Francis Paul Alepa

Professor of Medicine

Francis Paul Alepa, 71, a former professor of medicine at Georgetown University and the University of Arizona and a leading expert on juvenile arthritis, died June 21 at a hospital in Tucson of complications of lymphoma.

Dr. Alepa, who went by Paul, spent 25 years in the Washington area, beginning as a medical student at Georgetown in 1954. After completing his residency at D.C. General Hospital, he was a postdoctoral fellow and senior clinical investigator at what was then called the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, from 1962 to 1965.

He was associate professor of medicine at Georgetown from 1965 to 1979 and was head of the medical school's rheumatology department. While serving on the Georgetown medical faculty, he also was chief of rheumatology services at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Washington.

In 1979, he became a professor of medicine at the Health Sciences Center of the University of Arizona. He was also research director of the university's Southwest Arthritis Center. He retired as a full professor in 1998 and lived in Tucson until his death.

Dr. Alepa was a nationally recognized authority on rheumatoid arthritis in children and author of many research papers and other studies. He was credited with identifying a genetic cause of rheumatoid arthritis. He organized a clinic in Tucson to treat children with arthritis.

While on the Georgetown faculty, he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. He held leadership positions in the Arthritis Foundation, a national organization dedicated to arthritis research, which twice presented him awards for his volunteer work.

Dr. Alepa was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., in 1954 and received his medical degree from Georgetown in 1958.

Survivors include his mother, Carmelina Alepa, and a brother, John Alepa, both of Vienna.

William E. Lotz Jr.

Nuclear Radiation Expert

William E. Lotz, Jr., 83, an expert in the effects of radiation on animals and its applicability to human physiology, died July 5 at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. He had leukemia.

Dr. Lotz was born in Portland, Ore. After serving in the Pacific theater during World War II with the Army Air Forces, he received bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the University of Oregon. In 1957, he received a doctoral degree in zoology from the University of Tennessee while working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dr. Lotz, who moved to the Washington area in 1958, worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and then the Department of Energy.

After retiring from the federal government in 1979, he served as a consultant for the Electrical Power Research Institute. He also worked for two years at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, promoting research programs, training courses and conferences in radiation biology. He was director of environmental and operational safety for six years at the Hanford nuclear facility in Washington state.

Dr. Lotz wrote 20 publications about mineral metabolism, radionuclide uptake and autoradiographic techniques. He was a member of the Health Physics Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society, the Sigma Xi scientific research society and the Cosmos Club.

In retirement, he provided financial-aid advice to students at Montgomery College, pursued photographic interests and created stained-glass lamps.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ruth E. Lotz of Gaithersburg; three children, Daniel W. Lotz of Haymarket; David T. Lotz of Seattle and Alison J. Bawek of Rockville; and four grandchildren.

Patricia Glaser

Cheverly Lawyer, Vice Mayor

Patricia Dulinsky Glaser, 56, a Cheverly lawyer who served as the town's vice mayor from 1986 to 1995, died July 14 at her home in Cheverly. She had breast cancer.

Mrs. Glaser was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Prince George's County. She was a graduate of Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, the University of Maryland and Catholic University's law school.

She was a former member of the Cheverly Town Council.

She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cheverly and did volunteer work for the Hospice of Prince George's County and Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Gerard Glaser of Cheverly; two daughters, Jenny Johnson of Cheverly and Katie Glaser-LeClere of Lake Linganore, Md.; her mother, Jeanne Dulinsky of Mitchellville; and five grandchildren.

Catherine Newkirk McCamey

Federal Worker, Political Activist

Catherine Newkirk "Kitty" McCamey, 76, who worked in a variety of government positions and was a community activist in Washington's Ward 7, died July 8 of a heart ailment at her home in the District.

Mrs. McCamey began a long career of government service in 1947 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, working as a keypunch operator until the early 1970s. She also worked as a census taker with the Census Bureau and, from 1973 to 1983, was a mail sorter with the Postal Service. From 1983 to 1990, she was an administrative assistant at the Grant Park Care Center, a Washington nursing home.

Mrs. McCamey, a lifelong resident of Northeast Washington, spent more than 20 years as a neighborhood activist. She campaigned for many Democratic candidates and was a delegate to the 1984 Democratic National Convention. She was a member of the Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commission and served for several years as a board member of the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, which helped revitalize neighborhood housing, businesses and community services.

She twice met Queen Elizabeth II, first when the queen visited Washington in 1991 and again when Mrs. McCamey was part of an official delegation to England later the same year.

Mrs. McCamey graduated from Dunbar High School in 1944. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Deanwood in the District.

Her husband of 39 years, Robert McCamey, died in 1986.

Survivors include three children, Janice M. Porter of Upper Marlboro, Carolyn M. Taylor of Laurel and Ronald G. McCamey of the District; a sister, Francine N. Eccles of Columbia; and three grandchildren.

Henry Lee Choate

Air Force Colonel

Henry Lee Choate, 87, a World War II bomber pilot who rose to the rank of Air Force colonel, died July 8 at the Gables at Mount Vernon, an assisted-living facility in Alexandria. He had dementia.

Col. Choate spent more than 27 years on active duty, beginning in December 1942 with the Army Air Forces. He flew 50 bombing missions in the Pacific theater during World War II and later became a B-52 pilot.

In the 1950s, he was stationed in the Philippines, California and Colorado before being posted to an American air base in Uruguay in 1956 as deputy chief of the mission.

From 1959 to 1964, he was stationed at the Pentagon. In 1964, he was named chief of the U.S. Air Force mission in Venezuela, where he narrowly escaped a kidnapping attempt by a radical political faction.

He worked in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon from 1966 until his retirement in 1970. His awards included the Legion of Merit and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

After his Air Force service, Col. Choate was deputy director of Citizens for a New Prosperity, a group that supported the 1972 reelection of President Richard M. Nixon.

He was born in Huntersville, N.C., and graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina. He lived in Alexandria for more than 40 years.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Rose Capen Choate of Alexandria; four daughters, Rosemary Choate of Fairfax County, Stephanie Choate of Stafford, Connie Choate of Fletcher, N.C., and Patricia Allred of Hickory, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

Margaret S. Colton

Volunteer

Margaret S. Colton, 99, a volunteer for numerous civic groups, died of dysphasia and respiratory failure July 19 at a grandson's home in Potomac. She was a Bethesda resident.

Mrs. Colton spent many years as a volunteer with the League of Women Voters and the Women's Suburban Democratic Club and as the historian for the Woman's National Democratic Club. She was active in neighborhood affairs and opposed any plans that she felt would disturb the tranquility of her neighborhood of Edgemoor.

She was born in New York City and worked at various publications until she married in 1933. She and her husband moved to Washington shortly thereafter.

Her husband of 61 years, Herbert S. Colton, died in 1994.

Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Schmitz of Dunwoody, Ga., and Judith Christensen of Potomac; a sister; eight grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.