was a former president of the Leeds Ruritan Club.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Aileen Baltazzi Crawford of Markham; a brother, a sister and four stepchildren.

William Ashby Toombs


William Ashby Toombs, 53, who had a dental practice in Falls Church from 1977 until retiring in 1999 because of illness, died Dec. 10 of sepsis related to orthopedic injuries at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

He was born in Washington, raised in Arlington and lived in Springfield since 1987.

Dr Toombs, a 1967 graduate of Yorktown High School, received a bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and a dentistry degree from Howard University.

He was a member of the Sugar Hill Hunt Club of Virginia.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Mary Kaye Toombs of Springfield.

Harriet Dise Wrightson

Church Member

Harriet Dise Wrightson, 67, a Gaithersburg resident and member of St. Martin's Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, died Dec. 16 at the Casey House hospice in Rockville. She had complications from a heart transplant seven years ago.

Mrs. Wrightson was born in Easton, Md., and settled in Montgomery County in the mid-1950s.

Her avocations included home decorating, sewing and playing bridge.

A son, Alan Michael Wrightson, died in 1998.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Frank Powell Wrightson of Gaithersburg; three children, Steven Wrightson of Walnut Creek, Calif., Terri Wrightson of Arlington and Leslie Wrightson Hubbard of Gaithersburg; a sister, Jeanette Hamilton of Cockeysville, Md.; and five grandchildren.

Debra Lisa Scheff-Gricius

Health Care Executive

Debra Lisa Scheff-Gricius, 49, a health care executive who from 1996 to 1998 was senior vice president of PHP Healthcare, died of cancer Dec. 12 at her home in Great Falls.

Mrs. Scheff-Gricius was born in Newark and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.

From 1988 to 1996, she was president of Health Cost Consultants, a medical utilization management company. As senior vice president at PHP Healthcare, she oversaw medical management functions and third-party claims operations.

In 1999, she was found to have melanoma. She volunteered for investigational therapies at the National Institutes of Health and was writing a book on her experiences on the receiving end of the health care system.

She was a member of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Gricius, and a daughter, Gabriella Scheff-Gricius, both of Great Falls; and a brother.

John Robert Radcliffe


John Robert Radcliffe, 91, an internist who practiced in the District from the mid-1940s until 1987, died of a cerebral aneurysm Dec. 13 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.

Dr. Radcliffe was a native of Millville, N.J., and a graduate of Brown University. He received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and interned at Lankenau Hospital in Pennsylvania. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.

He established his Washington practice after completing a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

He was a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Internal Medicine and the D.C. and Southern medical societies; Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington; and the Brown, Columbia Country and Army and Navy clubs.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Gedney Ewan of Chevy Chase; and three children, Nancy Ewan Miller and Robert Radcliffe Ewan, both of New York, and Bruce Tayloe Ewan of Silver Spring.

Richard M. 'Mac' Hughes

Navy Captain

Richard M. "Mac" Hughes, 71, a Navy captain who retired in 1983 from the chief of naval operations' office as director of the attack submarine section, died of prostate cancer Dec. 14 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Annandale.

Capt. Hughes, whose naval career was devoted to the submarine service, was a native of Athens, Ohio, and a 1955 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. His commands included the submarine Billfish and the sub tender Fulton. Among his honors was a Legion of Merit.

After he retired from the Pentagon, he worked for two Navy contractors, American Systems Corp. and PDI Corp.

He was a member of the Navy Submarine League and the personnel committee at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Burke.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Joyce Hughes of Annandale; four children, Douglas Hughes of Wheaton, Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Hughes of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Susan Resch of Erdenheim, Pa., and Gail Hughes of Washington; and seven grandchildren.

Thomas Taylor Gibson

IMF Representative

Thomas Taylor Gibson, 62, an economist who retired this year as representative of the International Monetary Fund in Malawi, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 13 at his Potomac home.

Dr. Gibson was a native of Dallas and a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he also received a doctorate in macroeconomics. He also taught at the university and worked in Boulder at the Economics Institute.

He went to work for the Agency for International Development in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1967 and joined the IMF in 1970. His postings included Jakarta, Indonesia; Bangladesh; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dr. Gibson was president of the Bretton Woods Association, a coach with Montgomery Soccer Inc., a volunteer at the Textile Museum and a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

A son, Alexander Snowden Gibson, died in 1994.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Jannes Waples Gibson of Potomac; two daughters, Dr. Erica Jannes Gibson of Portland, Ore., and Katharine Lareine Gibson of San Francisco; two sisters; and a brother.

James R. Kelly Jr.

Veterans Affairs Official

James Ralph Kelly Jr., 68, who played a key role at the Department of Veterans Affairs creating a viable home and day health services program for veterans, died of throat cancer Dec. 12 at Casey House hospice in Rockville.

