Jean R. Adams

Insect Pathologist

Jean Ruth Adams, 75, an Agriculture Department insect pathologist from 1962 to 1996, died July 12 at her home in Hyattsville. She had cancer.

At Agriculture, Dr. Adams discovered numerous insect pathogens and was among the foremost users of the electron microscope working in insect pathology.

She wrote or co-wrote more than 70 articles for research publications and co-edited "Atlas of Invertebrate Viruses" (1991).

She continued an affiliation with Agriculture in retirement, where she catalogued the many specimens of insect viruses she obtained throughout her career.

She was a native of Edgewater Park, N.J., and an agriculture graduate of Rutgers University, where she also received a doctorate in entomology.

She was a former secretary of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology and the Chesapeake Society for Microscopy.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hyattsville, where she served as a deacon, choir member, Sunday school teacher and youth leader. She was also active with the Southern and D.C. Baptist conventions.

She gardened and made greeting cards on her computer.

Survivors include a brother and a sister.

Lex W. Barnett


Lex W. Barnett, 89, a Garrett Park resident and retired cabdriver, died July 8 of diabetes and hypertension at the ManorCare nursing home in Bethesda.

Before becoming a cabdriver in 1962, Mr. Barnett was head of the service department at Ozalid Corp., a manufacturer of sensitized paper and film products for architects.

Mr. Barnett was born in Brookville, Pa., and worked for Prudential Insurance Co. in Franklin, Pa., until World War II. He joined the Navy in 1942 and was assigned to a classified communications project in Washington. He also sang in Navy choirs and played the organ, a lifelong avocation.

He went to work for Ozalid in 1945. He left the company after 17 years because he didn't like the incessant travel the job entailed and dealing with all the paperwork.

He retired from driving a cab in 1978.

His marriage to Marjorie White Barnett ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Beatrice "Betty" Barnett of Garrett Park; a daughter from the second marriage, Lexie McMahon of Silver Spring; a brother; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

William C. Ostlund

CIA Field Agent

William C. Ostlund, 86, a CIA field agent and Potomac resident, died of cancer June 29 at the Casey House hospice in Rockville.

Mr. Ostlund was born in Medford, Mass. During World War II, he served in the Army in Alaska and Korea and later was in the reserves.

After the war, he earned a degree in economics from Boston College. He moved to Washington and worked at the Army Map Service while doing graduate work in economics at the Agriculture Department.

In 1953, he went to Japan for the CIA. While there, he studied a Japanese woodcarving and lacquer art called Kamakura-bori.

After three years, he returned to Washington and studied Indonesian at the Foreign Service Language Institute. He was stationed in Asia most of his career. His last overseas duty was in Vietnam during the war there. He retired in 1973.

In retirement, he traveled, studied drawing, painted and collected art.

Survivors include his wife, Caro Butler Ostlund of Potomac; four children, Caro Lynn Ostlund of San Francisco, William Charles Ostlund Jr. of Potomac, Robert Lind Ostlund of Rockville and Dawn Marie Ostlund of Los Angeles; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Ruth Adelaide Hunt

Defense Department Secretary

Ruth Adelaide Hunt, 89, a retired secretary with the Defense Department, died of congestive heart failure July 12 at the Washington Home hospice.

Miss Hunt, known as Adelaide, was born in Greensboro, N.C., and graduated in 1934 from what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She moved to the Washington area and in 1935 became a clerk in the office of the Quartermaster General in the old War Department. She retired from the Defense Department in 1970 as secretary to the Judge Advocate General of the Army.

She lived in Washington and attended Washington National Cathedral.

Survivors include a sister.

Lucille Doran


Lucille Elizabeth Olson Doran, a volunteer for the Falls Church chapter of the American Cancer Society, died at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington after a stroke. She died July 9, a day before her 86th birthday.

Mrs. Doran, a Falls Church resident, was born in Marinette, Wis. During World War II, she worked in the Manitowoc, Wis., shipyards building submarines.

She married Army 2nd Lt. Edward Allen Doran, who had just graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in 1943. After the war, they moved to Northern Virginia.

Mrs. Doran was a member of Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean.

In addition to her husband, who retired as a colonel and lives in Falls Church, survivors include three daughters, Sherill Doran Platt of Columbia, Pamela Doran of Glen Brook in Howard County and Marcia Doran of Baltimore.

Thomas G. Owen


Thomas G. Owen, 86, a retired Raytheon Service financial administrator who had headed the Masonry Institute of Washington, died July 2 at Asbury Village's Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg.

Mr. Owen, who lived in Kensington for 41 years before moving to Asbury Village in 1990, was a native Washingtonian. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and received a degree in accounting from George Washington University.

After serving in the Army during World War II, he became an executive with E.G. Schafer and Co., a wholesale plumbing and heating supply firm in Washington. He rose to president before leaving the company in 1967 to work as executive director of the Masonry Institute.

He then worked as financial administrator at Raytheon from 1974 to 1983.

Active in the United Methodist Church most of his life, he most recently attended Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg.

For many years, Mr. Owen was active in the Kiwanis Club of Silver Spring, twice serving as president.

His wife of 57 years, Doris Ellen Harlan, died in 1999.

Survivors include three children, Claudia Owen Steigler of Clinton, Mass., Thomas "Chip" Owen Jr. of Columbia City, Ind., and Kenneth Owen of Saline, Mich.; a sister; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.