Harvard W. Powell
Air Force General
Harvard W. Powell, 88, an Air Force pilot who retired as a brigadier general and later became a civilian Defense Department executive, died of respiratory failure March 3 at home in Arlington.
Gen. Powell was born in Duluth, Minn. He attended Duluth Junior College, then in 1940 began his military career.
During World War II he flew antisubmarine missions in the Caribbean and along the East Coast, then in 1944 was assigned in China to the air unit headed by Gen. Claire Chenault. He was a squadron commander of B-24 aircraft, and in 14 months flew 47 combat missions.
While serving in the Air Force, he graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he also received a law degree.
In 1963, he retired from the Air Force as vice commander of its space systems division in Los Angeles. His medals included the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
In retirement, he was assistant to the president of North American Aviation, and in that capacity helped manage the Apollo space missions for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
He moved to the Washington area in 1971 and worked until 1977 as director for small business and economic policy utilization for the Department of Defense.
Later, he did business consulting for aerospace industry companies and government agencies until the late 1980s.
His wife, Audrey Barker Powell, died in 1998.
Survivors include two children, Mark Powell of Arlington and Anne Flynn of Salt Lake City; and two grandchildren.
Jean Harden Mueller
Church and Club Member
Jean Harden Mueller, 86, who was a member of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda and the Potomac Craftsmen, an association of fiber artists and craft makers, died Feb. 21 at her home in Washington. She had cancer.
Mrs. Mueller was a native Washingtonian and graduate of the old Central High School. She attended George Washington University.
She taught weaving in the 1960s at the Americanization School in Washington.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene F. Mueller Jr., whom she married in 1939, of Washington; three daughters, Janice M. Cole of Aberdeen, Md., Helen "Chuckie" McHenry of Albuquerque and Laura Sailer of Washington; a sister, Jessie Bakeman of Takoma Park; and four grandchildren.
Donald G. Sullivan
U.N. Official and Realtor
Donald G. Sullivan, 90, a retired United Nations official who sold real estate in Northern Virginia for 20 years, died Feb. 27 at his Alexandria home. He had cancer.
Mr. Sullivan was a native of Toledo and a graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland. He began his career in Washington in the 1930s as an aide to Rep. Warren Duffey (D-Ohio), and later worked for the Agriculture Department.
He was an executive officer for the U.N. Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in the mid-1940s and then was assigned to Palestine as chief administrative officer with the U.N. Mediator Commission.
He held the same post with the U.N. Commission on Korea during the Korean War and with the U.N. Suez Canal clearance operation in Ismailia, Egypt, following the 1956 Sinai War.
From 1958 to 1963, he was director of conference services and general services for the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. He returned to the Middle East as chief executive for the U.N. Emergency Force in Gaza and retired in 1967.
Mr. Sullivan sold commercial and residential real estate for Panorama Realty and Commercial International Real Estate, and retired again when he was 80. His interests included golf and bridge.
His wife, Mary Sheppard Sullivan, died in 1992.
Survivors include his companion, Maureen Heiser of Alexandria; three children, Donald Sullivan Jr. of Marietta, Ga., Rita Voris of Hillsboro, Ore., and Patricia Smedley of Morrison, Colo.; two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
June Elizabeth Amos
June Elizabeth Amos, 74, who did administrative work for about a decade at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and retired in the late 1980s, died of cardiac arrest Feb. 22 at Georgetown University Medical Center.
Ms. Amos, a Washington resident, was born in Bedford, Pa. She moved to the Washington area in the mid-1940s, and her earliest jobs included administrative work for the Bureau of the Budget and the Kennedy Foundation.
Her memberships included the Order of the Eastern Star and St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Washington. She was a former volunteer with the Gray Ladies of the American Red Cross.
She leaves no immediate survivors.
Sandra Lynn Blessley-Morrison
Sandra Lynn Blessley-Morrison, 48, a Senate tour guide at the U.S. Capitol for 25 years, died March 2 at Inova Alexandria Hospital of complications related to diabetes and a stroke.
Mrs. Blessley-Morrison retired as a Capitol tour guide in 1997.
She was born in Dayton, Ohio, and moved to the Washington area as a child. She graduated from Arlington's Wakefield High School and attended Virginia Polytechnic University.
She was a resident of Reston and an enthusiastic horsewoman and barn secretary at the Great Falls Horse Center, where she greeted students who came to learn to ride and arranged their riding schedules.
In 1995, she married Peter A. Morrison, an enthusiastic horseman, at the Great Falls Horse Center. Both were on horseback during the ceremony.
Mrs. Blessley-Morrison also wrote children's books and was an amateur artist.
In addition to her husband, of Reston, survivors include her parents, Florence Wynn of Annandale and retired Air Force Col. R.C.W. "Bill" Blessley of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; and a sister, Cynthia Deisher of Reston.
Richard H. Benson
Richard H. Benson, 73, a senior scientist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History who was a leading authority on microscopic organisms with two shells, died Feb. 19 at his home in Fort Washington after a heart attack.
Dr. Benson wrote more than 100 publications and lectured on the evolutionary relationship of carapaces based on his research in Asia, Europe, North Africa and South America.
