Carlyn M. Powley

Christian Scientist Practitioner

Carlyn M. Powley, 81, a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist of Springfield and a longtime Christian Science practitioner, died of arteriosclerosis June 7 at her home in Woodbridge.

She was born in Baltimore and graduated from Patterson Park High School. She lived in Woodbridge for 25 years.

For at least 20 years, she was a member of the Showstoppers, a singing and dancing troop known for its benefit performances at senior centers and other functions in and around the Washington area.

Her husband, Robert Powley, died in 2003.

Survivors include three children, Herbert William Powley of Unicoi, Tenn., Kenneth Powley of Mountaintop, Pa., and Barbara Powley of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Karin Schumacher

IMF Office Manager

Karin Gertrud Schumacher, 69, who did supervisory administrative work with the International Monetary Fund and retired as an office manager, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma June 14 at the National Institutes of Health, where she was being treated.

Ms. Schumacher, a Berlin native, studied French and English in France and England, respectively. She settled in the Washington area in 1962 as office manager for a German television station.

She joined the IMF in 1964. Two years later, she began working for the IMF Institute, a program for training foreign government officials in economics, finance, taxation and fiscal affairs.

She retired in 1994, having spent her final two years at the IMF in Vienna, Austria, helping open an institute branch there.

She did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Hollin Hills Civic Association in Alexandria, where she lived. She was a former alto with the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

Her avocations included skiing, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and swimming.

Survivors include her husband, Donald W. Angel, whom she married in 1993, of Alexandria; a stepmother, Irmgard Schumacher of Germany; and a brother.

Robert A. Edgar

Navy Commander

Robert A. Edgar, 52, a Navy commander assigned to the Installations and Logistics Department at Marine Corps headquarters in Arlington, died of lung cancer May 30 at his home in Rockville, where he lived since 2000.

Cmdr. Edgar was born in Nampa, Idaho, and raised in Phoenix. He graduated from Columbia College in Missouri and received a master's degree in health care administration from the University of Arkansas. He also was a graduate of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

He entered the Navy as a hospital corpsman in 1975 and received an officer's commission in 1986. His assignments took him to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington and the Naval Medical Logistics Command at Fort Detrick.

He also was commanding officer of a medical logistics company in Okinawa, Japan, and a supply officer at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the construction of the Camp X-Ray detention facility.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Vicki Edgar of Rockville; his parents, Walter and Charlotte Edgar of Sitka, Alaska; three brothers; and a sister.

Sterling H. 'Sam' Wood

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel

Sterling H. "Sam" Wood, 74, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who flew 145 combat missions as an F-105 Thunderchief pilot in the Vietnam War, died of a heart ailment May 26 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

Col. Wood flew more than 100 of those missions over North Vietnam during two tours of duty. He was credited with destroying a surface-to-air missile and helped rescue a downed airman, despite intense groundfire and a low fuel supply.

His military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and 17 awards of the Air Medal.

He served mainly as a fighter pilot during a 28-year career in the military. He retired in 1976 while assigned to the Air Force foreign military sales department at the Pentagon.

Col. Wood, who lived in Alexandria for 32 years, was a native of San Jose. He was a 1970 graduate of the University of Nebraska and received a master's degree in business administration from Eastern New Mexico University in 1973.

He was a golfer and member of the Army Navy Country Club. He also shot rounds of golf on prestigious courses in Scotland and Ireland.

His marriage to Judi Borge ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Judith Ann Wood of Alexandria; two children, Sterling "Chip" Wood II of Little Silver, N.J., and Stacy Polich of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Paul Peter Sowa


Paul Peter Sowa, 81, a Bladensburg dentist from the late 1940s to 1988 who also taught dental classes at Georgetown University, died June 16 at a hospital in Fort Myers, Fla., after a heart attack.

Dr. Sowa moved to Englewood, Fla., from Silver Spring in 1989.

He was born in Baltimore, where he was a graduate of Loyola College. He was a 1948 graduate of Georgetown University dental school.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

His memberships included Psi Omega dental fraternity. He was a charter member of the Greater Washington Dental Research Group and a former member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

A daughter, Stephanie Sowa, died in infancy in 1948.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ruth Pucci Sowa of Englewood; four children, Joanne Herron of Somerdale, N.J., Paul Sowa of Port Charlotte, Fla., Carol Everngam of Denton, Md., and Thomas Sowa of Alexandria; and five grandchildren.

Marie Baylies Calnan

Community Association President

Marie Baylies Calnan, 84, a former president of the Fairchester Woods Civic Association in Fairfax and a member of Fairfax civic groups, died June 18 at her home in Fairfax City. She had ovarian cancer.

Mrs. Calnan was a member of the Fairfax City community appearance committee, a body involved in beautification, and the city's board of architectural review. She was a Girl Scout troop leader and was involved in parent-teacher organizations in Fairfax.

She was a member of the Anglican Catholic Church of the Ascension in Centreville.

The daughter of an Army officer, Mrs. Calnan was a native Washingtonian and grew up at military bases nationwide. She was a 1942 physical education graduate of Kansas State University.

She served in the Army from 1943 to 1948 doing physical therapy work and attained the rank of captain. She served in Europe during World War II.

She married an Army officer in 1948 and accompanied him on his military assignments before settling in the Washington area in 1963.

Survivors include her husband, retired Army Col. William M. Calnan of Fairfax; five children, retired Army Lt. Col. Michael Calnan of Vicksburg, Miss., Margaret "Peggy" Jantz of Catonsville, Md., Barbara Calnan of Roanoke, Kathleen Calnan of Arlington and Denise Chamberlin of Richmond; two sisters, Virginia Moran of Bridgton, Maine, and Barbara Jessup of Arlington; and three grandchildren.