Mr. Kelly, a Takoma Park resident, joined the old Veterans Administration in the early 1960s. He was chief of community care programs from 1975 to 1988 and then director of extended care service from 1988 until he retired in 1997.

Daniel J. Schoeps, director of the VA's long-term care contracts office, said Mr. Kelly helped establish adult day health care programs so veterans would not face longer and costlier stays overnight in nursing homes and hospitals. He also helped craft a home health-aid program.

Mr. Kelly was a recipient of the VA's Distinguished Career Award.

He was a Baltimore native and a 1956 graduate of Georgetown University's foreign service school. In 1961, he received a master's degree in psychiatric social work from the University of Chicago.

He served in U.S. Army intelligence in Heidelberg, Germany, between college degrees.

His avocations included gardening and cooking. After retiring, he spent three months on an 800-mile walk through Europe. His final destination was a cathedral dedicated to St. James the Greater in Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Survivors include a brother, Francis P. "Frank" Kelly of Bel Air; and three sisters, Catherine Ann Fitzpatrick of Harrisburg, Pa., Mary Elizabeth Caslin of Lutherville, Md., and Rosemary Patricia Lyons of Bel Air.

Vicki Howard

Systems Analyst

Vicki Howard, 61, an International Business Machines Corp. systems analyst who retired in October, died Dec. 16 at her home in North Potomac. She had a heart ailment.

Mrs. Howard was born in the Soviet Union and came to the United States as a child, settling in New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton and received a master's degree in physics at Columbia University.

In the 1960s, she came to the Washington area. She began working for IBM in Gaithersburg in 1968. She was a member of Darnestown Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Paul F. Howard, died last year.

Survivors include three children, David Howard and Ellen Howard of Darnestown and Scott Howard of Germantown.

John H. Beachboard

NASA Engineer

John Howard Beachboard, 77, an engineer who did development and testing work on rocket and space programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration before retiring in 1980, died Dec. 16 at his home in Alexandria. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mr. Beachboard was a civilian engineer working on rocketry for the Army's Ballistic Missile Agency under Wernher von Braun. He was part of the rocketry team that was eventually incorporated into NASA.

He was a native of Aberdeen, Md., and an electrical engineering graduate of the University of Maryland. He served in the Navy in the Pacific on a submarine during World War II.

His memberships included the Masons and First Christian Church of Falls Church.

He collected postcards and became editor of the U.S. Postal Card Catalog.

His first wife, Doris Peterson Beachboard, died in 1967.

Survivors include his wife, Gwen Pavlock Beachboard, whom he married in 1970, of Alexandria; two stepchildren, Joe Pavlock of Silver Spring and Pam Fryer of Germantown; a sister, Wanda Almoney of Aberdeen; and four grandchildren.

Holly Warren Byrne

CIA Cartographer

Holly Warren Byrne, 70, a retired Central Intelligence Agency cartographer, died of leukemia and multiple myeloma Dec. 12 at his home in Annandale.

Mr. Byrne was born in Long Beach, Calif., and grew up in Illinois. He graduated from Illinois State Normal University and during the 1950s served in the Air Force. He received a master's degree in geography with an emphasis on cartography at the University of Illinois.

In 1959, he began a 32-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency as a cartographer and manager. In 1977, he served in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific. In the 1980s, he served five years as the CIA's representative to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

He retired in 1991 after having served as branch chief, deputy division chief and research director in the cartographic unit.

Mr. Byrne was a scoutmaster for 14 years with Boy Scout Troop 150 in Annandale. For nine years, he was a Boy Scout assistant district commissioner.

He was a member of Annandale United Methodist Church.

His marriage to Phyllis Curtis Byrne ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Gordon Byrne of Annandale; three children from his first marriage, Ronald Byrne of Crystal Lake, Ill., Melissa Blanco of Annandale and Melinda Bates of Blue Bell, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

Veronica Morris

Private Duty Nurse

Veronica Milius "Ronnie" Morris, 79, a private-duty nurse at the old Doctors Hospital in Washington in the mid-1940s, died Dec. 5 at the ManorCare nursing home in Bethesda. She had lymphoma.

Mrs. Morris, a Bethesda resident, was born in Tamaqua, Pa. She was a 1944 graduate of St. Francis Hospital's nursing school in Hartford, Conn., and a 1947 nursing education graduate of Catholic University.

She was a member of St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda and a board member of its Sodality Union. She was an officer in the St. John's College High School mothers' club.

She was a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Her avocations included gardening and participating in Volksmarches -- large, organized walks -- throughout the East Coast.

A daughter, Catherine T. Morris, died in 2001.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, William J. Morris Jr. of Bethesda; four children, Mary E. Leeman of Arlington, William J. Morris III of Bethesda, Andrew Morris of Topsham, Maine, and John Morris of Goffstown, N.H.; and seven grandchildren.