The May 23 obituary of Josephine Bailey Douglas gave an incorrect last name in one reference. (Published 5/27/04)
Henry Michael Jr.
Air Force Colonel
Henry Michael Jr., 77, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and investigator for the Agriculture Department, died of cancer May 20 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was a resident of Bowie.
He was born in Fall River, Mass., and enlisted in the Navy during World War II in the submarine service. After the war, he transferred to the Air Force and served in the Auditor General Corps, with overseas posts in Vietnam, the Philippines and Guam. He retired after 28 years of service in 1970.
Col. Michael then became an investigator for the Agriculture Department and worked until the mid-1980s.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Military Orders of the World Wars. He volunteered at Bolling Air Force Base. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bowie.
A son, Craig Michael, died in 1988.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Inez Michael of Bowie; three children, Debra Irby of Greensboro, Md., Bruce Michael of Charlotte Hall and Donna Reedy of Crofton; and 10 grandchildren.
Wallace Robert Fanning Jr.
Television News Director
Wallace Robert Fanning Jr., 82, a retired WRC-TV news director who won an Emmy for a documentary about St. Elizabeths Hospital, died May 19 at the Millennium Nursing Home in Edgewater. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Fanning was a producer of the television documentary "There but for the Grace of God," which was aired in the 1960s. About the same time, he hosted a political news show called "Georgetown Forum of the Air."
He worked at WRC-TV for 30 years until 1984.
Mr. Fanning, a resident of Harwood in Anne Arundel County, was a native Washingtonian who graduated from McKinley Technical High School in 1940. He attended the University of Maryland before entering the Army during World War II.
He was a charter member and inaugural president of the South River Ruritan Club; a member of the church council of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in West River; and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Hibernian Society.
His first wife, Rachel Jones Fanning, died in 1977 after 35 years of marriage.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Jane Poole Fanning, and a son from his first marriage, Michael Anthony Fanning, both of Harwood.
Josephine Bailey Douglas
Josephine Bailey Douglas, 87, a retired federal government employee who held offices in her church and in the local chapter of the American War Mothers, died of congestive heart failure May 17 at the Washington Center for Aging Services. She was a Washington resident.
The Opelika, Ala., native graduated from Washington's Dunbar High School. She married and became a homemaker.
During World War II, she began working for the Army Department as a clerk in the personnel division of the office of the surgeon general. In 1955, she joined the office of the Secretary of the Navy as a coding clerk in the medical statistics division. She retired in 1973, after 31 years of government service.
After retirement, she became a member of the National Capital Chapter 5 of the American War Mothers. Her son, Maurice, served with the Army in Vietnam. Over the years, she held several positions with the chapter, including corresponding secretary, head of the Gold & Silver Star Mothers and chaplain. In 1992, she was awarded the chapter's highest honor, the Torch Pin.
Mrs. Johnson was a member of Lane CME Church in Washington, which she joined in 1931. She served over the years as an usher, treasurer and stewardess; she was a vice president and was awarded emeritus status in 1993. She also enjoyed spending time with the Community Golden Challengers, a senior citizens group.
Her husband, Joseph Leon Douglas, whom she married in 1932, died in 1989.
Survivors include six sons, Joseph L. Douglas Jr. of Silver Spring, William H. Douglas and Charles E. Douglas, both of Washington, Robert L. Douglas of Ellicott City, Maurice C. Douglas of Forestville, and Melvin E. Douglas of Lorton; three siblings, Louis Bailey, Elsie Hunt and Delois Simpson, all of Washington; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Paul Thomas Bohnslav
IRS Budget Director
Paul Thomas Bohnslav, 71, who was budget director of the Internal Revenue Service for 14 years, died of complications from surgery May 13 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
He worked as budget officer at the IRS from 1980 until he retired in 1994. His duties included compiling the agency's yearly budget.
Mr. Bohnslav was born in Barberton, Ohio, and grew up in Kettering, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was a registered professional industrial engineer.
From 1956 to 1958, Mr. Bohnslav was assigned to the Public Health Service at the Taft Center in Cincinnati. He worked on air pollution studies and control. After he completed that work, he joined the Atomic Energy Commission and participated in Operation Plowshare, which attempted to put nuclear explosions to peaceful purposes.
From 1959 to 1967, he was division industrial engineer for Kroger Co., working in Atlanta. Afterward, he worked for a couple of software companies, including Management Science America. He was marketing director and opened three offices for the company, including one in Washington.
Mr. Bohnslav moved to the Treasury Department in the early 1970s. He was the associate director of the Office of Industrial Economics.
He was a member of the Herndon Lodge 264 and Cincinnati Masonic Lodge 589. He belonged to the Valley of Columbus Scottish Rite.
Mr. Bohnslav served on the boards of the Leukemia Society and the Epilepsy Foundation. He helped with the founding of the United Christian Parish in Reston and the Reston Commuter Bus. He was a member of Vale United Methodist Church in Oakton and a resident of Reston for 36 years.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Maurine Reeley Bohnslav of Reston; two children, Timothy Bohnslav of Morrisville, N.C., and Beth Tribble of Oakton; a brother, Edward Bohnslav of Leesburg; and two grandchildren.