Isabel Berreira Lowery

Teacher, Translator

Isabel Berreira Lowery, 79, a retired Spanish instructor at the Foreign Service Institute and at American University, died June 1 in an auto accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where she was attending a wedding. She was an Arlington resident.

A native of Bolivia, Mrs. Lowery taught for many years in the schools there before becoming a labor leader and traveling with AFL-CIO leader George Meany. She was among those who fought successfully in the 1960s for the Bolivian government to give a large tract of land in La Paz to teachers, who built a neighborhood of homes exclusively for teachers.

Born in Beni, Bolivia, she graduated from the University of Sucre, where she learned to be a mathematics teacher. She acted and was a member of the National Symphonic Chorus in her free time; she worked as regional director and a teacher in the Bolivian school system from 1940 until 1965. During the last 10 years of that period, she began teaching Spanish at the American Embassy in La Paz.

In 1965, Mrs. Lowery immigrated to the United States and began teaching at the Foreign Service Institute, the State Department's primary training institution for officers and support personnel of the U.S. foreign affairs community. She earned a master's degree in cross-cultural studies at American University in 1978 as she continued teaching. She later taught Spanish literature courses at AU.

She retired from government service in 1987 and formed a translation company, Polyglot Consulting Group. She also helped found the American Translator's Association in Alexandria.

Her first and second husbands, Ernesto Reyes and Modesto Sanchez, died.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Lowery of Arlington; a son from her first marriage, Roberto Reyes of La Paz; a daughter from her second marriage, Martha Sanchez-Lowery of Arlington; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mary Teresa Kane McKeough

Congressional Staff Member

Mary Teresa Kane McKeough, 87, who worked on the staff of three Republican members of the House of Representatives for more than 20 years until her retirement in the early 1980s, died of respiratory failure June 13 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

She specialized in helping constituents resolve problems with federal agencies while working successively for former representatives Thomas M. Pelly (Wash.), Jack H. McDonald (Mich.) and Elmer G. "Bud" Shuster (Pa.).

Mrs. McKeough, a Fairfax resident, was a native of Portland, Maine. Primarily a homemaker as a young woman, she also worked at a shipyard during World War II and at a Portland post office during the Christmas season.

She moved to the Washington area in 1958.

Her interests included reading historical novels and mysteries, crossword puzzles, crocheting and gardening.

Her husband, Edward James McKeough, died in 1951; they were married for 16 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary T. McKeough of Fairfax and Helen M. McKeough, a Carmelite nun in Burke; three sisters, Anne Balzano of Portland, Maine, Catherine Husakow of Pinole, Calif., and Helen Bridget Burkart of Bethesda; and two brothers, Thomas Kane of San Diego and Michael Kane of South Portland, Maine.