The obituary of Catherine Marie Beacom, which was published Feb. 23, incorrectly reported the date of her death. She died Jan. 24. (Published 2/25/03)

Chris F. Sarris


Chris F. Sarris, 45, a Montgomery County firefighter who was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Olney, died of cancer Feb. 14 at Holy Cross Hospital. He lived in Rockville.

He began his firefighting career in 1994 as a volunteer in Kensington. He became a professional firefighter about 1996 and worked out of Station No. 31 in Darnestown and most recently at the fire marshal's office.

Mr. Sarris, who was born in Washington, was a graduate of Magruder High School. He attended Montgomery College and the University of Maryland.

From 1983 to 1995, he was an office manager and real estate agent with Bogley real estate in Kensington.

His hobbies included fishing, boating and motorcycling.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Michele R., two children, Nicholas and Francesca Sarris, his stepfather and mother, John and Mersini "Myrna" Aravanis, and a brother, George Sarris, all of Rockville.

Robert L. Martin

Government Lawyer

Robert L. Martin, 76, a retired government lawyer who worked for the Office of Economic Opportunity, ACTION and the Peace Corps for 28 years before he retired in 1993, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Feb. 22 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Martin came to Washington in 1965 and joined the OEO, where he was an assistant inspector general. In 1971, he joined ACTION, where he became deputy general counsel and acting general counsel before he transferred to the Peace Corps in 1982. He was its senior associate general counsel before he became its acting general counsel in 1993. In retirement, he was a Peace Corps consultant.

Mr. Martin, who was born in Cortland, N.Y., was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a 1950 graduate of Colgate University and a 1953 graduate of Cornell Law School. He practiced law and worked for Western Electric in New York before he moved to Washington.

He was a member of the Cosmos Club and represented Woodley Park in the Advisory Neighborhood Commission.

Survivors include his wife, Abby McCardell Martin of Washington.

Hugh G. Harvey


Hugh G. Harvey, 78, a cartographer who retired in 1977 from the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, died Feb. 24 at home in Lexington, Va.

He died of hepatitis C, which his family attributed to a blood transfusion he received during an amputation of his left leg as a result of World War II wounds he received in 1944 while serving in the Army in France.

Mr. Harvey was in military hospitals for more than three years after he was wounded. He was discharged from Walter Reed Army Hospital in February 1948. His medals included a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He began his career with the USGS in 1948. A former resident of Vienna, he moved to Lexington in 1978.

He was an elder, a deacon and a member of the Welcoming Committee at Vienna Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Vienna Host Lions Club.

He was born in McComb, Miss.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Patricia L. Harvey of Lexington; five children, Michael W. Harvey of Blacksburg, Va., James S. Harvey of Woodbridge, Kathleen H. Gillette of Fairfax, Mary P. Harvey of Lexington and Martha A. Kleckner of Sterling; a brother; a sister; 10 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Frances O'Donnell Nevin

Office Manager

Frances O'Donnell Nevin, 83, a native Washingtonian who worked 20 years for the Washington Building Trades Council before retiring in 1982 as an office manager, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 15 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Mrs. Nevin, a Potomac resident, was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy and Immaculata Junior College, both in Washington. She began her career doing clerical and secretarial work for the National Association of Letter Carriers in Washington.

She was a member of the Office Workers Union and a former religious education instructor at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Rockville and St. John the Evangelist Church in Silver Spring. She also was a past president and secretary of the Mothers Club of St. John's College High School.

Her husband of 50 years, John J. Nevin, died in 1996.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph Nevin of Gaithersburg and Michael Nevin of Alexandria; a sister, Kathryn McMullin of Silver Spring; a brother, James M. O'Donnell of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Catherine Marie Beacom

NSA Systems Analyst

Catherine Marie Beacom, 85, who worked for the National Security Agency for more than 20 years before retiring in 1975 as a senior systems analyst, died Jan. 22 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. She had renal and congestive heart failure.

In retirement, Mrs. Beacom worked as an administrative assistant in the Falls Church offices of Virginia State Support Services. She also worked for the Fairfax County Social Services department, fielding questions about programs for seniors.

Mrs. Beacom, a Fairfax resident, was born in Meadville, Pa., and raised in Washington. She lived for a time in Falls Church, where she was a member of St. James Catholic Church. In 1978, she moved to Fairfax.

She was a member of St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Chantilly.

Her husband, Harry Charles Beacom, died in 1981.

Survivors include four daughters, Beverly Ann Beacom of Alexandria, Jean Marie McPherson of Falls Church, Carolyn Khaki Leach of Fairfax and Cathy Sue Raisadeh of Fairfax; two sons, John Edward Beacom of Annandale and Thomas Joseph Beacom of Chantilly; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.