Lucille 'Lucy' Sollers


Lucille "Lucy" Sollers, 80, a volunteer active in the Girl Scouts and United Community Ministries, a charity, died June 2 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Sollers, who lived in Alexandria for the past 35 years, was born in Hastings, Okla., and raised in Stillwater, Okla.

She attended what is now Oklahoma State University before spending several years accompanying her husband, Willard Sollers, an Air Force officer who later retired as a major, on his military assignments in Germany, Libya and elsewhere.

After they settled in Alexandria, Mrs. Sollers joined a number of local civic and community-oriented organizations. She volunteered at Mount Vernon Hospital, served as a senior citizens coordinator for the Fairfax County Commission on Aging and helped with Meals on Wheels.

She was also a member of the Mount Vernon Country Club.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, of Alexandria, survivors include a daughter, Julia Smith of Houston; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Doris Rubenfeld Lewis

Art Teacher

Doris Rubenfeld Lewis, 83, who taught art at Washington area Jewish schools for 25 years, died of acute myeloid leukemia May 29 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She had lived in Bethesda since 1958.

After an early career as a draftsman and illustrator, Mrs. Lewis raised a family and had a second career teaching art. From 1965 to 1983, she taught at the religious school of the Washington Hebrew Congregation. From 1970 to 1990, she was an art teacher at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville.

Mrs. Lewis was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. In 1943, she joined an active-duty women's branch of the Coast Guard called the SPARS and was based in Washington. She held the position of carpenter's mate and was later an engineering draftsman, rising to the rank of chief petty officer. She also played the snare drum in the Coast Guard band.

After the war, she was a staff illustrator in the technical reports office of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Her work appeared in numerous books and technical journals.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary educational society, and was an officer of Altrusa International in Washington, a service club. She enjoyed painting, theater and photography and, in recent years, was a volunteer reader for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

Her husband of 37 years, Herbert Lewis, died in 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Martin Lewis of Bethesda and Kenneth Lewis of Glen Echo Heights, and three grandchildren.

Norman John Houck

Men's Clothing Retailer

Norman John Houck, 70, who sold men's clothing in Northern Virginia for more than 40 years, died of a heart ailment May 29 at a hospital in Charleston, S.C. He lived in Fairfax County and had a second home in Charleston.

Mr. Houck entered the clothing business after graduating from Fairfax High School in 1952. Over the years, he worked at a number of men's stores in Northern Virginia, including Buddy's Style Shop, the Quality Shop and Steven Windsor. For about nine years in the 1960s and early 1970s, Mr. Houck was the proprietor and co-owner of Normford's Style Shops in Vienna and Annandale. He retired in 1994 from Richman Brothers in Fairfax.He was born in Binghamton, N.Y., and grew up in Hollywood, Fla., and Alexandria before his family moved to Fairfax.

Mr. Houck was a sharp dresser who could gauge a man's clothing size the moment he walked through the door. He also had a strong interest in history and antiques.

His marriage to Shirley Barnhill Fickett ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Beulah Crouch Houck of Fairfax and Charleston; four children from his first marriage, Larry Houck of McLean, Vicki Lemley of Manassas, John Houck of Youngstown, Ohio, and Kathy Gordaliza of Fairfax; two stepchildren, Debbie Burd of Manassas and Steven Crouch of Newport, Maine; and eight grandchildren.

Earl Lindbergh Rothermel

Library of Congress Division Chief

Earl Lindbergh Rothermel, 76, a former Northern Virginia resident who worked 32 years for the Library of Congress before retiring in 1986 as chief of the federal research division, died May 29 at his home in Larkspur, Calif. He had esophageal cancer.

Mr. Rothermel began his career at the Library of Congress in 1954 as a Soviet Union research analyst.

He lived in Fairfax County and then Alexandria before moving to Larkspur in 1986.

Mr. Rothermel was a native of Forty Fort, Pa., and a graduate of Syracuse University. He received a master's degree in Eastern European and Russian studies from Johns Hopkins University and took doctoral courses in Russian studies at American University.

He served in the Army.

He was a member of Alpha Chi Rho social fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

His marriage to Sally L. Rothermel ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Susan Turner Rothermel of Larkspur; a son from his first marriage, Mark Rothermel of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Rita E. Lalle


Rita E. Lalle, 88, a business and math teacher, died of congestive heart failure June 3 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

Mrs. Lalle was born in Peabody, Mass., and graduated from St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg, Frederick County, in 1936. She married and moved to Arlington in 1946.

She taught business in Baltimore public schools during the 1940s and taught business and math at Notre Dame Academy in Washington during the 1960s. She retired in the late 1960s.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, the Army Navy Country Club and the Neighbors Club of Arlington and enjoyed needlework and playing the piano and violin.

Her husband of 49 years, Anthony W. Lalle Sr., died in 1995.

Survivors include her three children, A. Wayne Lalle Jr. of Arlington, Michelle L. Rush of McLean and Peter A. Lalle of Baltimore; a stepbrother; and seven grandchildren.