Jerome Shuman

Lawyer, Law Professor

Jerome Shuman, 67, a lawyer who taught law at Howard University and who reviewed and analyzed school desegregation plans for the U.S. Department of Education, died of pneumonia July 17 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Gaithersburg.

He taught law from 1964 to 1999 at Howard University. He also lectured at numerous other law schools, including Georgetown Law Center, Rutgers Law School and Washington College of Law at American University.

Mr. Shuman was born in St. Augustine, Fla., and raised in Allentown, N.J. He graduated from Howard University in 1960 and Howard University School of Law in 1963. In 1964, he graduated from Yale Law School, where he received a master of laws degree.

He served as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity in the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1977 to 1979 and was the chairman of the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency from 1987 to 1994.

In addition to his work with the Education Department, he consulted with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Congressional Black Caucus.

He also published dozens of legal articles. His article "Economic Status of Black Lawyers," published in the Howard Law Journal, was cited in briefs in a recent Supreme Court case, Grutter v. Bollinger, in support of university affirmative action policies.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Christine Shuman of the District; and two sons, Jerome Shuman Jr. and Will Shuman, both of the District.

Beatrice Pickford West

Government Claims Analyst

Beatrice Pickford West, 94, a retired Social Security Administration claims analyst, died of cancer July 14 at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. West had 35 years of federal government service, beginning with the Treasury Department in 1936. During World War II, she worked as an administrative secretary at the Alexandria Torpedo Factory, which was later converted into an arts center.

She worked off and on for the Social Security Administration for about 20 years until 1971.

Mrs. West, an Alexandria resident for 77 years, was a native of West Warwick, R.I.

She studied nursing at the University of Virginia before moving to the Washington area with her husband, Marion Bogley West, who went on to serve as an Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge in the early 1950s. He died in 1971. They were married for 43 years.

She was a member of St. Clement Episcopal Church in Alexandria and the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include three children, Marian West Fischer, David Allan West and Barbara West Lunsford, all of Alexandria; a sister; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

Jeanette Miller

Mental Health Counselor

Jeanette Martick Miller, 80, a mental health counselor with Family and Child Services of Washington for 29 years before retiring in 1999, died July 30 at the Washington Home nursing facility. She had cancer.

Mrs. Miller, a Washington resident, also had a small private practice in the District to help low-income alcoholics, mentally disabled parents and terminally ill patients.

She was a Baltimore native. After high school, she worked on the assembly line at the Glenn L. Martin aircraft plant outside Baltimore, helping turn out B-26 Marauder bombers for the Army Air Forces.

She was a 1948 graduate of the University of Maryland and in 1954 received a master's degree in social work from Smith College.

Early in her career, she worked at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville and the Jewish Social Services Agency of Washington.

From 1962 to 1964, she was a consultant to the Brazil state child guidance clinic.

She was a former trustee of Family and Child Services and organized the Washington chapter of Smith social work alumni.

Survivors include her husband, Nathan Miller of Washington, the journalist and popular historian, whom she married in 1962; a sister, Rose Martick of Baltimore; and two brothers, Morris Martick and Alexander Martick, both of Baltimore.

Margurite Lois Shomette


Margurite Lois Shomette, 81, who worked as a bookkeeper for GDS Utilities in Waldorf for 16 years, died July 30 of multiple myeloma at her home at Chestnut Grove, an assisted living facility in Richmond.

Mrs. Shomette was born in Roanoke and moved with her family to the District at the onset of the Great Depression. In 1942, she married Grady Frederick Shomette, a construction contractor. During World War II, she worked for the Army and in 1942 lived in Puerto Rico, where her husband was engaged in defense construction.

During the mid-1950s, she was employed by American Express. She then retired to domestic life in Rockville, where she lived from 1956 to 1965, and in Fairfax, living there from 1965 to 1977. In 1977, she and her husband moved to Waldorf, where they lived for the next 26 years.

From 1986 to 2002, she was employed by GDS Utilities, a water and sewer contracting company owned by her husband.

