Phyllis H. Kulovitz

Church Member

Phyllis H. Kulovitz, 82, a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Rockville, died of congestive heart failure May 17 at Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg.

Mrs. Kulovitz was born and raised in Chicago. When her husband was in the Army during World War II, she traveled with him to military postings throughout the United States.

The family moved to Potomac in 1972, where she lived for 30 years.

Her husband of more than 50 years, Leo G. Kulovitz, died in 1997.

Survivors include a daughter, Trudi M. Albrecht of Gaithersburg; two sisters; a brother; and four grandchildren.

James Oswalt

Verizon Engineer

James Oswalt, 50, an engineer with Verizon for 25 years, died of liver failure April 24 at a friend's home in Vienna. He was an Alexandria resident.

He worked in the outside plant engineering group at Verizon.

Mr. Oswalt was born in Morehead City, N.C. He received an associate's degree from Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria.

He lived in the Washington area for 35 years. He was member of the Communications Workers of America, Moose Lodge 1896 and American Legion Post 180. He also was a member of the Eagles Club in New Market, Va.

Mr. Oswalt enjoyed fishing, the beach and woodworking. He was known by friends for his potato salad.

His marriage to Carlye Harris Oswalt ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Michele "Micki" Oswalt of Alexandria; a son, Jimmy Oswalt of Alexandria; his mother, Elizabeth Oswalt of Ashburn; two brothers, Chip Oswalt of Ashburn and David Oswalt of Melbourne, Fla.; and a sister, Susan Oswalt Parris of Rolla, Mo.

Patrick J. Smid Jr.

Better Business Bureau VP

Patrick J. Smid Jr., 51, who was vice president of membership development at the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington, died of colon cancer May 16 at his home in Falls Church.

He was responsible for fundraising, marketing, working with national companies and developing the council's membership. He produced a newsletter that was sent to businesses across the nation.

Mr. Smid was born in Phoenix and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1975. He lived in Colorado for 15 years prior to moving to Falls Church in 2000.

He spent 29 years as a marketing and public relations executive. He served six years as president and chief executive of the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau, where he was considered a national expert on ethical e-commerce. He also appeared weekly as a television consumer reporter and convened the nation's first Summit on Ethical Electronic Commerce.

Mr. Smid also worked for six years as vice president of marketing for PACE Membership Warehouse in Denver. His work brought him to the Washington area, where in 1985 he helped open PACE warehouses in Landover, Laurel and Baltimore.

A man of many interests, Mr. Smid published fiction in magazines in Oregon and California. He also wrote business articles and a book titled "Healthy Families, Healthy Businesses"(1992) for the Colorado Children's Campaign in partnership with PACE. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hiking. He was a poet, songwriter, self-taught musician, painter, champion marksman, martial arts black belt and U.S. history buff. He also was a master of Reiki, an ancient healing art.

He was a member of the Celebration Center of Religious Science in Falls Church.

In January, Mr. Smid was quoted in a Washington Post Magazine article about new cancer therapies. He was part of an expanded-access program for the drug Erbitux, made by ImClone Systems. "I know it doesn't work for everyone," Smid said as he started his treatment in 2003 at Georgetown University's Lombardi Cancer Center. "But the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk."

Survivors include his wife, Victoria Doran of Falls Church; two stepchildren, Brian Fitzner and Leanne Fitzner of Falls Church; his father and stepmother, Patrick Sr. and Katie Smid of Denver; three sisters; and four brothers.