Janice Darlene Rice

Executive Assistant

Janice Darlene Rice, 63, retired executive assistant at Bell Atlantic, died of cancer May 25 at her home in Ocean City.

Mrs. Rice was born in Utica, N.Y., and began working as a telephone operator after her high school graduation. She moved to the Washington area and continued to work for the telephone company through its divestiture as executive assistant to the president and chief executive officer of Bell Atlantic. She retired in 1991.

In 1997, she and her husband moved from Glenn Dale to Ocean City. She was appointed to the city's Beautification Committee, was a member of the Dune Patrol and a member of the New Year's Day Open House committee. She also volunteered at the local library, was a member of the Winterfest of Lights Gala and co-chairwoman of the Worcester County Arts Atlantica Children's Art Contest.

Her marriage to Donald J. Smith ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Ronald Rice of Ocean City; children Jennifer Van de Bussche of Stafford and Tracy Welsh of Chevy Chase; a brother; and four grandchildren.

Gloria Houser


Gloria Irene Tiedemann Houser, 81, a Beverly Hills Garden Club member and a volunteer, died May 31 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Born in Yountville, Calif., she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in sociology. She worked as a social worker in California until she married and moved to the Washington area in 1949.

She was a member of the Alexandria Beautification Commission and the Beverly Hills Garden Club, as well as a volunteer at the National Arboretum and the Hemlock Society. She won blue ribbons for floral arranging and served on the judges council and landscape design critics council for the garden club.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, William Houser of Alexandria; two children, Heidi Wohl of Alexandria and William Houser of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two brothers; and four grandchildren.

James Patrick O'Laughlin


James Patrick O'Laughlin, 83, a longtime Washington lawyer and former Marine Corps officer, died May 22 of lung cancer at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. He lived in Chevy Chase.

A third-generation Washingtonian, Mr. O'Laughlin graduated from Gonzaga College High School. After receiving a degree from the University of Notre Dame, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. As a Marine captain, he was a company commander with the 1st Marine Division in the South Pacific. He fought in the Ryukyu Islands and was wounded in battle on Okinawa on May 5, 1945, the day after his 24th birthday. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, among other citations.

Mr. O'Laughlin returned to Washington after the war and, while stationed at Quantico Marine Base, attended Georgetown University law school at night, receiving his degree in 1952. He left the Marine Corps with the rank of major in 1954.

He practiced law in Washington for 50 years, working largely as a sole practitioner. He specialized in civil law and continued his practice until his death.

He was a longtime member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in the District, the American Legion and several fraternal organizations.

His first wife, Anne Handley O'Laughlin, died in 1968 after 21 years of marriage. A stepdaughter, Karen Crissman, died in 1982.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Ethel Alivani O'Laughlin of Chevy Chase; three children from his first marriage, Maureen Irani of Bethesda, Joan Gallagher of Potomac and John O'Laughlin of Cabin John; a stepdaughter, Gail Kelly of Groton, Conn.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bernadine Marie Baker

Agricultural Economist

Bernadine Marie Baker, 53, an economist with the Department of Agriculture, died May 25 at her home in the District. She had cancer.

Ms. Baker had worked with the Department of Agriculture since 1976, spending the past seven years as chief of the economic analysis and program planning branch of the Agricultural Marketing Service's fruit and vegetable programs. In that role, she managed a staff of seven economists who analyzed the fruit, vegetable and nut markets.

Before taking her most recent position, Ms. Baker was an economist with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service for 21 years.

She was born and raised in Detroit and graduated in 1971 from Albion College in Michigan. She received a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1977.

Her marriage to Al Isaacs ended in divorce.

Survivors include her brother, Lowell Baker of Detroit; and her sister, Alice Baker of Washington.

Catherine M. Genoe

Civil Service Commission Clerk

Catherine M. Genoe, 94, a clerical worker with the Civil Service Commission and a lifelong resident of Foggy Bottom, died of arteriosclerotic vascular disease May 25 at Manor Care Fair Oaks in Fairfax.

Miss Genoe was a native Washingtonian, born at her family's home at 22nd and G streets. When she was 6 months old, the family moved to a rowhouse a block over, where she lived until age 90, when she moved into an assisted-care center in Arlington.

Miss Genoe was a graduate of St. Patrick's Academy and the Grant School, now known as the School Without Walls. She worked for more than 30 years for the Civil Service Commission's Bureau of Retirement, Insurance and Occupational Health, retiring in 1970.

She was a member of the Ladies of Charity at St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville for more than 60 years.

Miss Genoe did not marry but raised two girls as her granddaughters, who survive her.

Wayne Ross Witter


Wayne Ross Witter, 89, a veterinarian who ran the Alexandria Animal Hospital, died May 30 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He was an Alexandria resident.

He was born in Brookfield, N.Y., and graduated from Kansas State University in 1938. He practiced veterinary medicine for 40 years until he retired in 1980.

He was former president of the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Virginia Rice Witter of Alexandria; three children, Thomas Wayne Witter of Orlando, Fla., Wendell Ross Witter of Oakton and Julia Ann Cross of Springfield; a brother; and five grandchildren.