He had worked for the museum since 1964 and served as chairman of the museum's department of paleobiology from 1997 to 2001. As chairman, he helped revitalize the dinosaur exhibit and research program. He also worked to establish a position of curator of dinosaurs.
Dr. Benson was a Marine Corps veteran and graduate of Marshall University in his native Huntington, W.Va. He received a master's degree and a doctorate, both in geology, from the University of Illinois. He also received a master's and doctorate in paleontology from Leicester University in Great Britain.
Before joining the Smithsonian, he was a professor of geology at the University of Kansas.
He also did work for the U.S. Geological Survey.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Elsie Benson of Fort Washington; a half sister and a half brother; and a stepbrother.
Norman Finkler, 82, retired director of the Montgomery County library system, died of cancer Feb. 27 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Kensington.
As the library system's director from 1969 to 1980, Mr. Finkler oversaw funding and construction of branch libraries in Damascus, Potomac, Long Branch and Poolesville.
Automation of the library system began under his direction as well as an expansion of services for the physically disabled.
He was an Army veteran of World War II who attended Temple University, Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as a librarian in his native Philadelphia before coming to this area in 1962 to begin his career with Montgomery County libraries.
After his retirement, he was active in library support groups, including Friends of the Maryland Library.
His interests included gardening, traveling, attending concerts and visiting museums.
His wife of 48 years, Etta Finkler, died in 1994.
Survivors include two children, Laura Finkler of Oakland, Calif., and Paula Szocik of Quincy, Mass.; and a granddaughter.
Jane Tyner Trosten
Jane Tyner Trosten, 70, who was a key volunteer at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Washington, died of leukemia March 2 at a hospital in Savannah, Ga.
She lived in Bethesda from 1962 to 1992.
Mrs. Trosten was born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Georgia. She attended Georgia State University.
She worked as a church secretary in North Carolina before moving to the Washington area.
At St. Dunstan's, she was the church registrar, president of the Women of St. Dunstan's and a member of the church's St. Margaret's Guild.
Her first husband, Arthur F.M. Harris, whom she married in 1957, died in 1977.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard M. Trosten of Savannah, whom she married in 1979; two children from her first marriage, Hope Harris Pampillonia and Arthur Harris Jr., both of Bethesda; two stepchildren, Amanda Trosten-Bloom of Golden, Colo., and Jessica Forrest of Media, Pa.; a brother; and five grandchildren.
Virgil C. 'Pat' Jones Jr.
Teacher and Priest
The Rev. Virgil C. "Pat" Jones Jr., 62, a priest and former drama teacher at Fairfax County's Lake Braddock Secondary School, died March 1 at home in Hollywood, Calif., after a heart attack.
Mr. Jones was born in Washington. He attended Fairfax High School and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.
He taught for 20 years in the Fairfax school system, mostly at Lake Braddock, where his dramatic productions and stage sets won awards.
On retiring in 1989, he moved to California, where he coordinated the reopening of the Pasadena Playhouse that year. He was ordained a priest in the Roman Anglican Church and served at the Church of St. Mary of the Angels in Hollywood. He founded a children's theatre in Hollywood.
His marriage to Linda Jones ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, Virgil C. "Trey" Jones of Arlington and Peyton Jones of Wales in Great Britain; a sister, Judy Robinson of Centreville; and two grandsons.
Wanda Laruth Carr
Wanda Laruth Carr, 63, a former administrative assistant with the Research Institute for Small & Emerging Businesses in Washington, died of cancer Feb. 28 at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Baltimore.
Mrs. Carr was born in Tennessee and moved to the Washington area as a child. She graduated from Northwestern High School in Prince George's County.
For about 15 years in the 1970s and 1980s, she was employed by the research institute. Later, she worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and, in 1999 and 2000, was an assistant to the mayor of Colmar Manor.
She was a former resident of Riverdale, and she had lived in Elkridge since March 2002.
Her husband of 25 years, James Thomas Carr, died in 1984.
Survivors include five children, Ronald W. Carr and Deborah Bryan, both of Brentwood, Kevin Carr of Annapolis, and James T. Carr Jr. and Annette Carr, both of Elkridge; and eight grandchildren.
Warren Jay Keller
Warren Jay Keller, 83, a restaurant critic for the Journal newspapers and Northern Virginia People magazine in the 1970s who then spent a decade doing freelance music reviews, often about jazz, died Feb. 27 at the Iliff Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunn Loring after a stroke.
Mr. Keller, a former Fairfax resident, lived at Iliff about two years.
He was known as "Commander Whitehead" because of his full white beard and mustache and a black eye patch he wore to cover a damaged retina from childhood diabetes.
He was a native of St. Louis and a music graduate of the University of Missouri. After college, he played violin with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
During World War II, he served in the Army in the Mediterranean theater.
He later moved to New York and wrote freelance news and opinion pieces. He settled in the Washington area in the early 1970s.
His marriage to Dorothy Donnan Vance Keller ended in divorce.
Survivors include a son, Jay Keller of Washington, Pa.; and two stepdaughters.