Mariellen M. Jacobson


Mariellen M. Jacobson, 85, who had done volunteer work with Church of Christ in Falls Church and the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home in Washington, died of respiratory arrest Jan. 1 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. She had breast cancer.

Mrs. Jacobson, an Arlington resident, was born in Beatrice, Neb. She graduated from the University of Nebraska. In 1940, she came to Washington, where she worked for the FBI as a clerk and then a cryptanalyst. Later, she was a secretary in the Office of Defense Mobilization and then for an assistant secretary of commerce.

She left the workforce after her marriage in 1955 to Tollef Jacobson, an FBI agent. They lived briefly in Minneapolis and New York City before returning to the Washington area in 1958. Her husband died in February 2002.

Mrs. Jacobson was a Sunday school teacher at Church of Christ, where she did office work to support medical missionary work.

She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood. Her avocations included singing and playing the piano.

Survivors include a son, Mark Jacobson of Arlington; and two granddaughters.

Mark W. Newman

Manassas Lawyer

Mark Warren Newman, 51, a Culpeper resident who had practiced criminal law in Manassas since 1993, died Dec. 27 while on vacation in Nevada.

A spokeswoman for the Washoe County (Nev.) Coroner's Office said Mr. Newman had a heart attack while at the Mount Rose ski resort near Reno.

He was born in Oakland, Calif., and grew up in Alexandria, where he was a 1969 graduate of Fort Hunt High School. He was a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., and received a master's degree in business administration from Tulane University. He was a 1993 graduate of the College of William and Mary's law school.

He flew helicopters in the Coast Guard from 1969 to 1984 and left as a lieutenant. He did communications security work for the National Security Agency in the late 1980s.

He was named court-appointed attorney of the year last year by the Prince William County Bar Association.

His avocations included scuba diving, playing bridge and listening to opera.

Survivors include his father, Dr. D.W. Newman of Alexandria; and three sisters, Sara Newman of New York, Nancy Newman Schall of Lansdale, Pa., and Martha Newman of Alexandria.