The obituary of Ann Bushnell Bissell, which appeared Feb. 21, incorrectly reported the year of her husband's death. He died in 1994. (Published 2/22/03)

Teresa Eacho


Teresa Florence Culbreth Eacho, 57, a member of St. Jude's Catholic Church in Rockville who had done volunteer work at Washington area nursing homes, died Jan. 25 at Randolph Hills Nursing Home in Silver Spring after a stroke.

She did volunteer work at several nursing homes, including Randolph Hills.

Mrs. Eacho was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Hyattsville. She attended Notre Dame High School in Washington.

Her marriage to Joe Dennie Sr. ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Eacho, and their son, Danny Eacho, both of Wheaton; three children from her first marriage, Joe Dennie Jr. of Damascus, Michelle Willever of Wolfsville, Md., and John Dennie of Frederick; her parents, Lamar and Florence Culbreth of Hyattsville; a sister, Helena James of Adelphi; a brother, David Culbreth of Hyattsville; and seven grandchildren.

Rosemary Wheatley Fuerst

High School Teacher

Rosemary Wheatley Fuerst, 86, who taught American history and English at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg from 1965 to 1973, died Feb. 17 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Riverdale.

She was born in Hyattsville and had lived in Riverdale since 1948.

Mrs. Fuerst was a 1933 graduate of St. Anthony's High School in Washington and a graduate of Trinity College in Washington. She also attended graduate courses at the University of Maryland and American University.

She taught at Bladensburg High School in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Hyattsville.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Robert G. Fuerst of Riverdale; three sons, Robert Jr., of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Winship "Chip," of Riverdale, and Mark, of Seabrook, Md.; two daughters, Edith Maul of Absecon, N.J., and Catherine Burnside of Louisville; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A son, John, died in 1964.

Ann Bushnell Bissell


Ann Bushnell Bissell, 85, a former Washington resident who had done volunteer work at Washington Hospital Center, died Feb. 12 in a hospital in Farmington, Conn., after a stroke.

Mrs. Bissell, a native of Hartford, Conn., lived in Washington from 1941 until she moved to Farmington in 1964.

Her husband of 53 years, Richard M. Bissell, a retired deputy director for plans of the Central Intelligence Agency, died in 1980.

Survivors include four sons, Richard III, of Bangor, Maine, Winthrop B., of New Britain, Conn., William G., of Middletown, Conn., and Thomas E., of West Hartford, Conn.; a daughter, Ann Harriett Bissell of Washington; a sister; and a grandchild.

Richard J. Bennett

Pilot and Herndon Mayor

Richard John Bennett, 84, a retired United Airlines pilot and former Herndon mayor and council member, died Feb. 17 at ManorCare nursing home in Fairfax. He had Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

After serving on the Town Council in 1963 and 1964, Mr. Bennett beat the incumbent mayor in 1965 on a platform of controlled growth. He served three terms as mayor before stepping down in 1971 and won another term on the Town Council.

Mr. Bennett, a Herndon resident, was a native of Eatonville, Wash., and a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state.

He flew for Pan American Air Ferries before World War II and was in the Army Air Forces during the war. His military assignments included flying new B-17 bombers from the United States to Europe and North Africa and worn ones back. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

Mr. Bennett, a Washington area resident since the early 1950s, flew for Capital Airlines and then for United after the two lines merged in the early 1960s. He retired in 1978 as a DC-8 captain.

He was a deacon, elder and trustee at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon.

He was a former president of the Herndon Rotary Club and a former Rotarian of the year. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the club.

The Civic and Service Clubs of Herndon named him citizen of the year in 1966.

A son, Richard Alan Bennett, died in 2001.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Herndon Bennett of Herndon; three children, Dr. Jean Bennett Eddy of Poquoson, Va., and John Noble Bennett and Michael Herndon Bennett, both of Sterling; a brother; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Mary Saunders McClung

Church Member

Mary Saunders McClung, 83, a member of Brentwood Foursquare Gospel Church, died Feb. 13 at her home in Suitland. She had leukemia.

Mrs. McClung was born in Craig County, Va., and was a West Virginia homemaker before settling in the Washington area in the late 1940s.

She did occasional cashiering work at hotels over the years.

Her marriage to Laffey McClung ended in divorce.

A son, Robert A. McClung, died in 1937.

Survivors include a daughter; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

Harry Moses McAllister

Washington Ophthalmologist

Harry Moses McAllister, 89, a Washington ophthalmologist in private practice from 1958 to 1991 and an early practitioner of retinal laser surgery, died Feb. 14 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had pneumonia.

In 1983, Dr. McAllister was appointed medical adviser to the board of appeals of what is now the Department of Veterans Affairs. He worked part time for the VA from 1991 to 1997 and was a recipient of its Distinguished Career Award.

He was a doctor's son, a native of Rochelle, Ga., and a 1936 English graduate of the University of Georgia. He served in the Navy in North Africa, Europe and the South Pacific during World War II and then entered medical school, graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 1949.

He trained in ophthalmology at Harvard University medical school and was a resident at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. After working briefly in Atlanta, he opened an office in Washington in 1958.

That year, he did a six-month fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital's Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore to study the nascent ruby laser technology. He was among the first Washington area doctors to use the ruby laser to treat retinal diseases.

In 1960, he founded the Retina Clinic at Washington Hospital Center with funding secured from a private donor.

He was a charter member of the Retina Society. His other memberships included Congressional Country Club in Bethesda and Chevy Chase Country Club.

He was a Chevy Chase resident.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Josephine Eshelman McAllister of Chevy Chase; five children, Marianne McAllister Smith of Alexandria, David McAllister of New York, Helen McAllister of St. Louis, Jane McAllister of Arlington and Susan McAllister of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a brother; and four grandsons.