Kingsley Wheeler Hamilton

Intelligence Analyst

Kingsley Wheeler Hamilton, 91, who was an analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1962 to 1980, died of pneumonia Jan. 20 at his home in Bethesda.

He had lived in the Washington area since the early 1940s and in Bethesda since the early 1950s.

Mr. Hamilton was born and raised in the Philippines, where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries.

He was a history graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio and received a master's degree in international relations from Tufts University. He also attended the University of Zurich in Switzerland and the University of Strasbourg in France.

He was a Foreign Service officer in Budapest, Zurich and Saigon from 1937 to 1942. In Vietnam, he was interned by the occupying Japanese army.

He was released, and during the remainder of World War II, he worked as an economic analyst in Washington for the Foreign Economic Administration and as an Australian desk officer for the State Department.

He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Conference.

In the 1940s and 1950s, he was a State Department economic analyst.

From 1954 to 1961, Mr. Hamilton was a civilian air intelligence specialist for the Air Force and was chief of policy and programs at the Air Force Intelligence Center.

At the DIA, he specialized in estimating the strength of communist air forces in Europe.

He was a member of the Cosmos Club and the Kenwood Golf and Country Club.

Mr. Hamilton was a member of Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda and had served as its moderator and chairman of its board of deacons. He was a volunteer for its Meals on Wheels program.

His first wife, Angelina Hamilton, whom he married in 1942, died in 1981.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Winifred B. Hamilton of Bethesda; two children from his first marriage, Roger Hamilton of Wellesley, Mass., and Jeanne Lewellan of Ann Arbor, Mich.; a sister; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Enzi DeRenzis

Commission Employee

Enzi DeRenzis, 87, who worked for the Atomic Energy Commission from the late 1940s to 1973 and retired as management assistant to the general manager for research and development, died Jan. 26 at his home in Gaithersburg after a heart attack.

Mr. DeRenzis settled in the Washington area in the early 1960s. He was on the board of directors of the Washingtonian Towers condominium, where he lived.

He was born in New York and attended Buffalo State College.

Earlier in his career, he was a civilian employee with the Army Corps of Engineers. Among his jobs was working in record management, contracts and insurance at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee for the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Muriel Herzog DeRenzis of Gaithersburg; a daughter, Danielle Jauregui of Annapolis; and three grandchildren.

Arthur J. Hughes

Navy Commander

Arthur James Hughes, 77, a retired Navy commander who worked for Montgomery County government as a budget analyst on school and library matters from the late 1960s to early 1980s, died Jan. 29 at Suburban Hospital. He had Parkinson's disease and pneumonia.

Cmdr. Hughes, a resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring, was born in Homestead, Pa. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1968, mostly doing intelligence work. His final active-duty assignment was as executive officer of the Naval communications station in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 1973 received a master's degree in urban affairs and public administration from American University.

He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring and Opus Dei.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lois Moore Hughes of Leisure World; three daughters, Darla Alterescu of Hagerstown, Md., Diane Ivan of Columbia and Joan Herbold of Silver Spring; his mother, Edna Hughes of Catonsville; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son, Jeffrey Hughes, died in 1981.

Leo J. Ovian


Leon J. Ovian, 77, a priest of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles who was pastor to visitors to the basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, died of cancer Jan. 30 at his order's House of Studies in Washington. He was appointed director of the facility in 1988.

He was a founding member of the society and was its first vicar general. He was president for 18 years of Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., where he had earlier been a student. In Washington, he served as facilitator for the society's North American region.

Father Ovian, a native of Whitinsville, Mass., served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. He attended Arnold College in Connecticut and was a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, where he also received a master's degree in education. He received a doctorate in education at Catholic University and also studied theology there.

He taught high school math in Groton, Conn., before undertaking studies for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1966.

Survivors include a sister, Angel Ovian Byrne of Arlington, and a brother, Edward C. Ovian of Whitinsville.

James L. Asher

Systems Engineer

James L. Asher, 77, a telecommunications systems engineer who had worked for Computer Sciences Corp. until 1994 and for PEC Solutions since 1995, died of cancer Jan. 27 at Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Springfield.

Mr. Asher designed and supervised construction of computer network systems for clients including U.S. agencies and the minister of the interior of Saudi Arabia, where he lived in the early 1980s. More recently, he worked on a network for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Asher was a native of Salt Lake City. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean War.

He began his career in the 1950s as a radio station technician in Wisconsin and was later a television cameraman with a CBS affiliate in Omaha. After moving to Northern Virginia in 1969, he worked for Teledyne Technologies Inc. He was with Computer Sciences Corp. for 24 years.

