Michael E. O'Leary Sr.
Social Studies Teacher
Michael E. O'Leary Sr., 76, who worked as seventh-grade social studies teacher at Walker Mill Middle School in District Heights for 25 years, died of pulmonary disease July 24 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney.
Mr. O'Leary retired in 1993.
Before teaching, he served in the Marines Corps for 22 years. After joining in 1945, his assignments included serving with the occupation of the Japan forces at the end of World War II and a 13-month tour of duty in Korea during the Korean War.
Mr. O'Leary was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from the University of Maryland with both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education and social studies. He also earned a second master's of education degree in reading from Bowie State University.
He moved to Hyattsville in 1968 and attended St. Jerome's Catholic Church until he moved to Leisure World in Silver Spring in 1993. He attended Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at Leisure World., where he lived at the time of his death.
A son, Christopher J. O'Leary, died in 1976.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Gladys L. O'Leary of Leisure World; four children, Michael E. O'Leary Jr. of Frederick, Timothy D. O'Leary of Beltsville, Margaret O'Leary Plank of Montgomery Village and Mary O'Leary Mueller of Olney; three sisters; and nine grandchildren.
John B. Fling
John B. Fling, 52, vice president of design for Estee Lauder Inc., died of heart disease July 27 at his home in New York City.
Mr. Fling was born in Sandy Spring and grew up in Montgomery County, graduating from Sherwood High School in 1969. He was a 1973 graduate of the University of South Florida and did postgraduate work at the Pratt School of Design in New York City.
From 1977 to 1995, he worked at Tiffany & Co. in New York, rising to director of product design. He then went to work at Estee Lauder in New York, where he received several design awards, including the Package Innovation Award 2004 from the Global Cosmetic Industry Group.
His brother survives him.
Jean Aileen Sullivan
Longtime Montgomery Resident
Jean Aileen Sullivan, 78, a Montgomery County resident for 57 years before retiring to Florida, died of congestive heart failure July 16 at the Hospice Care Center in Port Orange, Fla.
Mrs. Sullivan was born in Wheaton and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. After marrying in 1946, she moved to the Rockville area and raised three sons. She enjoyed reading and making arts and crafts, including quilted rugs for friends and family.
In 1983, she and her husband retired to Daytona Beach, Fla., and spent the next several years traveling across the country. They particularly enjoyed the West.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, William P. Sullivan of Daytona Beach; three children, William P. Sullivan Jr. of Gaithersburg, Brian S. Sullivan of Monrovia and Dean P. Sullivan of Mount Airy; a brother; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
U-Md. Library Director
Howard Rovelstad, 91, the retired director of libraries at the University of Maryland, died of congestive heart disease July 16 at his home in Catonsville, Md.
Mr. Rovelstad was a career librarian since 1940, when he earned a fifth-year degree in library science from Columbia University and moved to the University of Maryland. Except for a three-year absence while he served in the Army during World War II, Mr. Rovelstad worked at Maryland, moving from order librarian to reference librarian to director of the university's libraries in 1946. He retired in 1975.
Born in Elgin, Ill., he received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Illinois. He was a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association and the International Federation of Library Associations.
He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in College Park.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Mathilde Rovelstad of Catonsville, and a daughter, Brenda Rovelstad Wilson of Edgewater.
James Otis Granum
Interstate Highway Engineer
James Otis Granum, 92, an engineer who helped design the interstate highway system, died July 27 of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Greenville, S.C. He had lived in Greenville since 1985.
Mr. Granum came to the Washington area in 1949 to join the Highway Users' Federation for Safety and Mobility, which at the time was a consortium of engineers that consulted with federal and state governmental agencies on highway policy and design. A registered professional engineer, he worked with several states and Canadian provinces on highway proposals. He was a member of the design team that planned the U.S. interstate highway system. He retired in 1977.
Mr. Granum was born in Rapid City, S.D., and grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University in 1932.
He lived in Chevy Chase from 1949 to 1968 and was a member of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in the District. From 1968 to 1985, he lived in Rockville and was a member of Potomac United Methodist Church.
He was a member of several engineering organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Highway Research Board and the "Road Gang," an informal group of engineers that advised policy institutes and public officials about highway design.
