Patricia O'Callaghan Abell


Patricia O'Callaghan Abell, 88, a Washington area resident since 1940 who did volunteer work for church groups, died April 11 at the Washington hospice. She had pulmonary ailments.

Mrs. Abell, who had lived in Chevy Chase since 1946, was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. A French literature graduate of Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., she also attended the Sorbonne.

She did volunteer work for St. Gertrude's Guild and the Christ Child Society and was a volunteer worker at the Christ Child Opportunity Shop in Georgetown.

Mrs. Abell, a member of the Order of Malta, was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda. She was a member of the Columbia and Chevy Chase country clubs. Her hobbies included antique collecting and golf and her interests included ballet and opera.

Her husband of 63 years, William S. Abell, died in 2001.

Survivors include five sons, Anthony F., of Bethesda, Kevin O'C., of Baltimore, Gregory T., of Austin, and Christopher S. and W. Shepherdson Abell, both of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Marguerite Elaine Nurmi of Washington and Patricia E. Abell of Chevy Chase; 18 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

William MacBain

U-Md. Language Professor

William MacBain, 72, a University of Maryland professor emeritus of French, died April 9 at Washington Hospital Center after surgery for a heart ailment. He lived in Washington.

Dr. MacBain came to Washington and joined the Maryland faculty in 1967 and chaired the French and Italian department from 1968 to 1975. In the mid-1990s, he was director of the Maryland-Nice French program before retiring in 2001.

In 1978, he helped establish the Foreign Language Association's critical languages program. He also was president of the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs.

Dr. MacBain was a graduate of the University of St. Andrews in his native Scotland, where he also received a doctorate in French and German. He taught in Australia and New Zealand before coming to this country in the mid-1960s and joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Over the years, his scholarly research involved such areas as medieval texts on the lives of saints and the 17th-century French dramatist Jean Racine.

His marriage to Alexandra MacBain ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Alex, of Sacramento, and Josh, of Minneapolis; three brothers; and two sisters.