Eleanor E. Wright

Arlington School Librarian

Eleanor Elizabeth Wright, 61, retired head librarian at Yorktown High School in Arlington and president emeritus of the Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League, died Feb. 8 at Holy Cross Hospital after a stroke.

Mrs. Wright, a Vienna resident, was attending a high school debating tournament in Montgomery County when she had the stroke.

Throughout her 36-year career at Yorktown, she was a high school speech and debate team coach. She continued in this role after her retirement in 2000.

She was born in Staunton, Va., and grew up in Front Royal, Va. She was a 1959 graduate of Strasburg (Va.) High School and a 1963 library science graduate of James Madison University. In 1971, she received a master's degree in library science from Florida State University.

She was active in the women's golf league at Oak Marr Golf Complex in Oakton.

She was a former president of the National Catholic Forensic League.

Survivors include a brother, William Wright of The Villages, Fla.

Margaret Perenich Ferris


Margaret Perenich Ferris, 79, who taught preschoolers in the 1960s at the Bethesda YMCA and at a private school in Garrett Park, died Feb. 10 at Casey House hospice in Rockville. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Ferris, who lived in Montgomery Village, was born in New York and lived in Washington as a child. She was a graduate of Trinity College in Washington and did graduate work in early childhood education at the University of Maryland.

She worked in the 1940s for the Nation's Capital Girl Scout Council, where her assignments included training and fundraising. She was an account executive with Henry J. Kaufmann advertising prior to her marriage in 1951.

Mrs. Ferris accompanied her husband to Navy posts in the United States before returning to the Washington area in 1958. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts, St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda, Mother of God Community in Gaithersburg and Bethesda Help.

Survivors include her husband, retired Lt. Cmdr. Thomas G. Ferris of Montgomery Village; seven children, Ruth Shriver of Cumberland, Md., Mary Carlisle of Chestertown, Md., Kathleen Browe, Laura Miller and Margaret Durbin, all of Gaithersburg, Thomas J. Ferris of Chevy Chase and Lucy Ferris of Key West, Fla.; two sisters, Elizabeth Hassett of Gaithersburg and Gloria Mountfort of Fairfax; a brother, Guy Perenich of Clearwater, Fla.; and 16 grandchildren.

Shermon Brodey

Arbitron Official

Shermon Brodey, 66, director of marketing communications for the Arbitron marketing and audience measurement firm for more than 20 years, died Feb. 6 at his home in Annapolis. He had a heart ailment and diabetes.

Mr. Brodey was a native of Utica, N.Y., and a graduate of Syracuse University. He was a broadcaster for a radio station there early in his career and then joined the Utica Daily Press, where he was a transportation columnist.

After moving to Washington in 1961, he was an announcer for radio station WASH-FM. He was senior editor of Broadcasting Magazine from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, and also was an announcer for the Washington Senators.

At Arbitron, his work included meeting planning.

He was a member of the National Press Club and a line producer for a recently released children's video, "Max Magician and the Legend of the Rings."

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Nancy C. Brodey of Annapolis; a daughter, Trenna Brodey of Ellicott City; his mother, Belle Brodey of Silver Spring; and a brother, Martin H. Brodey of Rockville.

Marion Elizabeth Hillegeist


Marion Elizabeth Hillegeist, 92, a former secretary who during the 1970s worked at Remington Rand Corp. and the Sheraton Hotel in Washington, died Feb. 8 at her home in Washington of complications related to a paralyzing stroke suffered in 1991.

Mrs. Hillegeist was a lifelong Washington resident and a graduate of Holy Trinity Academy for Girls. During the Great Depression, she worked in an arts and literature unit of the Works Progress Administration.

Later, she was a secretary at W.C. & A.N. Miller Co. In 1934, she married Charles Hillegeist. She served as vice president of their family real estate business, C.H. Hillegeist Co. He died in 1973.

Mrs. Hillegeist had been a member of Holy Trinity and Annunciation Catholic churches and had done volunteer work with the Christ Child Society and Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include three sons, Jon, of Sacramento, Bill, of Falls Church, and James, of Herndon; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.