Solomon Goldberg Jacobson


Solomon Goldberg Jacobson, 64, a consultant in the fields of job training and caring for the elderly, died of cancer March 21 at George Washington University Hospital.

Dr. Jacobson, a Washington resident, settled in the Washington area in 1977 and did consulting work for the Labor Department's Office of Older Worker Programs.

He also was a consultant to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he specialized in "reverse mortgages," loans that can help older homeowners afford to live in their homes longer.

He was former vice president of Morgan Management and at his death was a consultant for Humanim, a not-for-profit business for which he obtained grants from the state of Maryland for social service programs to help people with developmental disabilities.

He also helped start an outpatient mental health center and a school-based mental health and addiction pilot project. He began an "aging in place" initiative, which helps people live in a non-health-care setting as they need more extensive physical and mental services.

Dr. Jacobson was a New York native and a graduate of Hunter College. He received a master's degree in public administration from the University of Michigan, where he also received a doctorate in natural resources.

His earliest jobs included work for the Detroit Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, teaching at the University of Michigan Public Health School's gerontology department, working on social service programs for the government of the Canadian province of Manitoba, and working on health care services for American Indian tribes in New Mexico and Washington state.

He contributed to Liz Lerman's book, "Teaching Dance to Senior Adults," and self-published "Safe Jokes," which he felt would help people in public speaking.

His memberships included the Fabrangen Jewish Community in Washington and Lerman's Dancing Dybbuks group.

His marriage to Barbara Sturgel Jacobson ended in divorce.

His second wife, Lisa Newell, whom he married in 1990, died in 2000. Their son, Abraham Benjamin Jacobson, died in 2001.

Survivors include a stepson, Jeffrey Jacobson of Philadelphia; two sisters; and one brother.

Paul R. Chagnon

Traffic Management Specialist, Youth Coach

Paul R. Chagnon, 76, a retired traffic management specialist for the Army Department who was active in Fairfax County youth sport organizations for more than 30 years, died of a heart ailment April 2 at a hospital in Orlando.

Until three years ago, when he moved from Springfield to Clermont, Fla., Mr. Chagnon coached Springfield Little League, Youth Club and Babe Ruth Baseball teams. He also served as a timekeeper and scorekeeper for Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield and Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax.

Mr. Chagnon, a native of New York, attended Hunter College and served four years in the Army. He went to work as a civilian for the Army, rising to deputy director of inland traffic management. He retired in the mid-1980s.

He was a past member of Springfield United Methodist Church and the Springfield Golf and Country Club.

His wife of 35 years, Pauline B. Chagnon, died in 1986.

Survivors include his wife, Anita A. Chagnon of Clermont, Fla.; five children from his first marriage, Victoria C. Tupman of Fairfax, James R. Chagnon of Richmond, Calif., David P. Chagnon of Los Angeles, Elizabeth C. Williams of Pueblo West, Colo., and Valerie C. Cuilik of Gainesville; three stepchildren, Robert Amlong of New York and Carol Ishii and Paul Amlong, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

John Franklin Holterman

30-Year Army Veteran

John Franklin Holterman, 81, who served in the Army for 30 years before he retired in 1976 as a chief warrant officer, died April 3 at his home in Silver Spring. He had cancer.

Mr. Holterman, who had lived in the Washington area for 25 years, was a New York native.

He served with the Army in Vietnam, Burma and Turkey and at U.S. embassies in West Germany, Italy and Sweden. His last assignment was with the National Security Agency, where he supervised cryptologic courses for military personnel.

His first wife, Muriel "Billie" Holterman, died in 1966.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Jeannemarie, of Silver Spring; and a brother.

Willa Zane Brown Montgomery

Club Member

Willa Zane Brown Montgomery, 79, whose memberships included the Army Transportation Corps wives club, United Methodist Women and Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, died March 16 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria. She had pancreatic cancer.

Mrs. Montgomery, an Alexandria resident, also was a member of the women's and garden clubs in the Villa May neighborhood.

She was a native of Lexa, Ark., and a 1943 graduate of what is now Arkansas Tech University.

She did secretarial work for the FBI in Washington from 1943 to 1951. She then accompanied her husband on military and other assignments until settling in the Washington area in 1976.

In her youth, she was a pilot and hunter.

Her husband, retired Army Brig. Gen. Austin James Montgomery, whom she married in 1951, died in 1990.

Survivors include a daughter, Sy Montgomery of Hancock, N.H..

Richard Rohland Goodwin

Civilian Army Engineer

Richard Rohland Goodwin, 82, a civilian engineer with the Army Materiel Command from 1969 until retiring in 1985, died of multiple myeloma April 2 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He lived in Annandale.

Mr. Goodwin, who held five patents, supervised the development of Army tanks, heavy trucks and other vehicles during his years with the command.

He also had served on the board of the Fairfax County Access Channel and had taught adult education courses in Northern Virginia schools. He was a member of the Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Mr. Goodwin, an Illinois native, was a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Oklahoma. During World War II, he served with the 42nd Infantry "Rainbow" Division in Europe and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

Before coming to Washington and joining the Materiel Command, he was an engineer in Detroit, working for auto companies and with the Army.

His marriage to Margaret Goodwin ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Juanita Goodwin of Annandale; two adopted children, Leslie Goodwin of Alexandria and David Goodwin of Louisa, Va.; a stepson, Gerald Carter of Keswick, Va.; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Marie Gerardi


Marie Gerardi, 97, a fourth-grade teacher from the late 1950s to mid-1960s at Chevy Chase Elementary School, where she often used a classroom piano as a teaching tool, died March 28 at Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Gerardi, who had pneumonia and congestive heart failure, was a Washington native and Bethesda resident. A graduate of Eastern High School and Wilson Normal School, she also took education courses at George Washington University.

She taught briefly in the District of Columbia schools in the 1930s.

She had been a member of Holy Comforter Catholic Church in Washington and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda. She also had belonged to LAMRON, an organization of her Wilson classmates.

In retirement, Mrs. Gerardi researched her family history.

Her husband, Stephen Patrick Gerardi, whom she married in 1930, died in 1997. Survivors include three daughters, Marie G. Bolton of Grantsville, Md., Margaret G. Casey of Gaithersburg and Anne G. Corrigan of Norfolk; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.