Mr. Asher was a member of the American Legion, the Kaskaskia Reunion Society and Toastmasters International.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Florene Asher of Springfield; four children, Mary Steinberg of Chicago, Lesley Rackowski of Vienna, James L. Asher Jr. of Charlottesville and Daniel Asher of Reston; and four grandchildren.

Robert G. Lawrence

Air Force Colonel

Robert Grant Lawrence, 60, a retired Air Force colonel who retired again in 2000 from Lockheed Martin as vice president of operations in the Middle East and Africa, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 8 at his residence in Kapa'a, Hawaii. He had hemolytic jaundice and food poisoning.

Col. Lawrence settled in the Washington area about 1980 and moved in 2000 from Alexandria to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

He served 22 years in the Air Force before retiring in 1986. He was a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War and later was air attache to Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen. His final active-duty assignment was doing military and political affairs work at the State Department.

His military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

He worked from 1986 to 1994 for General Dynamics Corp., becoming vice president of operations in the Middle East and Africa. He then held the same position at Lockheed Martin.

He was a native of Marshfield, Wis., and a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. He received a master's degree in Middle East studies from the University of Utah and was a graduate of the National Defense University in Washington. He received Arabic language training from the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.

He was the author of "U.S. Policy in Southwest Asia: A Failure in Perspective," published by the National Defense University Press in 1984.

He was a volunteer with Seeds of Peace, a program that brings teenagers from conflict zones to U.S. soil to promote conflict resolution.

His marriage to Susan Lawrence ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Patricia Lawrence of Ponte Vedra Beach; two sons from his first marriage, Michael Lawrence of Onalaska, Wis., and Brad Lawrence of Jamison, Pa.; a brother; two sisters; and three grandchildren.

Frederick Goldberg


Frederick Goldberg, 82, a mohel who performed Jewish ritual circumcisions in the Washington area from 1945 until retiring last year because of declining health, died of prostate cancer Jan. 8 at a daughter's home in Baltimore.

Mr. Goldberg, a native of Budapest, came to Washington in 1940. He moved to Silver Spring in 1975 and to Rockville in the late 1990s. He served in the Army in North Africa during World War II.

He learned to be a mohel from a friend in Philadelphia shortly after the war. He was one of the only mohels in the area for a long period of time, and his family estimated that he performed close to 10,000 circumcisions over the years, sometimes performing as many as eight in one day.

He also was a cantor at Congregation Kesher Israel in Georgetown from the 1950s to the late 1970s. He was a consultant for the State Department from the 1970s to the late 1990s, helping to ensure that the meals served to Israeli diplomatic delegations were prepared in accordance with Jewish religious beliefs.

He was a member of Congregation Young Israel in Silver Spring.

His wife of 53 years, Anne Goldberg, died in 1997.

Survivors include a son, Barry Goldberg of Rockville; four daughters, Ellen Schwartz of Los Angeles, Barbara Rosen of Monsey, N.Y., and Irene Hoffman and Roberta Hennesch, both of Baltimore; a brother; a sister; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Joseph F. Rosenthal


Joseph F. Rosenthal, 74, a lawyer for the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the last 26 years, died of heart ailments Jan. 29 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Rosenthal, who lived in Washington and Wurtsboro, N.Y., was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College. After college, he worked in Rochester, N.Y., for the Xerox Corp. as a research physicist and was a patent agent for 12 years.

After graduating from Columbia University's law school in 1968, he came to Washington, where he worked as a lawyer with the antitrust division of the Justice Department and then served in the office of policy planning and evaluation of the Federal Trade Commission before joining the Consumer Product Safety Commission. At his death, he was working in its office of the general counsel.

Survivors include his companion, Sharon Virga, of McLean.

Myron C. Lynch Jr.

Army Lieutenant Colonel

Myron Corbett Lynch Jr., 50, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who since 1998 had worked for the Treasury Department's comptroller of the currency as team leader for the telecommunications section, died Jan. 27 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had a cerebral edema and subarachnoid hemorrhage, a bleeding in the brain.

He served in the Army from 1970 to 1999, when he retired to join the Treasury. His final Army assignment was as manager of a phone-system project at the Defense Information Systems Agency in Arlington.

Col. Lynch, a Burke resident for the last decade, was a volunteer with the Potomac Valley Swimming Association. He also was a swim official for the Black History Invitational Swim Meet and the Burke Special Olympics.

