Ernest E. Hoffmann

Gallaudet Employee

Ernest E. Hoffmann, 58, a Gallaudet University employee, died of lymphoma May 7 at Casey House hospice in Rockville. He was a Washington resident.

Mr. Hoffmann was born in Faith, S.D. He was a graduate of the South Dakota School for the Deaf and received a bachelor's degree in history in 1966 from Gallaudet University. In 1980, he received his master's degree in educational administration and supervision from California State University at Northridge.

After graduating from Gallaudet, he worked for the FBI for three years and then worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield from 1969 to 1978. In 1978, he moved to Colorado and became a vocational rehabilitation counselor for two years before moving back to Washington to work in Gallaudet's development office. During his six years there, Mr. Hoffmann instituted the highly successful TTY-a-Thon, a student fundraising campaign targeted toward alumni.

In 1986, Mr. Hoffmann transferred to the Peikoff Alumni House and worked as the facility coordinator and alumni records manager until his retirement in 2000. In recognition of his outstanding service to the Alumni House and the Gallaudet University Alumni Association, he received the President's Award from the alumni association in 1989.

Mr. Hoffmann was a local president and secretary of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf; president, secretary and treasurer of the Silent Athletic Club in Denver; president of the Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf; secretary and treasurer of the Metro Mixed Bowling League; adviser to the Alpha Sigma Pi fraternity at Gallaudet; and president of the International Alpha Sigma Pi Alumni Association. He also served as editor of the Dee Cee Eyes newsletter. He enjoyed bowling and was a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

His partner, William Revell, died in 2000.

Survivors include a brother and three sisters.

Harold Granville Hernly Jr.

Transportation Lawyer

Harold Granville Hernly Jr., 68, a retired transportation lawyer, died May 12 at his home in Alexandria. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Hernly specialized in trucking law and regulations. Until he retired in 1989, he worked his entire career for the former Wrape & Hernly law firm in Alexandria, which was founded by his father.

Mr. Hernly was born in Chicago. His family moved to Northern Virginia when he was a child. He graduated from McDonogh School in Owings Mill and received his undergraduate degree from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. He received his juris doctor degree from American University's Washington College of Law in 1961.

He was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Alexandria and was a fundraiser for the Rotary's Presidential Classrooms, which brings high school students to Washington to show them how the federal government operates.

As a member of Christ Church in Old Town Alexandria, Mr. Hernly was also a fundraiser during the restoration of the historic church. He was a member of the Motor Carrier Lawyers Association, American Bar Association and Bar Associations of the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Dorothy Kimball Hernly of Alexandria; four children, Harold Leland Hernly and Jay Griffith Hernly, both of Alexandria, John Frederick Hernly of Reston and Katherine Weeden Hull of Casselberry, Fla.; a brother, James Weeden Hernly of Alexandria; and four grandchildren.

John J. McCarthy

Chief Administrative Law Judge

John J. McCarthy, 83, a retired chief administrative law judge with the Merit Systems Protection Board, died of lung cancer May 13 at his home in Silver Spring.

Mr. McCarthy retired in 1985 after a 30-year career with the board and its predecessor, the Civil Service Commission. He then served until 1990 as a member of the State Department's Foreign Service Grievance Board.

In retirement, he divided his time among his family, volunteer work, playing tennis and tending to a small orchard of apple and peach trees at his home.

As a volunteer, he sponsored immigrant families through Catholic Charities, and he collected and delivered groceries to the Shepherd's Table food bank in Silver Spring.

He played tennis at least three times a week and competed in tournaments held by the U.S. Tennis Association Seniors and Super Seniors organizations.

Mr. McCarthy, a native of Boston, was a graduate of Boston College and its law school.

He served as a naval aviator during World War II and flew B-24 combat and convoy protection missions in Europe and the Pacific.

His military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Burtonsville.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marie E. McCarthy of Silver Spring; four children, John J. McCarthy Jr. of Gaithersburg, Thomas C. McCarthy of San Diego, Eleanor M. McCarthy of Rockville and Patricia A. Drisko of Bethesda; a sister; and a grandson.

Kathryn Ann Sanders

Administrative Assistant

Kathryn Ann Sanders, 54, an administrative assistant who had worked at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery since 1997, died of heart disease May 12 at her home in Annandale.

Ms. Sanders was a native of Odessa, Mo. She attended Central Missouri State University before moving to the Washington area in 1979.