Mrs. Shomette's husband died in 2003.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Grady Shomette of Dunkirk and Dale Edmund Shomette of Monrovia; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Stanley M. Lowry Sr.

Air Force Colonel

Stanley M. Lowry Sr., 72, who retired after 35 years in the Air Force as a division chief of contingency support for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died of cancer July 4 at his home in Springfield.

He was born in Leavittsburg, Ohio, and enlisted in the Air Force at age 17. He began his military career playing the trombone in the Air Force band before becoming a basic training instructor at four air bases. In 1957, he attended Officer Candidate School and became a commissioned officer.

Col. Lowry worked in communications intelligence. His postings included France, Germany, Illinois, Alabama, Hawaii and two tours of duty at the Pentagon. He also served in Thailand during the Vietnam War, commanding the 1987th Communications Squadron. He attended Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base and Army War College at Carlisle, Pa. He retired in 1984.

Among his commendations was the Legion of Merit award.

While in the Air Force, he received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master's degree in political science from Auburn University.

After his retirement, he worked for 10 years with ElectroSpace Inc., a defense contractor in Crystal City, writing scenarios for different military operations.

Col. Lowry was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 217 of Springfield, the Valley of Alexandria Scottish Rite and Kena Shriners of Fairfax.

A son, Jeffrey E. Lowry, died in 1989.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Nancy J. Lowry of Springfield; five children, Shirley L. Hawkins of Cumming, Ga., Stanley M. Lowry Jr. of Germantown, John C. Lowry of Poway, Calif., and Karen L. Thompson and Cynthia L. Alderson, both of Springfield; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Richard B. Treash

Army Lieutenant Colonel

Richard B. Treash, 85, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, died July 27 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Col. Treash was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., and attended Western Michigan University. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1940, attended Signal Corps Officer Candidate School and was appointed a second lieutenant in 1942. Col. Treash contracted spinal meningitis and upon his recovery was assigned to Maryland's Edgewood Arsenal and the Medical Field Service School in Pennsylvania.

He left the service at the end of the war but was recalled to duty in 1950. He served in Korea, Japan, Germany and several domestic posts. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal. He retired in 1965 from active duty and followed his wife, an Army dietitian, to assignments in Germany, San Francisco and Honolulu.

After her retirement in 1977, they moved to Fairfax and in 1989 to Alexandria.

Col. Treash volunteered with the Washington Opera, the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and Friends of the Kennedy Center as a tour guide.

His first wife, Mary Louise Edmonds Treash, died in 1964.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Eileen Treash of Alexandria; two sons from his first marriage, Charles E. Treash of Seattle and Richard B. Treash Jr. of Chicago; two sisters; three granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.

Grace 'Kathie' Poloway

Urgent Care Nurse

Grace Katherine "Kathie" Poloway, 43, a nurse, died of cancer July 31 at Montgomery General Hospital. She was a resident of Olney.

Ms. Poloway was a native Washingtonian. She moved to Northern Virginia as a child and graduated from Langley High School in McLean. She became a licensed practical nurse and worked at what is now Inova Fairfax Hospital and Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. For the past 12 years, she worked as an urgent-care nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Kensington and as an infusion nurse for Allied Pharmacy in Rockville.

She was a member of Presbyterian Church of the Atonement in Silver Spring and a volunteer at her children's schools in Olney.

Her marriage to Darrel Poloway ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, David, Steven, Eric and Brooke Poloway, all of Olney; two sisters, Kim Hall of Haymarket and Karen Overmen of Fairfax; and her mother, Paulene Cross of St. Augustine, Fla.

Stephen Barry Levin

Printing Company Owner

Stephen Barry Levin, 60, owner of Grafix Inc., a printing company in Columbia, died July 19 of multiple myeloma at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He lived in Derwood.

He founded his company in College Park 35 years ago and moved it to Columbia in 1976. His firm specialized in pre-press operations, graphic design, layout and printing. The company did work for newspapers and also printed boxes and commercial products.

