Irina Ivanovna Fatiadi
Library of Congress Cataloguer
Irina Ivanovna Fatiadi, 79, a cataloguer for the Slavic section at the Library of Congress from 1964 to 1984, died Jan. 30 at Washington Adventist Hospital. She had pneumonia.
Mrs. Fatiadi, a Takoma Park resident, was born Irina Matussewitch in Ukraine. She and her parents were taken to Germany as workers during World War II. She was in a displaced persons camp there at the end of the war.
Mrs. Fatiadi immigrated to the Washington area in 1947 and worked as a domestic. She took bookkeeping courses and did bookkeeping work at the old Neisner's department store. She became a U.S. citizen in 1955.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, she was a National Security Agency linguist and helped monitor phone conversations during the Cuban missile crisis. She was an on-air news reader for Ukrainian audiences with Voice of America.
She received bachelor's and master's degrees in Russian from American University.
She was a founding member of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Washington.
Survivors include her husband, Alexander Fatiadi, whom she married in 1952, of Takoma Park; four daughters, Tamara Stoner of Burtonsville, Julie Steimel of Bowie and Elena Zahirpour and Irina Weiss, both of Silver Spring; and six grandchildren.
Margaret Johns Ellenbogen
Margaret Johns Ellenbogen, 85, a government lawyer for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1977 from the Indian Claims Commission, died of pneumonia Jan. 31 at her home in the Methodist Home in Washington.
She began her government legal career in 1948. She worked for the Federal Security Agency and the Interior Department's solicitor's office before joining the commission.
Mrs. Ellenbogen, who came to the Washington area in 1942, was a native of Rockford, Ill. She was a 1938 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois and a 1948 honors graduate of George Washington University law school, where she was a member of the law review.
In retirement, she did pro bono work for Native American organizations and volunteer work with the Woman's National Democratic Club.
Her first husband, Roger Bronson Cross, whom she married in 1938, was killed in action while serving with the Army in Europe in World War II. Her second husband, Theodore Ellenbogen, died in 1981.
Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Lee Cross Bhattacharji of Highmount, N.Y.; a brother; four sisters; and three grandchildren.