Eugene Francis Roesser

Lawyer and Life Insurance Agent

Eugene Francis Roesser, 82, a registered life insurance agent and mutual fund representative for J.D. Marsh and Associates in Washington from 1949 to 1972, died of a heart ailment March 14 at his home in Potomac.

At Marsh, Mr. Roesser did extensive work in estate planning and was recognized for his sales through his Million Dollar Round Table designation.

After leaving Marsh, he was a self-employed life insurance agent and practiced estate-planning law.

He was the husband of former Maryland state senator Jean Wolberg Roesser (R-Montgomery), now secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging.

He was a native of Baltimore and an Army veteran of World War II.

He was an economics graduate of what is now Loyola Marymount University in California and a 1956 graduate of Georgetown University's law school.

He was a former president of the D.C. Estate Planning Council, D.C. chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters, D.C. Life Underwriters Association and the Montgomery County Men's Republican Club.

Over the years, he lectured on the use and taxation of life insurance at Georgetown's law school and area organizations.

His memberships included Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, of Potomac; three children, Mary Roesser Calderon of New York and Eugene Roesser Jr. and Anne Marie Roesser, both of Gaithersburg; two brothers, retired Army Lt. Col. Joseph C. Roesser of Olney and John A. Roesser of San Diego; and two grandchildren.

Elizabeth Cook Toomey

Model and Dancer

Elizabeth Cook Toomey, 38, a former executive meeting manager for a cosmetics company who also was a model and beauty pageant contestant, was found dead March 13 in her condominium in Washington.

A spokesman for the D.C. medical examiner said that an autopsy had been performed but that a full report is pending the results of toxicology tests.

Ms. Toomey was born in Washington and raised in Bethesda. She graduated from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and attended the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority.

She won the Miss Teen Maryland pageant in 1982 and placed as a runner-up in its national competition in Miami. In 1984, she competed in the Miss USA pageant in Lakeland, Fla.

Ms. Toomey also was a model and an accomplished dancer who studied under Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet. She performed in many of the school's ballets, including its annual "Nutcracker" production. She also danced with the Stuttgart and Joffrey ballets.

In the early 1990s, she lived in Boston and worked for Marriott Corp. as an executive meeting manager. Returning to Washington in the late 1990s, she worked for cosmetics companies, including about two years as a sales representative for Clarins Corp.

As a volunteer, she helped coach a swimming program at Kenwood Golf & Country Club and helped staff American Red Cross tents for runners at road races.

Her marriage to her first husband, Dr. Joseph McGarvey, ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Murray Toomey, from whom she was separated; a son from her first marriage, Matthew Joseph McGarvey of Doylestown, Pa.; a son from her second marriage, Thomas Murray Toomey III of Gaithersburg; her mother, Janis North Cook of Bethesda; a sister, Chris Cook Baillie of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and a brother, Andrew N. Cook of Washington.

J. Steven Herod

Electrical Engineer

J. Steven Herod, 55, an electrical engineer who retired on disability in 1995 as director of electric power regulation of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, died of brain cancer March 8 at his home in Falls Church.

Before joining the commission in the late 1980s, he was director of the Energy Department's office of electricity policy for 12 years.

Mr. Herod was a native of Knoxville, Tenn. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and received a master of business administration degree from Harvard.

His marriage to Carol Herod Sharer ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Jordan Louise Herod of Grafton, Mass., Jocelyn Kelly Herod of Los Angeles and Katherine Elizabeth Herod of Boston; his mother, Louise Herod of Apopka, Fla.; two brothers; and two sisters.

John F. 'Jack' Murnane

CIA Operations Officer

John F. "Jack" Murnane, 77, who retired in 1979 as an operations officer at the CIA and later was a CIA consultant, died March 8 at Reston Hospital. He had pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Murnane, a resident of the Greensprings retirement center in Springfield, was born in Washington. He was a graduate of Gonzaga College High School and the Citadel. He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Murnane went to work for the CIA in 1951. He was posted to Japan, Korea, Saipan, Thailand and Vietnam. His honors included two intelligence medals.

In retirement, Mr. Murnane was an auxiliary police officer in Fairfax County. He also was a volunteer in the White House correspondence office.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Frances Register Murnane of Gainesville; five children, John J. Murnane of Effort, Pa., Marie Murnane Miller of Herndon, Margaret Murnane Jensen of Fort Belvoir, Ellen A. Murnane of Staunton and Patrick M. Murnane of Gainesville, Fla.; a brother; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

A son, James F. Murnane, died in 1990.

Anna Marie Danhakl

Navy Department Clerk and Statistician

Anna Marie Danhakl, 103, who did clerical and statistical work as a civilian for the Navy Department's bureau of medicine and surgery from 1919 to 1955, died March 18 at the Sacred Heart Home nursing facility in Hyattsville, where she lived. She had pneumonia.

Ms. Danhakl did sales work at the old Jelleff's department store and then at Hecht's from the mid-1950s to mid-1960s.

She was a native Washingtonian and attended Notre Dame Academy.

She was an active duty member of the Navy during World War I as a member of a group called the "Yeomanettes." She worked in Washington during the war.

She was a charter member of the American Legion, USS Jacob Jones Post No. 2 in Washington.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Arnold P. Schifferdecker

Foreign Service Officer

Arnold P. Schifferdecker, 67, a retired Foreign Service officer who also was a consultant to the State Department, died March 15 at George Washington University Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Schifferdecker served in the Foreign Service from 1964 to 1995, mainly as a political officer with assignments in Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Morocco.

