James Earle Phillips

School Official

James Earle Phillips, 75, a retired Prince William County schools associate superintendent who had also been a teacher, assistant principal and school official in Falls Church, died of pneumonia Dec. 20 at the Fairfax Nursing Center.

Mr. Phillips began his career in the early 1950s as a teacher at a private military academy in Staunton. He then taught Spanish at George Mason High School in Falls Church in the mid-1950s and later became assistant principal of the school.

He was assistant superintendent of the Falls Church school system for about seven years until the early 1970s and associate superintendent of the Prince William County school system for about five years until his retirement in the late 1970s.

Mr. Phillips, an Alexandria resident, was born in Greenwood, N.C. He served in the Army on Okinawa during World War II.

He graduated from the University of Virginia and received a master's degree in education administration from George Washington University.

In retirement, he worked for IOCS Inc. in Washington and other technology companies as a computer consultant.

He was a past member and vestryman of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria.

His wife of 44 years, Virginia Thomas Phillips, died in 2001. Survivors include two daughters, Susan Repole of Vienna and Anne Richardson of Alexandria; a brother; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Bill Warren Taggart

Tax Law Analyst

Bill Warren Taggart, 73, a retired Internal Revenue Service tax law analyst who reviewed and edited tax publications, died of leukemia Dec. 14 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

Mr. Taggart, who lived in Arlington since 1971, worked for the IRS for about 30 years until 1988.

He was a native of Bethany, Mo., and an Army veteran who served in Panama during the Korean War. He was a graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and what is now the University of Missouri-Kansas City law school.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Marie Taggart of Arlington; a son, John W. Taggart of Arlington; and two sisters.

Joseph H. McCann

Seaway Administrator

Joseph H. McCann, 87, who served from 1962 to 1969 as administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which links the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean for shipping, died Dec. 19 at the home of a daughter in McLean after a heart attack.

Mr. McCann moved to the Washington area in 1978 to serve on the staff of the National Transportation Policy Study Commission. He stayed there until 1981 when the commission completed its work and he retired. He remained in this area and was living in McLean at the time of his death.

He was born in Detroit, graduated from the University of Michigan and worked for Ford Motor Co. and the C.M. Hall Lamp Co., an auto industry supplier, before becoming administrator of the seaway.

His wife of 61 years, Maureen Kavanagh McCann, died in 2001. Two sons, Joseph H. McCann Jr. and James Matthew McCann, died in infancy in 1942 and 1952. Survivors include four children, Martha Shannon of Madison, Wis., Maureen Moore of McLean, Alice Osburn of Grosse Pointe, Mich., and David McCann of New York; a sister, eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Nancy Colleen Duncan

CIA Employee

Nancy Colleen Duncan, 60, who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 30 years before retiring in 1995 as an assistant in the personnel office, died of pneumonia Dec. 20 at Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Springfield.

She came to Washington and began her agency career in 1965. In addition to working at the agency's headquarters, she had served as a secretary at stations in Bangkok from 1966 to 1968, and in Saigon, South Vietnam, from 1970 to 1972.

Mrs. Duncan, a New Mexico native, attended Eastern New Mexico State University before coming to the Washington area.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Hamilton A. Duncan Jr. of Springfield; and her father, Morford H. McCrary of Santa Fe, N.M.

Edward Platte Day Sr.

Mechanical Engineer

Edward Platte Day Sr., 89, a mechanical engineer who worked for the Navy Department for 26 years before retiring in 1977 from the Bureau of Ships, died of renal failure Dec. 16 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.

Mr. Day, a longtime Dunn Loring resident who moved to the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Oakton two weeks ago, began his career with the Navy Department in his native Philadelphia.

He transferred to the Bureau of Ships in Washington in 1960.

He was a 1957 mechanical engineering graduate of Drexel University.

In retirement, he was trails commissioner for the Providence District of Fairfax County. In that capacity, he helped with the planning and building of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, including the trail's bridge over the Capital Beltway.

He was a member of the Dunn Loring Citizens Association and Neighborhood Watch and Grace Presbyterian Church in Vienna.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Margaret Van Camp Day of Oakton; three children, Edward P. Day Jr. of Marshall, Nancy Taliaferro of Center Cross, Va., and Cindy Jeanne Day of Fairfax; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son, Kenneth Van Camp Day, died in 1968.

J. Richard Heintzelman


J. Richard Heintzelman, 74, who retired from the Federal Railroad Administration as the deputy associate administrator for administration in 1989, died Dec. 22 at Suburban Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Heintzelman worked 22 years for the railroad administration. From 1956 until 1967, he was an investigator and management analyst with the Civil Service Commission.

A resident of Bethesda, he was born in Chambersburg, Pa., and was graduated from Gettysburg College. He was an Air Force sergeant in Germany and worked for Cambridge Rubber Co. in Taneytown, Md., before moving to the Washington area in 1956.

He was a member of Concord-St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Rae Strohm Heintzelman of Bethesda; three children, Wendy R. Matuszky of Monrovia, Md., Wade R. Heintzelman of Bethesda and Webb R. Heintzelman of Middleton, Mass.; and three grandchildren.

James Rae Gardner

Budget Analyst

James Rae Gardner, 91, a budget analyst who specialized in public roads and retired in 1970 from the Department of Transportation, died Dec. 20 at his home in Alexandria. He had a heart ailment.

Mr. Gardner was a native of Hardaway, Ala., and a graduate of George Washington University. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

He began his government career in 1934 with the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. Later, he was chief clerk with the President's Advisory Committee on Education and an administrative assistant at the National Youth Administration.

In the early 1940s, he was an administrative assistant and industrial analyst at the War Production Board and an administrative analyst with the Commerce Department.

After the war, he was a budget and management analyst at Commerce until DOT was established in the late 1960s.

In the decade after he retired, he lost his vision to macular degeneration.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marjorie Martin Gardner of Alexandria; three daughters, Virginia Louis of Amesbury, Mass., Patricia Nettles of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Nancy Currier of Takoma Park; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.