Olin R. Houston
Olin R. Houston, 82, the former deputy chief of the National Weather Service's basic forecast branch, died of respiratory failure July 1 at Washington Hospital Center. He was a resident of Arlington.
Mr. Houston was born in Devol, Okla., and raised in Texas. He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the battleship Massachusetts. After the war, he graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in meteorology and went to work for the National Weather Service. He retired in 1974 after 32 years with the Weather Service.
He was awarded the silver medal from the Commerce Department for his work.
Mr. Houston had an insatiable quest for learning, his family said. His interests included environmental issues, conservation, personal rights, freedom of religion, and natural phenomena. Among his hobbies were tennis, amateur radio, ballroom dancing, photography, working with computers, wine tasting, languages and world travel.
His first wife, Therese House, died in 1980.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Hazel Houston of Arlington; a brother; and three step-children, Lisa Zuchelli of Springfield, Anness McCardle of Manassas and Caecilie Ford of Colorado Springs.
Jeanne Hanson Goodhue
Jeanne Hanson Goodhue, 86, a community volunteer, died of pneumonia June 28 at her home in Bethesda. She lived in the Washington area for 42 years, most recently in Bethesda.
She was born in Oak Park, Ill., and graduated from the University of Rochester, where she studied piano at the Eastman School of Music.
After her marriage in 1944, she and her family lived in Lancaster, Pa., in Atlanta, near Savannah, Ga., and in Bethesda. Mrs. Goodhue was a Boy Scout leader, a Girl Scout leader and a children's choir director at White Bluff Presbyterian Church.
She volunteered for many years with Meals on Wheels and the American Red Cross and was a member of the PEO Foundation, a women's welfare organization, for most of her adult life.
Mrs. Goodhue earned a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling at George Washington University in 1969 and volunteered interviewing elderly people applying for Montgomery County housing.
After her children were grown, she and her husband moved to Great Falls, where she chaired a committee of the Great Falls Historical Society writing "How to Cure a Thousand Pounds of Ham and Other Receipts (1987), a compilation of historical recipes. Also, for many years, she helped an elderly woman with such tasks as paying bills and shopping.
Her husband of 44 years, Lowell Hoit Goodhue, died in 1988. A daughter, Nancy Goodhue Lynch, died in 2000.
Survivors include three children, Alan Goodhue of Fairfax, Dale Goodhue of Athens, Ga., and Joan Goodhue of Takoma Park; and five grandchildren.
Philip Lehman Sandler
Philip Lehman Sandler, 70, an electronics engineer who helped develop anti-radar technology used in 1991's Operation Desert Storm, died of cancer June 16 at his home in Potomac, where he had lived for 34 years.
Mr. Sandler spent most of his civil service career with the Air Force Department, where he was an authority in the field of electronic warfare design and development. He also chaired an interdepartmental committee to coordinate efforts in electronic warfare development and served as an Air Force representative on data exchange programs with other countries.
After more than 20 years with the Air Force Department, Mr. Sandler joined the National Security Agency in 1984 as an electronic warfare adviser, specializing in electronic intelligence systems.
Since 1987, he had worked as NSA's representative to the Office of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Among his responsibilities was helping to identify potential countermeasures to SDI technology.
Mr. Sandler, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., received a degree in electronic engineering from Columbia University. He served in the Air Force Reserve and pursued studies in laser and other technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and George Washington University.
Early in his career, he worked at the Rome Air Development Center at Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y., and the Air Force Research and Technology Division in Washington.
He was editor of "Countermeasures Handbook for Aircraft Survivability" and a recipient of a Silver Medal from the Association of Old Crows.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Colleen Sandler of Potomac; three children, Robyn Cohen of Potomac, Samantha Sandler of Gaithersburg and Gregory Sandler of New York; and three grandchildren.
John G. Housley
John G. Housley, 77, former senior coastal engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, died of colon cancer July 1 at his home in Vienna.
He was a native of Allentown, Pa., and a graduate of Lehigh University. He received a master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956. He served in the Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II.
His 43-year career with the Corps of Engineers started with the Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Miss. He then worked with the U.S. Lake Survey in Detroit and finished his career at Corps' Civil Works Directorate in Washington. He received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his review and analysis of coastal-sensitive policy issues and for guiding research addressing coastal processes and coastal engineering. He retired in 1994.
Mr. Housley wrote more than 50 technical reports and papers, including the widely read series "Low Cost Shore Protection." After retirement, he worked for several years as a consulting coastal engineer. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was active in the society's committees; he was a past director of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. His avocation was the Boy Scouts of America, and he was a Wood Badge three-beader and a Vigil Member of Order of the Arrow.
His wife of 23 years, Constance A. Caefer Housley, died in 1974.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Wilma L. Meyer Jancso Housley of Vienna; five children from his first marriage, Stephen Housley of Reston, Russell Housley of Herndon, Donald Housley of Portland, Ore., Lorraine Davenport of Roy, Wash., and Susan Mellick of Sterling; two children from his second marriage, Karoly Housley and Heidi Housley, both of Vienna; and 12 grandchildren.
Professor of English
Kathryn Messick Rheuark, 85, a retired associate professor of English at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, died July 1 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She had complications from pancreatic cancer surgery in mid-June.
