The obituary of Frank "Buck" Harding, a former Air Force colonel and Catholic priest, which was published April 5, incorrectly gave the year he resigned his military commission. It was 1954. (Published 4/11/03)
Professor, Chemical Engineer
Roy Foresti, 77, a chemical engineer who served 17 years as chairman of the chemical engineering department at Catholic University, died March 16 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Silver Spring after a stroke.
Dr. Foresti, a resident of Silver Spring, was born in Baltimore. He served in the Army in the Philippines for two years, then graduated from Johns Hopkins University. He received a master's degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
His specialties and publications covered combustion and flame technology, kinetics, thermodynamics and heat transfer.
He was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Dayton Research Institute and an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Connecticut before coming to Washington in 1963 as chairman of the chemical engineering department at Catholic University, where he remained until his academic retirement in 1980.
Under his leadership, the department received accreditation from the American Institute of Chemical Engineering.
In 1974, Dr. Foresti was named an outstanding educator by the Outstanding Educators of America. He was a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
After retiring from Catholic University, Dr. Foresti was a chemical engineer for seven years at Vitro Laboratories. He also did consulting work.
He was a volunteer at the National Zoo.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Barbara Foresti of Silver Spring; two children, Lois Foresti Hardin of Maitland, Fla., and Carl Foresti of Rahway, N.J.; a sister; and six grandchildren.
Frank 'Buck' Harding
Former Priest and Colonel
Frank Burkley "Buck" Harding, 88, a retired Air Force colonel turned Catholic priest who was an associate pastor at Washington area churches before receiving a dispensation from Rome, died of sepsis March 21 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
After 16 years in the military, the World War II veteran resigned his commission in 1995 to enter the Beda College Roman Catholic Seminary in Rome.
He was ordained in 1958 for the Archdiocese of Washington, which assigned him to several churches, including Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bartholomew's, both in Bethesda, St. Ann's in Washington and St. Andrew's in Silver Spring.
He left the priesthood in 1973.
Col. Harding, a Bethesda resident, was a native of Omaha and 1936 graduate of Georgetown University. He took graduate courses in aeronautical engineering at California Institute of Technology.
He began his military career in 1939 with the Army Air Corps and commanded a heavy bomber squadron in the Pacific during World War II. He flew more than 45 missions during the war.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Meyer Harding of Bethesda; a daughter, Laura Harding of Bethesda; a brother; and a grandson.
Mary Dolores Calomeris
Mary Dolores Calomeris, 69, who served as resident manager of the London Terrace apartments in Silver Spring from the mid-1970s to 1990, died April 3 at Casey House Hospice. She had heart and liver ailments.
Mrs. Calomeris, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Baltimore and came to the Washington area in 1965.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, William B. Calomeris of Silver Spring; a son, Basil, of Olney; a daughter, Stella Roberts of Fairfax; and five grandchildren.