The July 18 obituary for Cynthia Louise Sewell provided an incorrect job title. She was a health research administrator at the National Cancer Institute. (Published 7/19/04)
Cynthia Louise Sewell
English Teacher, Secretary
Cynthia Louise Sewell, 78, who taught English in Montgomery County before becoming an executive secretary at the National Cancer Institute, died July 8 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She had emphysema and pneumonia.
Ms. Sewell was an English teacher at Julius West Junior High School in Rockville from 1963 to 1967. From 1969 to 1972, she taught English literature at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.
From 1972 to 1985, she worked at the National Cancer Institute as an executive secretary for the health research administrator.
She was born in Lawrence, Kan., and attended the University of Kansas and the University of Chicago. She graduated from Hunter College in New York in 1954. She received a master's degree in English literature from the University of Maryland in 1970.
Early in her career, she was a tour guide at Rockefeller Center in New York and an editorial assistant at Puck, a weekly humor magazine, and the New Yorker magazine.
She came to the Washington area in 1962. At her death, she lived in Falls Church.
Ms. Sewell enjoyed tennis, bridge and the theater. At the time of her death, she was working on a book of fables for children.
Her marriages to Frank Stannard, Harold Mers, Daniel Carangi and Wade Sewell ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children from the third marriage, Leslie Carangi Kelley of New York and Jeffrey Carangi of Newport News, Va.; and a brother.
William Kenneth Woodward
Fairfax County Teacher
William Kenneth Woodward, 82, a Fairfax County high school industrial education teacher, died of respiratory distress July 10 at a hospital in Johnson City, Tenn. He was a resident of Vienna.
Mr. Woodward was born in Saltville, Va. During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard ships in the Pacific and the Atlantic.
He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in industrial education from Oregon State University.
He then settled in Northern Virginia, where he taught at George Mason, Madison, Edison and Lake Braddock high schools until his retirement in 1978. He was an expert architect and craftsman and a Mason.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Clara Rector Woodward of New Market, Va.; five children, Mary Woodward Clark of Williamsburg, Kathryn Woodward Smerdzinski of Vienna, William Kenneth Woodward Jr. of Maurertown, Va., and Billie Woodward Cummings and Susan Woodward, both of Woodstock, Va.; two brothers; 10 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.