At NOVA from 1968 to 1987, Mrs. Rheuark taught developmental English, courses meant for non-English speakers and other students who had not passed exams for basic English classes.
She also taught English as a second language and was a former secretary of the faculty association.
She was a native of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and a 1938 English graduate of what is now Lander University in South Carolina. She received a master's degree in journalism from Louisiana State University in 1940.
She accompanied her husband on his military assignments before settling in the Washington area in 1956. She lived in Falls Church.
Early in her career, she taught English at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield.
She did volunteer work for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, Beech Tree Elementary School in Falls Church and Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale. She was a founding member of the Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center, an advocacy group.
She received several volunteer honors, including a Fairfax County Park Authority special recognition for her volunteer work.
She was a member of Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church in Falls Church.
Her husband of 42 years, retired Army Lt. Col. George D. Rheuark, died in 1985.
Survivors include two daughters, Suzanne Holland of Falls Church and Ida delCampo of Fairfax; a sister; and a grandson.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Kirkpatrick
Golf Tournament Volunteer
Elizabeth Jones "Betty" Kirkpatrick, 75, who served the past 25 years as transportation chairwoman of what is now the Booz Allen Classic golf tournament in Potomac, died July 2 at her home on Hilton Head Island, S.C. She had pancreatic cancer.
Last year, Mrs. Kirkpatrick received the golf tournament's volunteer of the year award.
She moved from Potomac to Hilton Head Island in 1992.
She was a native Washingtonian and a 1947 graduate of the National Cathedral School. She was a 1949 graduate of the old Edgewood Park Junior College in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
She was a charter member of Chevy Chase Republican Women's Club and a member of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Dr. Andrew H. Kirkpatrick of Hilton Head Island; a son, Edward W. Kirkpatrick of Dickerson; four daughters, Susan K. Burch of Lawrenceville, Ga., Mary Beth Diehl of Winter Springs, Fla., Clare K. Ashby of Bluffton, S.C., and Judy Kirkpatrick of Cincinnati; a sister; and eight grandchildren.
James A. McEnrue Sr.
DOT Facilities Manager
James Anthony McEnrue Sr., 84, who retired in 1972 after more than 10 years in facilities management at the Department of Transportation, died June 23 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had pneumonia.
Mr. McEnrue, a resident of Annandale, previously did similar work for the War Assets Board, the General Services Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration.
He was born in Pringle, Pa., and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He was a 1941 graduate of the University of Scranton and served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II. He settled in the Washington area after the war.
He was a founding member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale. His volunteer work included collecting and delivering food for So Others Might Eat, work he continued to do while using a walker.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Siegfried McEnrue of Annandale, whom he married in 1946; five children, Michael A. McEnrue of Houston, James A. McEnrue Jr. of Hoboken, N.J., Marianne McEnrue of New London, N.H., Mary Pat McEnrue of Fullerton, Calif., and Paul M. McEnrue of Vienna; two sisters, Margaret "Peggy" Mulhern of Annapolis and Sister Regis Mary McEnrue, a nun with the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Dallas, Pa.; and 10 grandchildren.
John Joseph McDonnell
Sales Representative, Historian
John Joseph McDonnell, 56, a salesman of industrial supplies and a published historian, died July 1 of cancer at his home in Bowie. He lived in the Washington area for more than 30 years.
Mr. McDonnell had worked at W.W. Grainger in Lanham since 1992, selling industrial parts and equipment in Prince George's County and the District. Before that, he was a salesman for Baer Supply in Savage and for Xerox on the Eastern Shore.
He was the author of two published books of history, "Family at War: The Military History of the Garris and McDonnell Family From the Birth of America to Present Time" and "Footprints," a family memoir. He also published articles on the Civil War. His many interests included photography and sailing.
Mr. McDonnell was born in Philadelphia and was a high school athlete in Pennsylvania, earning 13 letters in four sports. He attended the University of Dayton on a baseball scholarship and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
He was a volunteer with the Knights of Columbus in Bowie.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Jennifer Allen McDonnell of Bowie; two children, Kevin McDonnell and Clare McDonnell, both of Bowie; his mother, Grace Garris McDonnell of Dover, Del.; two sisters, Maureen Farley of Hummelstown, Pa., and Margaret Bray of Milford, Del.; and two brothers, Daniel McDonnell of Wallingford, Conn., and James McDonnell of Bethesda.
Rhonda Goldsteen Zinn
Rhonda Goldsteen Zinn, 45, who since the mid-1990s had managed her husband's electrical contracting business, Double Z Electric in Fulton, died July 2 at Georgetown University Medical Center. She had breast cancer.
Mrs. Zinn was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring, where she was a 1977 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. She was a 1981 fashion merchandising and design graduate of the University of Maryland.
In the early 1980s, she was an assistant buyer for Woodward & Lothrop department stores.
A former resident of Harwood, she was credited with reviving a civic association in that Anne Arundel County community and working with officials to stem heavy traffic that residents said was lowering property values. At her death, she lived in Fulton.
Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Bruce Zinn, and their three children, Stephanie Zinn, Michelle Zinn and Jacob Zinn, all of Fulton; her mother and stepfather, Elaine Spector and Jerry Spector of Boynton Beach, Fla.; her father and stepmother, Robert Goldsteen and Dorine Seidman of Delray Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Donna Goldsteen of Damascus.