Charles O. Conrad

Coalition Executive Director

Charles Owen Conrad, 80, who since 1991 had been the executive director of Organizations Concerned about Rural Education, a coalition largely of educational and agricultural groups, died Aug. 14 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington after a stroke.

Mr. Conrad's coalition lent support to programs to bring modern telecommunications to rural education and to increase federal funding for modernization and construction of rural public schools.

Mr. Conrad was born in Mandan, N.D., and raised in Bismarck, N.D. He attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and participated in the attack on Iwo Jima.

From 1948 through 1975, Mr. Conrad was president and business manager of the family-owned Conrad Publishing Co., which included newspapers.

After the company folded, Mr. Conrad settled in the Washington area in 1977. From 1978 to 1991, he did public affairs work for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a federal regulatory agency.

He was a founder of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Southern Maryland and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. He lived in Arlington.

He enjoyed sailing.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Joyce Lee Conrad of Arlington; three children, Kari Conrad of Minot, N.D., Marcia Conrad Kirby of Annapolis and Peter Conrad of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

John M. Weaver

Government Librarian

John Mason Weaver, 82, who worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development as an administrative librarian from the late 1960s until retiring in 1984, died Aug. 12 at the Mariner Health nursing facility in Silver Spring of complications from a 2002 stroke.

Mr. Weaver, a Silver Spring resident, was born in Kansas City, Mo., and raised in Pelham, N.Y. He served in the Army Air Corps in Alaska during World War II.

He was a graduate of Bucknell University and received a master's degree in history from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in library science from Columbia University.

Early in his career, he interviewed visiting dignitaries for the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

He settled in the Washington area in 1954 and worked as a librarian for the Rand Corp. and the National Library of Medicine.

For most of the 1960s, he was chief librarian at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

His avocations included playing the piano, genealogy, train travel and gardening.

His memberships included St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Irma Krompasky Weaver of Silver Spring; two daughters, Barbara Johns of Davis, Calif., and Lorraine Covell of Scituate, Mass.; a brother, Donald Weaver of Oklahoma City; a sister, Laura Huff of North Potomac; and three grandsons.

Jack Everett Teare

Building Supply Salesman

Jack Everett Teare, 66, who sold building supplies for 25 years, died Aug. 9 of diabetes at his vacation home in Ocean City. His primary residence was in Bethesda.

Mr. Teare came to the Washington area in 1961 and was manager of the banquet department of the Statler Hilton Hotel. In 1965, he joined United Clay Products Co. in Washington as a salesman. He took a similar position with United Materials and Services Inc. in Vienna in 1969, working there until he retired in 1990.

He was born in Grove City, Pa., and graduated from high school in Puerto Rico, where his father supervised construction of a hotel. He attended the Fenn College of Engineering at Cleveland State University in Ohio. He served in the Marines from 1957 to 1961, reaching the rank of gunnery sergeant.

Mr. Teare was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda. He coached girls' and boys' basketball at his church for 14 years and coached football with the Maplewood Sports Association in Bethesda for eight years.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Ann Teare of Bethesda and Ocean City; two daughters, Shannon Millett of Bethesda and Haley Lombardo of Kensington; two sons, John Teare of Kensington and Keegin Teare of Rockville; his mother, Irene Teare of Phoenix; two sisters; and three grandchildren.