He was a native of Chillicothe, Ohio, and a 1974 nuclear engineering graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received master's degrees in physics and nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received a master's degree in management from what is now Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. He also was a graduate of the Naval War College. At his death, he was working on a doctorate in physics at American University.

His military decorations included two awards of the Army Meritorious Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Services Commendation Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Naomi Evers Lynch, and two daughters, Miriam Lynch and Sarah Lynch, all of Burke; his father, Myron C. Lynch Sr. of Chillicothe; four sisters; and two brothers.

Margaret Van Camp Day

Secretary and Teacher

Margaret Van Camp Day, 85, a former secretary and substitute teacher who had been active in church work, died Jan. 11 at her home at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Oakton after a fall.

She was a substitute teacher in the Fairfax Public Schools in the 1960s and 1970s, often at Pine Ridge Elementary School. She was a secretary at the James Sprinkle insurance agency in Vienna from 1978 until retiring in 1989.

Mrs. Day, who lived in Vienna for 40 years before moving to Sunrise two months ago, was a native of Philadelphia. She came to the Washington area in 1960. She attended Glassboro State College in New Jersey and George Mason University.

For the past 20 years, she was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Vienna, where she served as missions correspondent. She taught at the mission Sunday school at Waples Trailer Court in Fairfax County and did volunteer work at a children's Baptist summer camp in Prince William County.

Her husband of 64 years, Edward Platt Day, died in December 2002. A son, Kenneth V., died in 1968.

Survivors include a son, Edward Jr., of Marshall; two daughters, Nancy J. Taliaferro of Center Cross, Va., and Cindy J. Day of Fairfax; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Leon B. Prissman

Railroad Accountant

Leon B. Prissman, 84, an accountant who retired in 1979 from CSX railroad's offices in Jessup and continued to work until a few weeks ago as a consultant, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure Jan. 16 at Casey House hospice in Rockville.

He began his career in 1948 working for B&O Railroad in his native Baltimore. B&O later became part of CSX.

Mr. Prissman, a Silver Spring resident for more than 40 years, served in the Army's Judge Advocate General's offices in Europe and North Africa during World War II. He attended John Hopkins University and graduated from the University of Baltimore with a degree in business, finance and accounting.

He was an active member of the Masons, serving as president of the Samuel Gompers-Benjamin Franklin Fellowcraft Club in Washington and monarch of the Fuddi Nabi Grotto in Silver Spring.

He was a charter member and past secretary of Shaare Tefila Congregation and past president of its Hebrew school parent-teacher association.

Over the years, he attended Washington theaters and enjoyed classical music, reading and playing bridge.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Eleanor F. Prissman of Silver Spring; two children, Sara Marcus of Gaithersburg and Elliott Prissman of Silver Spring; and three grandchildren.

Sherry A. Cagnoli

Postal Service Lawyer

Sherry A. Cagnoli, 53, a lawyer who retired on disability in 2001 after a 28-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, including a tour as assistant postmaster general for labor relations, died of breast cancer Feb. 1 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

Ms. Cagnoli, who held the assistant postmaster general position for about two years until 1992, joined the Postal Service as a labor lawyer in 1973. She had served as head of the service's equal employment opportunity office and had worked in its labor relations unit. Her final career appointment was managing counsel of corporate law in the Law Department.

She also served as a member of the National Rural Letter Carriers Steering Committee for quality of work life and employee involvement issues.

Ms. Cagnoli, an Alexandria resident, was a native of Hershey, Pa. She was a graduate of Skidmore College and George Washington University law school.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Richard D. Lake of Alexandria; three stepchildren, Natalie Ernstes of New Jersey, John Michael Lake of Cary, N.C., and Nicholas Lake of South Carolina; her parents, William and Ruth Cagnoli of Hershey; a brother, Allan Cagnoli of Alexandria; and seven grandchildren.

Nancy Wright Graham


Nancy Wright Graham, 54, the owner and operator of Suddenly Slender, a Falls Church health and beauty mineral-wrap business she started in 1996, died Jan. 29 at her home in Falls Church. She had cancer.

Mrs. Graham was a founding member of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Washington, which conducts spiritual counseling for residents and visiting celebrities.

She was born in Greeley, Colo., and grew up in Vallejo, Calif., where she was a graduate of Solano Junior College. She settled in the Washington area in the mid-1970s.

Her hobbies included camping, canoeing and stargazing.

Her marriages to Brian Marshall and Steve Antonides ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 12 years, David Graham of Falls Church; a daughter from her first marriage, Zara Kotric of Denmark; and a sister.