Margaret A. Kelleher


Margaret A. "Peggy" Kelleher, 60, a retired economist with the Department of Commerce, died April 27 of breast cancer at her sister's home in Alexandria.

She was a native of Dedham, Mass. She received a bachelor's degree in government and economics in 1965 from Regis College in Weston, Mass., and a master's degree in international relations in 1967 from the University of Virginia. Ms. Kelleher moved to Washington in 1970.

Her career in foreign trade promotion and development with the federal government spanned 30 years, beginning with a position in the Far East division of the International Trade Administration. She lived in Taiwan for several years. She later worked on trade promotion in Latin America during the 1980s, and returned to work in the East Asia and the Pacific arena in 1990.

Before her retirement in 2003, Ms. Kelleher was assigned to the East Asia division of the U.S. Commercial Service and concentrated on Japan and Korea.

Ms. Kelleher was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington. She loved to travel and research genealogy, and she collected American craft jewelry and textiles.

Survivors include her sister, Jean Kelleher Niebauer of Alexandria, and her brother, William J. Kelleher of North Reading, Mass.

Mary W. Youdell


Mary W. Youdell, 86, a retired nurse, died of emphysema May 24 at her home in Arlington.

Born in Elyria, Ohio, Mrs. Youdell grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, and was a 1940 graduate of St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland. She moved to the Washington area in 1942 and worked as a registered nurse and instructor at Georgetown University Hospital and as an occupational health nurse for the Hecht Co. until her 1963 retirement.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Joseph A. Youdell of Arlington; three children, Marianne Duffy of Wheeling, W.Va., Joan Kisska of Falls Church and Joseph N. Youdell of Franklin, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

George H. Davis


George H. Davis, 82, a U.S. Geological Survey hydrogeologist, died of cancer May 24 at the Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg.

Mr. Davis worked for the USGS from 1948 to 1981, focusing on the geological aspect of water occurrence. He received the USGS Award for Distinguished Service for his career's work in the field of hydrogeology in 1990. He also received the Geological Society of America's Meinzer Award in 1972 and the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Interior.

In retirement, Mr. Davis became a consultant to URS Greiner, formerly Woodward Clyde Consultants, in 1985, and worked there until his death.

He was born in Detroit and received is bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1942, and his master's degree from UCLA in 1947, both in the field of geology. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II.

He was a resident of Asbury Methodist Retirement Community and a member of Wheaton Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union and the International Association of Hydrologists.

His first wife, Millie Davis, died in 1961. His second wife, Elizabeth Davis, died in 1993. A stepdaughter, Diana Mahida-Blum, died in 2002.

Survivors include a son from his second marriage, George R. Davis of Scranton, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Davis of McGraw, N.Y.; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

Pierre LeFevre

Marine Colonel, High School Vice Principal

Pierre LeFevre, 69, a retired Marine colonel and former Bishop Ireton High School vice principal, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease May 22 at Chesapeake General Hospital in Chesapeake, Va. He lived in Annandale until six months ago.

Col. LeFevre was born and raised in Muskegon, Mich. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve, receiving his commission soon after graduating from John Carroll University in Ohio in 1957.

He served as the detachment commanding officer aboard the aircraft carrier Kearsarge during the Vietnam War; as commanding officer of the Marine Barracks in Rota, Spain; as operations officer at Marine headquarters; and as deputy chief of staff-command inspector for Marine Corps Development and Education Command at Quantico.

Interspersed with those commands were several tours of duty during the Vietnam War, including combat operations. Col. LeFevre was awarded the Legion of Merit.

While serving in Spain, Col. LeFevre received his master's degree in education from the University of Southern California. He retired from the military in 1987.

Col. LeFevre began a second career at Alexandria's Bishop Ireton High School as dean and later as vice principal. A room there is named in honor of him and two other faculty members.

His wife of 41 years, Anne Kearns LeFevre, died in 2000.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Ramsey LeFevre of Chesapeake; three children, David LeFevre of Chesapeake, Mark LeFevre of Dover, Del., Nancy LeFevre Dowgiello of Centreville; a brother; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.