He then worked seven years as a State Department consultant, which took him to Bulgaria, Albania and back to Afghanistan. He received a United Nations Peace Medal for his work in Afghanistan in the late 1990s for promoting a cease-fire between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance.

Mr. Schifferdecker, who came to Washington in the mid-1960s, was a native of Missouri and a graduate of the University of Missouri. He served in the Navy as a carrier-based navigator.

He spoke French, Turkish and Dari, a Persian dialect. He studied international economic and political affairs related to the near east at Princeton and George Washington universities.

He was chairman of the Foreign Service Journal's editorial board and a member of the American Foreign Service Association and the Foreign Policy Association.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Schifferdecker of Washington; two stepchildren, Matthew Fajardo of Makanda, Ill., and Susanna Fajardo of Casablanca, Morocco; two brothers; two sisters; and a granddaughter.

Robin J. Vickery

Glass Glazer

Robin J. Vickery, 57, a Reston resident and craftsman who made stained-glass windows, died March 13 at Virginia Hospital Center. He had rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.

Mr. Vickery operated a businesses in the 1980s, initially Tudor Glass, which he ran from a backyard workshop. He later owned Loudoun Glass in Leesburg.

He retired in 1992 for health reasons.

Mr. Vickery, a second-generation glazier, was a native of London. He came to the United States in 1977.

He was a past district commissioner of the Boy Scouts.

His marriage to Dawn Maloney-Bolds ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Silvia Vickery of Reston; three children from his first marriage, Ella LaRe, Alex Vickery and Allison Van Moppes, all of Herndon; a stepson, Henry Rojas of Quantico; his mother, Marie J. Vickery of Annandale; a brother; and six grandchildren.

Carol L. Bruce


Carol L. Bruce, 64, a pastel artist who created portraits and landscapes at her studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria since 1989, died of cancer March 13 at her home in Alexandria.

One of her portraits, "Smile," depicting a girl grinning in the shade of her wide brim hat, was published in the art book "The Best of Portraiture."

Her works hang on the walls of the National Institutes of Health and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Mrs. Bruce, a Washington area resident since 1982, began painting as a teenager in her native Medina, Ohio. She graduated with a degree in fine arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and worked as a label designer for Federated Foods outside Chicago.

At the Torpedo Factory, she was an active member of the Art League, serving as a mentor to high school artists.

She was a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Maryland Pastel Society.

Her marriage to Robert Kornegay ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 19 years, James Bruce of Alexandria; three children from her first marriage, Michael Kornegay of Marietta, Ga., Patricia Van Kirk of Vienna and Jeffrey Kornegay of New York; two stepsons, David Bruce of Hayesville, N.C., and Robert Bruce of Clarkston, Mich.; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren.

Warren C. White

Federal Administrative Law Judge

Warren C. White, 82, who retired in 1980 after 30 years as an administrative law judge with the Interstate Commerce Commission, died of congestive heart failure March 7 at Prince George's Hospital Center.

He also served as editor of the Interstate Commerce Commission magazine.

Dr. White, an Adelphi resident, was a native of New Castle, Pa., and a World War II Army Air Forces veteran.

He graduated from the University of Michigan and its law school. He received a master's degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in political science from the University of Maryland.

He was a former deacon, trustee and teacher at Brookland Baptist Church in Washington, Hillandale Baptist Church in Adelphi and Riverdale Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro.

He was past president of both a local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees and the Masonic Five Points Club in Washington. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Blanche White of Adelphi; three children, David C. White of Adelphi, Susan W. Goldsmith of New Market, Md., and Timothy W. White of Glen Burnie; a brother; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Sheila E. Sweet

Payroll Clerk and Foster Parent

Sheila E. Sweet, 54, a retired payroll clerk who had also been a foster parent for the D.C. foster care program for 20 years, died March 17 at her Forest Heights home. The cause of death is unknown pending autopsy results from the Maryland medical examiner.

Ms. Sweet retired on disability in 2000 after about 21 years with the Defense Intelligence Agency. She did payroll work for Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Washington from 1967 to the late 1970s.

She was a native of Glens Falls, N.Y., and attended Yuba City College in California. Her interests included breeding Siamese cats.

Survivors include four brothers and a sister.

Irvin Rubin

Public Accounting Firm Partner

Irvin Rubin, 85, who worked from 1940 to 1982 and was a partner at what became the Snyder Newrath & Co. public accounting business, died of a heart ailment March 14 at a nursing home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Mr. Rubin was born in Alexandria and grew up in Washington, where he was a graduate of the old Central High School and Benjamin Franklin University.

He was a bookkeeper for Standard Linen in the late 1930s.

He was a founding member of Norbeck Country Club in Rockville and a partner in the Triangle (Va.) Drive-In Theater.

He moved from Bethesda to Florida in the early 1990s.

His avocations included dancing and golf.

His wife of 51 years, Frances Flax Rubin, died in 1988.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Drapen Rubin, whom he married in 1990, of Palm Beach Gardens; three children from his first marriage, Paul Budd Rubin of Gaithersburg, Jeffrey Rubin of Rockville and Dona Lenkin of Washington; two sisters, Pearl Goldblatt of Silver Spring and Helen Littman of Naples, Fla.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.