Velma Powell


Velma Powell, 54, who practiced psychiatry in suburban Maryland from 1979 to 1991, died of cancer March 8 at Holy Cross Hospital. She lived in Wheaton.

Dr. Powell opened her offices in Greenbelt and later opened a second office in Olney. She practiced in both locations before moving to Florida, where she lived from 1991 until returning to this area in 1998.

She was born in Arouca, Trinidad, and came to the United States in 1967. She was a 1972 graduate of Howard University and a 1976 graduate of the Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York in Brooklyn. Before opening her practice, she worked for the National Institute of Mental Health.

Her hobbies included travel.

Her marriage to Dennis Powell ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Jason F.D. Powell of Wheaton, Elizabeth M.S. Powell of Los Angeles and Lindy Ann Scott of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three sisters, Clerene Latmore of Trinidad, and Grace Smith and Lorna Smith, both of New York; a half brother, Orville Woolford of England; two brothers, George Latmore of Washington and Irwin "Wayne" Latmore of Trinidad; and three grandchildren.

Mary E. Buchanan


Mary E. Buchanan, 96, who had done volunteer work for women's, church and charitable groups, died Feb. 24 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.

She had lived in the Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield.

Mrs. Buchanan, a Wisconsin native, came to the Washington area in 1944 and lived in Arlington and then Alexandria before moving to Springfield four years ago.

She did volunteer work for St. Clements Episcopal Church in Alexandria, working in the church's gift shop and for Meals on Wheels. She also was a member of and did volunteer work for the Fairlington Women's Club, the Arlington Women's Club and the Brookville Valley Women's Club in Alexandria. Other memberships included PTA groups and the Naval Research Laboratory Wives Club.

Her husband of 58 years, Orrin R. Buchanan, died in 1988. A daughter, Jean B. Nolan, died in September.

Survivors include three daughters, Marcia Higgs of Maryville, Tenn., Nancy Walter of Warrenton and Patricia Gechei of Locust Grove, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.