William J. Toth


William J. Toth, 80, a volunteer until recent months for the National Park Service and the National Building Museum, died July 17 at his home in Vienna. He had a cerebral hemorrhage.

A retired highway-safety expert, Mr. Toth settled in the Washington area in 1992 and began his volunteer work. For the park service, he was stationed at President's Park at the White House.

In 2001, President Bush honored him during National Volunteer Week, calling him "one of my finest ambassadors."

Over the years, he also led tours for the Pennsylvania-based Scholastica Travel, which brings school groups to the Washington area.

The son of Hungarian immigrants, William James Toth was a native of Arnold City, Pa., and a graduate of Norwich University in Vermont.

After service in the U.S. 3rd Army in Europe during World War II, he received a masters' degree in education from New York University.

He then taught safety education at the school and trained American and Canadian police to use radar. He also wrote articles that appeared in Reader's Digest, Guideposts magazine and various safety publications.

In the early 1960s, he worked in Washington as assistant treasurer of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and as an advisory member of the president's committee for traffic safety.

He returned to NYU for a decade and then worked for the Pennsylvania-based Society of Automotive Engineers before retiring in 1986 as manager of membership relations.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Patricia Davall Toth of Vienna; three daughters, Tracy Toth of Alexandria, Melissa Toth of Philadelphia and Dawn Foreman of San Jose; a brother; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Evelyn Waldman

Retired Hebrew Teacher

Evelyn Waldman, 92, a retired Hebrew teacher, died July 22 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was a resident of Revitz House in Rockville.

Mrs. Waldman was born in the village of Shepatofka, Russia (now Ukraine), and immigrated to the United States in 1921 with other members of her family. She was educated in Boston public schools and in the early 1930s attended Hebrew Teachers College in Boston.

She and her late husband, Rabbi Herman Jonah Waldman, were married in 1934. They moved to Washington in 1941, when he assumed the pulpit of Agudath Achim Congregation. Until 1977, when the congregation merged with Congregation Har Tzeon of Silver Spring, she taught regularly in Agudath Achim's Hebrew school. She also taught at Congregation Shaare Tefila and was a frequent substitute teacher at the Hebrew Academy of Washington.

Mrs. Waldman moved to Revitz House in 1983, after her husband suffered a fall that confined him to the Hebrew Home. He died in 1986. She established small classes in Hebrew for Revitz residents and was a frequent contributor to the Revitz religious services. She participated regularly in the senior chorus of the Jewish Community Center and was an enthusiastic swimmer at the center until her mid-eighties.

Survivors include three children, Norma Kouzel of Leisure World in Silver Spring, Marvin Waldman of Rockville and Rena Horowitz of Los Angeles; a sister; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.