In the 1980s, she worked in Alexandria as art director for Boat U.S., a nonprofit lobbying organization for recreational boaters, and she taught a pre-kindergarten class at the Montessori School of Northern Virginia in Annandale.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her marriage to Tim Sanders ended in divorce.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth A. Sanders and Alison P. Sanders, both of Annandale; a sister, Janet S. Brown of Beltsville; and her mother, Alice Ann Brown of Blue Springs, Mo.

Grant Vansice Harrison

Sales Manager

Grant Vansice Harrison, 96, a retired sales manager for Dun & Bradstreet, died of complications from kidney and liver disease May 10 at Goodwin House West in Falls Church.

He was born in Newark, N.J., and attended the University of Richmond. He served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II, assigned to posts in Virginia.

After the war, he resumed work with Dun & Bradstreet financial services company and worked in Richmond and Norfolk before moving to Alexandria in 1948. He retired in 1972.

Mr. Harrison was a member of the Virginia Society of Founders and Patriots and the George Washington chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was the Virginia registrar for that organization for several years. He was also a deacon at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria.

His wife of 55 years, Jean F. Harrison, died in 2000.

Survivors include a son, George Harrison of Charlottesville, and a grandson.

George Seman

Chief Petty Officer

George Seman, 76, a retired Navy chief petty officer who also worked as a dump-truck driver, died May 8 at Bethesda Medical Center after a heart attack. He lived in Upper Marlboro.

Mr. Seman, a native of Uniontown, Pa., served in the Navy for 24 years until 1966.

He started working as a dump-truck driver after moving to the Washington area in the mid-1960s.

For the past five years, he ran S.A.T. Trucking Inc.

He was a member of the Elks, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His marriages to Florence Seman and Sara Seman ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of three years, Sue Tayman of Upper Marlboro; a son from his first marriage, Andrew Seman of Inwood, W. Va.; a daughter from his first marriage, Betty Ann Seman of Harrisburg, Pa.; two children from his second marriage, George O. Seman of Waldorf and Michael Seman of Newburg; a brother; four sisters; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Margareta Brosch Bowen

Georgetown Professor

Margareta Brosch Bowen, 75, a Georgetown University professor, author and conference interpreter, died of brain cancer April 27 at her home in Arlington.

Dr. Bowen, who for 30 years was head of the Division of Interpretation and Translation at Georgetown's School of Languages and Linguistics, trained a generation of translators, interpreters and technical editors.

She also was the author of a widely used textbook on training students in consecutive interpretation and founded and edited the Jerome Quarterly, which covered interpretation and translation as a discipline of study and as a professional activity.

Born in Austria, Dr. Bowen studied at the Sorbonne on a scholarship sponsored by the French government in 1948, She received her doctoral degree from the University of Vienna in 1951. She also briefly came to Georgetown University in 1955 on a scholarship sponsored by the American Association of University Women, an organization she supported throughout her life.

Dr. Bowen had served as chief interpreter of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and frequently interpreted for major conferences of the U.N. Atomic Energy Agency and the European Community. She moved to the Washington area permanently in 1971.

Her work as a conference interpreter included assignments around the world and throughout the United States, including a stint as an escort interpreter for the State Department.

She was a member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters, from which she obtained certification for the Georgetown program, one of only two such certified programs in the United States. Dr. Bowen's program was awarded the Alexander Gode Medal, the most prestigious award of the American Translators Association, in 1981.

After retiring in 2001, Dr. Bowen revised the German-language version of the International Monetary Fund's annual report. She also pursued her interest in contract bridge, playing regularly with several groups in Arlington.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

John Robert Russell

Mailroom Foreman

John Robert Russell, 67, who worked at The Washington Post for about 40 years before he retired in 1998 as supervisor of the mailers' department, died May 13 at Montgomery General Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Silver Spring.

He started out as a mailer in 1946 and was promoted to foreman in the late 1970s. He spent most of his career at the Springfield plant.

In retirement, he volunteered with So Others Might Eat, distributing food to the homeless. He also removed illegal street signs as a volunteer with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.

Mr. Russell was a native Washingtonian who graduated from McKinley Technical High School. He served in the Army in 1961 and 1962, and he was a fifth-degree black belt in judo.

His marriage to Suzanne Russell ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Dorothy Russell of Silver Spring; two sons from his first marriage, John R. Russell Jr. of Cambridge, Md., and Nicholas T. Russell of Williamsport, Md.; a daughter from his second marriage, Tricia Russell-Koonin of Bristow; and three grandchildren.