Donald McCarten

Magazine Art Director

Donald McCarten, 73, retired art director of U.S. News & World Report magazine, died March 12 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack. He collapsed while jogging near his home in Falls Church.

Mr. McCarten studied art in his native New Zealand and in London, where he attended art school. He was a graphic artist in New York before moving to Washington to join the advertising department of U.S. News & World Report in 1958.

He became art director of advertising and promotion, then art director of the book division and, in 1977, art director of the magazine. He retired in 1988 and opened his freelance design company.

He exhibited his landscape paintings at Touchstone Gallery in Washington and volunteered with the Potomac Valley Track Club, composing its newsletter and organizing races.

An avid runner, he finished 42 marathons, including last year's New York City Marathon. He founded an annual race held at a retreat for the Falls Church Episcopal Church, of which he was a member.

His marriage to Kathryn Nixon ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce McCarten of Falls Church; two children from his first marriage, Kevan McCarten-Gibbs of Berkeley, Calif., and Fiona Nixon of Cape Town, South Africa; two children from his second marriage, Michelle McCarten of Cos Cob, Conn., and Melissa McCarten of New York; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Milton F. 'Mac' McMahon Sr.

Food Broker

Milton Francis "Mac" McMahon Sr., 84, who did sales work for area food distributors and retired in the early 1990s from Choptank distributors in Easton, died Feb. 27 at William Hill Manor nursing home in Easton. He had diabetes.

Mr. McMahon did sales work for Kraft Foods in the late 1940s. He then worked for Carpel food distributors and was its general manager when it closed in the mid-1960s.

He and a partner formed Penn Sales food brokerage, which Kluge, Finkelstein food brokerage company bought in the 1970s. He then did sales work for Kluge, Finkelstein until 1986.

In the late 1980s, he worked with his second wife at their antiques shop, the Quaker Bonnet in Preston, Md. He then joined Choptank.

He was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Eastern High School. He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

His memberships included the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks in Washington, and through that organization he helped bring to the city one of its first international horse shows.

He lived at the nursing home and had a residence in Easton.

His first wife, Zula Smith "Judy" McMahon, died in 1968.

Survivors include his second wife, Henryetta Steiff McMahon, whom he married in 1969, of Easton; two children from his first marriage, Milton F. McMahon Jr. of Annapolis and Pamela A. Willis of Upper Marlboro; a stepson, Jack Steiff of Preston; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Neil E. Churchill

GMAC Vice President

Neil Edward Churchill, 62, a vice president of the GMAC commercial mortgage company who was a former Fannie Mae consultant and Department of Housing and Urban Development official, died of gastrointestinal cancer March 12 at his home in Elkins Park, Pa.

Mr. Churchill, a former Arlington resident who was born in South Carolina, lived in the Washington area from 1970 to 1996. He was a 1963 business graduate of Duke University, where he was a linebacker on Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl football teams. He also was a member of the university track and field squad and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.

He worked for the Wallace & Dunlop mortgage banking concern from 1970 to 1972 and then was a vice president for development with Housing America Inc. until 1975. For the next four years, he worked for HUD, where he was a division director of the state housing finance agency. With the National Corporation for Housing Partnership, where he worked from 1979 to 1984, he was director for development.

He was a partner in the Lockwood Group from 1984 to 1986 and then a vice president for mortgage banking and development with the Benton Co. until 1990. After working for the AMI Co., he was a consultant to Fannie Mae until 1993. He was a senior vice president with the National Capital Corp. until he joined GMAC in 1996.

His marriage to the former Marcia Knott ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Grass, whom he married in August 2002 and who lives in Elkins Park; four children from his first marriage, Rebecca Churchill Gomez of Jersey City, Stephen Churchill of Richmond, Mark Churchill of Washington and Timothy Churchill of Arlington; and a grandchild.