Jeanne B. Omohundro

Social Worker

Jeanne Beauchamp Omohundro, 83, a longtime social worker for the D.C. government, died of melanoma June 15 at Collington Episcopal Life Care, a nursing home in Mitchellville.

Mrs. Omohundro worked for 20 years as a social worker for the District's Department of Human Resources, placing children in foster homes and making follow-up visits to those children. On her retirement in 1982, she received a plaque from the District government for distinguished service.

She was born in Newfoundland, Canada, and moved to New England as an infant. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1929. She grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

From 1944 to 1948, she worked at the Rhode Island state infirmary in Howard as a medical technician and did graduate studies in immunology at Harvard University. She came to Washington in 1948 and was a bacteriologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center until 1954.

She attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond from 1954 to 1956. She received a master's degree in social work in 1959 from the College of William and Mary. She worked for the Virginia Department of Hospitals and Mental Hygiene from 1959 to 1962 and lived in Alexandria. She joined the D.C. government in 1962.

She lived in the District until 2001 and for many years was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Washington, serving as church treasurer. After moving to Mitchellville in 2001, she attended St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church of Leeland in Upper Marlboro.

She traveled to Cuba, Africa and Scandinavia and enjoyed planting flowers. She also took many courses and read widely, particularly in theology and religious studies.

Her husband of 12 years, Robert J. Omohundro, died in 2000.

Survivors include three stepchildren, Barbara J. Omohundro and Dr. Phillip H. Omohundro, both of Washington, and Lesli Omohundro-Bronczkowski of Germany; six grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.

George S. Hartman

SBA Official

George S. Hartman, 95, who retired from the Small Business Administration as a liaison between small businesses and the military, died July 7 at Annaburg Manor nursing center in Manassas. He had dysphagia, a swallowing disorder.

Mr. Hartman was with the SBA from 1952 to 1971. In his final job there, he helped small businesses understand the government's requirements to bid for military projects.

A former Falls Church resident, he moved into a series of assisted living homes starting in December 2003.

George Scholey Hartman was a native of Kansas City, Mo., and a graduate of Baker University in Kansas. He settled in the Washington area in 1942 and worked for the Maritime Administration and other agencies.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, where he had been a deacon, elder and trustee. He was a former secretary and acting superintendent of the church's school.

He was former vice president of the National Railway Historical Society and a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and the Cub Scouts.

His wife of 58 years, Hester Hale Hartman, died in 1992.

Survivors include a son, George S. Hartman Jr. of Manassas Park; a sister; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

H. Rolf Noer


H. Rolf Noer, 77, an orthopedist who practiced in Alexandria for many years, died July 4 at Inova Alexandria Hospital of complications of Parkinson's disease. He was a resident of Alexandria.

Dr. Noer had a private practice from 1967 to 1993 and was a medical consultant to the U.S. Transportation Department. He served as president of the Washington Orthopedic Society and was a member of many other orthopedic societies in the area.

Before opening his practice, he spent 17 years as a Navy physician and served in the Korean War. He retired in 1967 at the rank of commander.

During his military career, he was a flight surgeon, chief medical officer of the Sixth Fleet (then based in France) and director of orthopedic science at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. His military decorations included the Purple Heart.

Dr. Noer was born in Madison, Wis., and received his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He was board-certified in orthopedics and neurology. He was also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College.

He owned a series of sailboats and sailed and camped with his family throughout the United States.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Betty S. Noer of Alexandria; three children, Karen N. Thumb of McLean, Carol N. Zacharias of New York and Hal Noer of Braddock Heights; three grandchildren; and a brother.

Edgar R. Lewis

Maryland Boat Captain

Edgar Reese Lewis, 85, a retired Chesapeake Bay captain who piloted a state icebreaker for roughly 20 years, died July 1 at his home in Cambridge, Md. He had arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Mr. Lewis helmed freighters and buyboats before signing on as a state captain in 1974. During the next two decades, he worked on the 72-foot John C. Widener and other boats to help unblock creeks and rivers paralyzed by ice.

He also helped maintain the state's network of buoys and channel markers and was dispatched to rescue sinking or stranded vessels.

The son and grandson of watermen, he was born on Hooper's Island, Md. He was raised in Cambridge by his paternal grandparents after his mother's death during the 1918 flu epidemic.

He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

After the war, he sailed the Andy, a schooner converted into a freighter. He later sailed the Swan, a 50-foot buyboat that would follow fleets of watermen and buy their catch of oysters, then sell the shellfish to seafood houses around the bay.

He was a member of the Cambridge Yacht Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was a former member of the Cambridge County Club.

His wife, Jean MacSorley Lewis, died in 1995.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

Margaret Dean George

Fundraiser, Club Member

Margaret Dean George, 86, who helped raise money for Children's Hospital and traveled the world with her diplomat husband, died July 9 of cancer at her home in Bethesda.

As a member of the Marathon Bridge Club, a social club in Bethesda, Mrs. George helped raise more than $250,000 for Children's Hospital over a 15-year period.

From 1947 to 1978, she accompanied her husband, a Foreign Service officer, on assignments to Taiwan, Israel, Germany, Norway and Japan.

Mrs. George was a native of Hopkinsville, Ky., and a graduate of Vanderbilt University. As a young woman, she worked as a high school teacher for three years. She had lived in Bethesda off and on since 1955 and continuously since 1978. She had been a member of Bethesda First Baptist Church since 1955.

Mrs. George gave piano lessons at her home. She was a member of the Washington chapter of Ikebana International, an organization devoted to the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Her husband of 49 years, Scott George, died in 1989.

Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Kaufman of Madison, Wis., and Rosemary George of Falls Church; and a granddaughter.