Chester Francis Poranski

Navy Chemist

Chester Francis Poranski, 65, a research chemist with the Naval Research Laboratory for 39 years before retiring in September 2002, died of cancer Jan. 16 at his home in Annandale.

Dr. Poranski, who came to the Washington area in the early 1960s, was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. A chemistry graduate of the University of San Francisco, he received a master's degree in chemistry from St. Joseph's University and a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Maryland. He served in the Navy reserve.

He was a recipient of the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Rita Joan Poranski of Annandale; two sons, Christopher F. Poranski of Cincinnati and Joseph M. Poranski of Burke; two daughters, Maria R. Poranski of Virginia Beach and Anne M. Poranski of Arlington; and four grandchildren.

Julia G. Warner

Associate Editor

Julia G. Warner, 87, a lifelong Washington resident and retired associate editor of Dumbarton Oaks' Byzantine Publications, died of cancer Jan. 16 at the Washington Home.

Ms. Warner edited research articles and journals for Dumbarton Oaks for 35 years until 1985.

She was a graduate of the Potomac and Madeira schools. She took journalism classes at Columbia University and briefly worked for McGraw Hill Publishing Company in New York.

During World War II, she lived in Washington, where she was a secretary for the Chinese ambassador and volunteer ambulance driver for the American Red Cross.

Survivors include two sisters.

Margaret L. Weathersbee

Church Member

Margaret L. Weathersbee, 79, a Washington area resident since 1938 who was a member of Millian Memorial United Methodist Church in Temple Hills, died of pneumonia Jan. 16 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mrs. Weathersbee, who lived in Rockville, was born in Valparaiso, Ind.

She played bridge.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Frank B. Weathersbee of Rockville; three children, Frank R. Weathersbee of Annapolis, Gary L. Weathersbee of Rockville and Marla E. Bowser of Frederick; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Myra Ann Hart Randall

Administrative Assistant

Myra Ann Hart Randall, 66, an administrative assistant and secretary at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda from 1969 until retiring in 1991, died of lung cancer Jan. 15 at her home in Marion, Md.

She was a Washington native and lived in Rockville from 1961 until retiring to the Maryland Eastern Shore in 1993.

Mrs. Randall was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in 1954 and attended Immaculata College in Washington and Montgomery College.

Her marriage to Donald R. Randall ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Seidenspinner, of Marion whom she married in 1985; three children from her first marriage, Donna Marie Randall-Smith of New Market, Va., F. Dennis of Laytonsville and Deborah Aileen Hertel of Annapolis; and 10 grandchildren.

Stephen Ray Beaver

Taxi Dispatcher

Stephen Ray Beaver, 48, a dispatcher for Diamond Cab in Alexandria, where he had worked for about the past 15 years, died Jan. 17 at his home in Arlington. He had diabetes.

Mr. Beaver was a native Arlingtonian and a graduate of Wakefield High School. He attended Northern Virginia Community College.

He was an active member of Kingstown Baptist Church in Alexandria, volunteering with youth service programs. He also assisted his mother, Ellen Mason Beaver, with a homeless resource center based in her Arlington home.

In addition to his mother, survivors include a brother, Robert Thomas Beaver of Raleigh, N.C.