John W. Reed

Construction Worker

John W. Reed, 62, a longtime construction worker, died of cancer Aug. 15 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Reed was born in Hartwell, Ga., and moved to the District when he was 17. He graduated from Armstrong High School in 1959 and began construction work soon afterward. He worked for Universal Building Supplies, makers of scaffolding, and for Corman Construction Co. in Annapolis before retiring this year.

Mr. Reed's chief interest in life was his family.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Beatrice H. Reed of Washington; two children, Cedric Reed of Silver Spring and Gwendolyn Harris of Landover; his mother, Mary Reed Carter of Hyattsville; four grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Peterson of Silver Spring; and a brother, Robert Reed of Hyattsville.

Olga Marie Manganiello

Music Store Bookkeeper

Olga Marie Manganiello, 91, a former bookkeeper with the Kitts Music Store in Washington and in Virginia, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 14 at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster.

Mrs. Manganiello was born in Boston, where she went to business school in the early 1930s. She moved to the District after her marriage to Albert Manganiello in the mid-1930s. Mr. Manganiello died in 1974.

For the first several years of her marriage, Mrs. Manganiello was a homemaker. She went to work with what was later called Jordan Kitts Music in 1955 and retired in 1981. She lived in the District until 1971, when she moved to Merrifield.

In retirement, Mrs. Manganiello was active with several churches, including St. Philip Catholic Church in Falls Church, St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Fairfax and St. Mark's Catholic Church in Vienna. She moved to Sykesville, Md., in 1981 to live with her daughter.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Lynn von Loetzen Bennie of Sykesville and Violet Benden of Eldersburg, Md.; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Gertrude 'Trudy' Gartenhaus

Former Census Bureau Employee

Gertrude "Trudy" Gartenhaus, 87, a longtime Suitland resident and former employee with the Census Bureau, died Aug. 11 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Potomac Valley Nursing Home in Rockville. She lived in Suitland for 42 years, until 2002.

Mrs. Gartenhaus was born in Lynn, Mass., and moved to the Washington area in 1942. She worked intermittently for several government agencies in the early years of her marriage, in 1942, and then worked as a homemaker until the death of her husband, Jack D. Gartenhaus, in 1964. She worked for the Census Bureau until 1986, when she retired as a statistical assistant.

From 1992 to 1997, she took classes at Prince George's Community College, where she especially enjoyed her advanced Italian classes. She made straight A's and dreamed of going to Italy. She also played the piano, loved crossword puzzles and classical music, and, in the words of daughter Sandy Gartenhaus, "knew her operas inside out." Her favorite was "Carmen."

She also was politically active, with a particular interest in the environment and in issues affecting older people, and was involved with several organizations dealing with the care and treatment of animals, especially cats. She was a member of Shir Tikvah congregation in Temple Hills before it merged with the Nevey Shalom congregation in Bowie.

Survivors include her daughter, of Greenbelt; and a sister, Dorothy Goldklang of Falls Church.

Henry B. Taliaferro Jr.

Johnson Administration Official

Henry B. "Boots" Taliaferro Jr., 72, a former Washington lawyer who served in President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration in the 1960s, died Aug. 4 of heart disease at his home in Oklahoma City.

Mr. Taliaferro's career involved counseling and representing clients before both houses of Congress, federal regulatory and executive agencies, foreign governments and the Oklahoma legislature and state agencies.

He moved to Washington in 1967 to serve as director of congressional relations in the Johnson administration. He served briefly as executive director of the President's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, commonly called the Kerner Commission after its chairman, Governor Otto Kerner of Illinois. He also was appointed associate solicitor for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.

In 1969, he founded the Washington office and practice of the New York-London law firm of Casey, Lane & Mittendorf and served as managing partner for that office until 1980. He worked on the Alaska Native's Claim Act, a law intended to indemnify Native Alaskans for losing ancestral lands.

He counseled the State Department in drafting and negotiating the U.S./Canadian Hydrocarbon Throughput Treaty.

Over the years, he was an adviser and confidant to Vice President Walter Mondale and U.S. Sens. Fred Harris (D-Okla.), A.S. Mike Monroney (D-Okla.) and Charles S. Robb (D-Va.). He also served on the Fairfax County Planning Commission from 1972 to 1973.

Mr. Taliaferro was born in Shawnee, Okla. He received a bachelor's degree and, in 1956, a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and was managing editor of the Oklahoma Law Review.

Early in his career, he was a partner in the firm of Monnet, Hayes & Bullis in Oklahoma City. In 1966, he was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and was the founding executive director of the Legal Services Program in Oklahoma County. He also was a consultant to the Office of Economic Opportunity in establishing legal services programs in other states.

In 1980, after returning to Oklahoma City, he became executive vice president and general counsel of the GHK Cos., a natural gas exploration and production company. In 1987, he became counsel to the Kerr, Irvine & Rhodes law firm.

Mr. Taliaferro served as chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board and was a member of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. He was an official representative to the United Nations World Energy Conference in Nairobi. He was appointed by then-governor Robb to be a delegate to the Southeast U.S./Japan Association conferences in Kyoto and in the United States.

His marriage to Janet M. Taliaferro ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, whom he married in 1987, Patricia Shoemaker Taliaferro of Oklahoma City; three children from his first marriage, Sarah T. de Leon of Leesburg, Henry B. Taliaferro III of Los Angeles and William N. Taliaferro of Leesburg; and five grandchildren.

Gordon S. Carlson

Journalist

Gordon S. Carlson, 68, a retired journalist, died of complications from emphysema July 30 at a nursing home in Wallace, Mich., where he had lived since September.

Mr. Carlson, a native of Grand Forks, N.D., and graduate of the University of Minnesota, worked for more than 30 years on Capitol Hill for an agriculture newsletter published by Doanes Publishing Co. of St. Louis.

He was a musician and performed as a vocalist and instrumentalist as well as serving as the first director of the McLean Choral Society. During his years in the Washington area, he lived in Burke and Delaplane.

His wife, Gayle Carlson, died in 2003.

Survivors include a son, David Carlson of Stephenson, Mich.; two daughters, Catherine Roseman of North Richland Hills, Tex., and Deborah Carlson of Burke.