Mr. Levin was born in the District, grew up in Riverdale and Silver Spring and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. He took printing courses in high school and worked as a printer while serving in the Air Force in the 1960s. After working briefly for other printing companies in the Washington area, he started Grafix in 1969. The company will continue under the leadership of his daughter, Monica Levin.

Mr. Levin was a member of Montgomery-Cornerstone Masonic Lodge of Rockville and Printing and Imaging Industries of Maryland, a trade group. He was also a member of B'nai Shalom congregation of Olney. He enjoyed golf, biking, sailing and watching sports.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Ronnye Himelfarb Levin of Derwood; two daughters, Monica Levin of Ellicott City and Jody Sacks of Owings Mills; his mother, Minnie Levin of Silver Spring; a sister, Arlene Shatarsky of Silver Spring; and a granddaughter.

Ingram Thomas Benson

Arlington Lawyer

Ingram Thomas Benson, 88, an Arlington lawyer and retired Navy captain, died of a heart attack July 29 at Henrico Doctors' Hospital in Richmond.

Mr. Benson, known as Tom, was born in Bismarck, N.D., and received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Carleton College in Minnesota in 1936.

He was commissioned as a Navy ensign in 1944 and served in World War II and Korea. He also saw duty in Japan, at Little Creek in Virginia and in the Washington area. In 1957, he was the officer in charge of the U.S. Naval School, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, U.S. Naval Powder Factory, in Indian Head. He retired from active duty in 1958.

After his retirement, he entered George Washington University Law School, receiving his degree in 1964. He was a member of the Delta Theta Law fraternity, the American Bar Association and the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Florida bars.

He had a private law practice specializing in pension plans in Arlington, where he had lived for the past 50 years.

Mr. Benson's wife, Marie Benson, died in 1990.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Agruso of Richmond and Jean Benson of Fredericksburg, and a granddaughter.

Jeanne-Marie Fascell

Congressman's Widow

Jeanne-Marie Pelot Fascell, 82, the widow of former Florida congressman Dante B. Fascell, died July 31 of pulmonary disease at her home in Clearwater, Fla.

For nearly four decades, Mrs. Fascell divided her time between Arlington and Miami, which her husband served as a Democratic member of the House of Representatives for 38 years. He was first elected in 1954 and retired in 1993 as chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

She was a member of the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Washington and was an active member of the Congressional Wives Club, helping the spouses of members of Congress adapt to life in Washington. In Miami, she was a member of a variety of political, cultural and charitable groups.

Mrs. Fascell, a fourth-generation Floridian, was born in Arcadia, Fla., and moved to Miami as a girl. She worked with a telephone company during World War II.

After her husband's retirement from the House, they lived full time in Miami until 1998, when they moved to Clearwater.

Dante Fascell, whom Mrs. Fascell married in 1941, died in 1998. A son, Dante Jon Fascell, died in 1984.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Diamond and Toni Strother, both of Clearwater; a sister, Joy P. Mason of Arlington; and three grandchildren.

Martha Ann Ruliffson

Elementary School Teacher

Martha Ann Ruliffson, 81, a former elementary school teacher, died July 24 of cancer at her home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Ruliffson was born in Turners Falls, Mass. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1944 with a degree in psychology.

She came to Washington that same year as part of the war effort and worked in Arlington for the military intelligence division of the War Department. From 1945 to 1949, she was an assistant to Bert Andrews, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, from 1941 until his death in 1953.

She took graduate courses at George Washington University and taught elementary school in Arlington from 1956 to 1962 and in Turners Falls from 1962 to 1968. When she moved back to the Washington area in 1968, she lived in Kensington.

Her marriage to Peter A. Robinson ended in divorce. Her second husband, Royal E. Olmert, died in 1973.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Franklin R. Ruliffson of Bethesda; two daughters from her first marriage, Susan E. Moraz of Columbia and Martha Ann Gutierrez of Rockville; three stepchildren, Judy Ruliffson Oliver of San Bernardino, Calif., Robert Ruliffson of Austin and Karen Ruliffson Moreno of Scottsdale, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and three sisters.