Edward Grover Kelso

Research Physicist

Edward Grover Kelso, 76, a research physicist with the Army Department's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Fort Belvoir for 25 years, died of cancer June 4 at Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield.

He performed cutting-edge research and development for the U.S. military in the areas of semiconductor and infrared devices, materials analysis, second-generation night vision equipment, laser and X-ray technology and thermal imaging systems.

As a research physicist and mathematician, he worked with world-renowned physicists Peter H. Handel and A. Van der Ziel, consulting with them on the quantum 1/f effect, the nature of 1/f phase noise in quartz resonators, oscillators and photo detectors.

Over a 30-year career, in addition to the night vision laboratories, he worked at the Navy Surface Weapons Center in White Oak and several private engineering companies. He was known as a leading contributor in research and development for the U.S. military.

Mr. Kelso was born in Darby, Pa. He attended Penn State University before being called to military service. He joined the Navy and studied electronics at the Navy's advanced electronics material school in Washington. He had postings in Philadelphia, Norfolk and Great Lakes, Ill., and served aboard the USS Adirondack. He was honorably discharged as an E-5 electronics technician mate 2nd class in 1948.

Mr. Kelson graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a minor in physics from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1952. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Eta Kappa Nu Association in recognition of his scholarship in electrical engineering.

After graduation, he traveled throughout South America panning for gold and later worked as a radar operator in Sparrevohn, Alaska, at a U.S. military early-warning radar installation close to the Soviet Union. He monitored enemy radar and communications traffic during the Cold War.

In 1965, he received a master's degree in physics from the University of Maryland, and he later taught quantum theory at American University while pursuing doctoral work in physics at the University of Maryland.

He lived in Silver Spring and later in Alexandria, where he and his wife raised 10 children.

After retiring in 1993, he created and managed Web-based information systems for his religious and social causes. An ardent Notre Dame University football fan, he drove to South Bend, Ind., almost every fall weekend to watch the Irish play.

His daughter, Brenda Stefanelli, died in 1999.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ruth Kelso of Springfield; nine children, Regina Bennett of Williamsville, N.Y., Gerry Kelso of Harpers Ferry W.Va., Vincent Kelso and Anne Kelso, both of Alexandria, Greg Kelso and Laura Schwertz, both of Richmond, John Kelso of Scotts Valley, Calif., Eileen Sadik of West Chester, Pa., and Michael Kelso of Chantilly; and eight grandchildren.

Shirley Fearn Shaneyfelt


Shirley Fearn Shaneyfelt, 88, a longtime Alexandria artist, died of complications from a stroke June 4 at the Fountains at Washington House, a nursing home in Alexandria.

In her 64 years in the Washington area, Mrs. Shaneyfelt exhibited widely and worked in a variety of artistic media, from large abstract oil paintings to delicate brush paintings and watercolors to sculpture. Her work can be found in many corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Mrs. Shaneyfelt, a native of Hastings, Neb., studied art at Hastings College, the Corcoran College of Art in Washington and Northern Virginia Community College. She also was a student for many years of Henry Wo Yue-Kee, a master of the delicate art of Sumi-e, or ink painting.

She exhibited her work at many local galleries and museums, including those at Georgetown University and the University of Virginia. She was a four-time winner of the Art League of Virginia's first prize and received numerous other awards.

Mrs. Shaneyfelt was a member of the Washington Women's Art Center, the Art League of Virginia and Belle Haven Women's Club in Alexandria. For 25 years, she taught painting at her home in Alexandria. She also was active in the National League of American Pen Women, a literary organization for which she served as treasurer from 1978 to 1980.

Her son, Terry Shaneyfelt, died in December.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Lyndal Shaneyfelt of Alexandria; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Ione King James

Elementary School Teacher

Ione King James, 66, an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years in Washington, Virginia and Maryland, died May 20 at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C., of complications after liver transplant surgery.

Mrs. James began her teaching career in Danville, Va., in 1960 and transferred the next year to Kimball Elementary School in Washington. She became a peer teacher to assist other teachers. Next, she was appointed assistant principal for adult education at the Marie Reed Educational Center in Northwest Washington. After that program ended, she became the assistant principal at Bruce Monroe Elementary School until she retired from the District public school system in 1998.

She then decided to resume teaching and became a second-grade teacher at District Heights Elementary School in Prince George's County. She retired for the second time in June 2003.

Mrs. James was born in Chester, S.C. She received her degree in elementary education from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and her master's degree in education from the University of the District of Columbia. She also received a degree in mortuary science from the University of the District of Columbia and was a licensed funeral director.

Mrs. James was a member of Northeastern Presbyterian Church in Washington, where she served on the trustee board for many years. She continued her membership in Northeastern but attended Prince Georges Community Church with her husband after it was established. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Washington Teachers' Union, the National Education Association, the Johnson C. Smith University Alumni, the Finley High School Alumni and the Ardenians Social Club.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Louis James of Washington, and five sisters, Angie Corley of Washington, Ellen Ferguson of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Robie King and Patricia King, both of Charlotte, and Ruby Rucker of Lancaster, S.C.

Stephen I. Munger IV

CIA Officer

Stephen I. Munger IV, 78, who had a career of more than 40 years in the Central Intelligence Agency as an operations officer and administrator, died of liver disease June 7 at the Casey House.

Mr. Munger was born in Los Angeles and lived in Santa Monica until he attended the Arizona Desert School, where he learned to play polo, and the Choate Preparatory School in Wallingford, Conn. He graduated, after an interruption for World War II, from Yale University.

In 1944, he joined the American Field Service, driving an ambulance in Italy, as had his father during World War I. Mr. Munger served with British and Scottish regiments as they drove from Anzio up to Florence. He believed he was one of the first Americans to enter Florence after its liberation from the German army in 1944.

In 1948, Mr. Munger moved to Dallas, where his family then lived, and was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. He joined the CIA in 1950 and was stationed in Europe during the 1950s. He also served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1972.

In January 1985, he received the Intelligence Commendation Medal "for especially commendable service or for an act or an achievement significantly above normal duties which results in an important contribution to the mission of the Agency."

He was a Bethesda resident for 44 years, and a member of the Kenwood Country Club, where he served as chairman of the Senior Golf Association and as representative to the Maryland Interstate Senior Golf Association from 1997 to 2002. His love of golf took him to courses across the United States, Europe and Morocco.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Margery Kahl of Wallingford, Conn.; three daughters, Virginia Munger Kahn of Huntington, N.Y., Diana Munger Hechler of Larchmont, N.Y., and Janet Munger Davis of Clifton Park, N.Y.; a brother; and four grandchildren.