James A. 'J.D.' Daniel

OPM Branch Chief

James A. "J.D." Daniel, 54, who oversaw the automated retirement system that processes billions of dollars in annuities for federal retirees, died March 29 at Reston Hospital Center after a heart attack. He lived in Herndon.

Since 1982, Mr. Daniel was branch chief in the benefits group of the Office of Personnel Management. He joined what became OPM in 1970 as a computer tape operator and became an operations supervisor and programmer.

He was a recipient of the 1997 OPM Director's Award and the 2000 President's Y2K Council Conversion Award.

Mr. Daniel was a native of Brookneal, Va., where he had played on a Babe Ruth League baseball team that won a state title in 1963.

He received an associate's degree from Northern Virginia Community College, where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor fraternity. He also attended the Computer Learning Center in Falls Church.

He served in the Vietnam War as an Army combat platoon sergeant and received a Bronze Star and Air Medal. He also had served in the Army Reserve.

As a volunteer in the 1980s and 1990s, he managed boys' and girls' baseball teams in Vienna. He also played on Fairfax County and Vienna men's softball teams.

He was a member of Vienna Baptist Church, playing on its softball team and serving on the committee its children's center.

Survivors include his wife, Anne R. Daniel of Herndon; a daughter, Jennifer D. Carter of Fairfax; a son, Kevin J. Daniel of Herndon; two sisters; and a grandson.

Belle A. Spiegel

Haddasah Official

Belle A. Spiegel, 94, a member of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington who had served as president of the Modin chapter of Haddasah in Montgomery County, died of cancer April 19 at her home in Rockville.

Mrs. Spiegel, who was born in Malden, Mass., grew up in Washington and graduated from Central High School. From the mid-1920s to mid-1940s, she was a credit manager with Capitol Fur Shop in Washington.

A ballroom dancer in her youth, she returned to it in 1976 and went on to win competition trophies here and abroad. She was affiliated with the Du-shor Dance Studio in Bethesda and competed until two years ago.

Her husband, Ben M. Spiegel, whom she married in 1931, died in 1972.

Survivors include two children, Marlene Spiegel Kovacs of Olney and Marc Stephen Spiegel of Washington; and four grandchildren.

Les E. Underwood


Les E. Underwood, 54, an electrician who for the past three months worked for Hawkins, an electrical contractor in Beltsville, died of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease April 15 at Doctors Community Hospital.

Before joining Hawkins, Mr. Underwood worked about two years for Colorado Electric Co. in Brentwood. Earlier, he worked about 30 years as an electrical contractor.

Mr. Underwood, a New Carrollton resident, was a native Washingtonian and 1968 graduate of Northwestern High School.

His marriage to Mary Lee Underwood ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion, Connie Stringfellow of New Carrollton; three sisters; and three brothers.

Richard J. Riddick

Institute Official

Richard J. Riddick, 83, a Fairfax City resident who was a retired executive secretary and assistant to the president of the Freight Handlers Institute in Washington, died April 16 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He had diabetes.

Mr. Riddick, who was born in Richmond, had lived in Northern Virginia since the 1930s. He attended Southeastern University. During World War II, he served in the Office of Naval Intelligence. He also served aboard a destroyer in the Pacific during the Java Sea campaign.

After the war, he joined Southern Railway, where he became a secretary to a vice president. He worked for the Freight Forwarders Institute from 1959 to 1975.

He was a founding member of the American Society of Traffic and Transportation, a Washington chapter vice president of the National Defense Transportation Association and an editor of the ICC Practitioners Journal. He also had been a member of the National Press Club.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Muriel C., and a son, James L., both of Fairfax City; a brother, William M., of Alexandria; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Herman Hegyi

CIA Officer

Herman Hegyi, 88, an Arlington resident who retired from the CIA in 1973 doing covert work for its directorate of operations, died April 16 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Hegyi did Army intelligence work in North Africa and Europe during World War II. After joining the CIA in 1947, he had assignments in Europe and the Far East.

In retirement, he played harmonica with the Valley Harpers in Fauquier County and a group at the Lee Senior Center in Arlington.

He also did volunteer work for Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

Mr. Hegyi, a native of Hungary, grew up in New York. He was a 1938 graduate of Cornell University.

His marriage to Marian McCord Hegyi ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, Hugh Hegyi of Chandler, Ariz., Bruce Hegyi of Arlington, Karen Hegyi of Barrow, Alaska, and Rex Hegyi of Lakewood, Colo; and eight grandchildren.