His wife of 67 years, Kathryn Granum, died in 2000.
Survivors include two sons, Philip J. Granum of Rockville and Michael Granum of Greer, S.C.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Anne Swayzee Richter
Water Aerobics Program Leader
Anne Swayzee Richter, 73, who was chairman of the Heritage Harbour water aerobics program for five years, died of endometrial cancer July 18 at her home in Annapolis's Heritage Harbour.
She was born in Chicago and grew up in Silver Spring, where she graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. She attended the University of Maryland, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
She married her high school sweetheart and shepherded her family through relocations in 11 cities. While living in Toronto, she studied classical piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
After her children were grown, she was secretary-treasurer of the Dix Hills, N.Y., Community Nursery School. In 1992, she moved to Heritage Harbour, where she participated in bridge, bowling and water aerobics. While leading the water aerobics program, she helped it to grow to more than 200 members.
She loved music and the theater and was a supporting member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Hippodrome Theatre Inner Circle and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Frank Richter of Annapolis; three children, Rick Richter of Toronto, Kerry Richter of Takoma Park and Scott Richter of Wyckoff, N.J.; a brother; a stepbrother; four grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
Elizabeth McLure, 54, a former computer programmer with Airline Tariff Publishing Co., died July 17 of a heart attack at her home in Germantown.
Ms. McLure was born in Silver Spring and graduated from Northwood High School. She attended Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., and in 1980 took computer specialist training at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College and at Catonsville College, where she maintained a 4.0 grade-point average.
She was an Amtrak reservationist in Chicago in the early 1970s and returned to Silver Spring in 1976. For several years during the 1980s and early 1990s, she was unable to work regularly because of illness. She worked for Airline Tariff Publishing at Dulles International Airport from 1997 to 2002.
Her marriage to Kennon Ward McLure ended in divorce.
Survivors include a son, Jubal Ward McLure of Germantown; her stepmother, Mary McLure-Carter of Silver Spring; and a sister, Anne McLure of Seattle.
Constance 'Connie' Minkin
Smithsonian Editorial Chief
Constance "Connie" Minkin, 80, who retired as chief of all the editorial offices of the Smithsonian Institution in 1978, died of cardiac arrest July 27 at the Jefferson nursing home in Ballston while in the care of Hospice of Northern Virginia. She lived in Crystal City.
Mrs. Minkin became an exhibits editor at the Smithsonian in 1961 and later became chief of the editorial office. She supervised the staff that edited the text accompanying pictures and other museum displays.
She was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, and received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She also did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin.
She came to Washington in 1951 with her husband, Noah Minkin, who came to work as a lawyer in the Office of Price Administration, a temporary agency during the Korean War.
From the late 1950s through the early 1960s, Mrs. Minkin worked as a publicist for AMVETS before joining the Smithsonian.
After her retirement, she traveled extensively with her husband, visiting more than 100 countries. The British Isles, France and the Far East were among her favorite places to visit.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years and two sisters.
Carole Vought Feltman
Music Teacher, Performer
Carole Vought Feltman, 69, a music teacher and performer, died of cancer July 30 at her home in Rockville.
Since 1978, Mrs. Feltman taught music and encouraged her students to compete in regional and state competitions. She played piano professionally at Nordstrom's in Montgomery Mall and at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. She also performed at private parties and events.
She began dealing antiques professionally in 1996 after doing it as a hobby for years. Mrs. Feltman established a booth at the Antique Crossroads shopping mall in Hagerstown, Md., where she sold art glass, china, silver, collectible dolls, books and sheet music.
Born in Middleburg, Pa., she earned a bachelor's degree in music from Bucknell University and taught music and theater in the public schools of Middletown, N.J. She married and later moved to Towson, where she taught music and theater at Loch Raven Junior High School. In 1966, she and her husband moved back to Pennsylvania, where she taught in schools and began to teach privately.
In 1978, the family moved to Bethesda briefly and then to Rockville.
She was a judge in numerous events as a member of the Montgomery County Music Teachers Association.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Ronald E. Feltman; two sons, Christopher E. Feltman of Washington and Jonathan V. Feltman of Rockville; and a sister.