Donald M. Lynn
Donald M. Lynn, 80, a retired Naval Reserve lieutenant commander and a counterintelligence analyst with the National Security Agency, died Aug. 13 at Washington Hospital Center of complications after a heart attack. He lived in Rockville.
He was born in the District, the son of two native Washingtonians, and grew up on Capitol Hill, where he lived above the former Padgett Print Shop, owned by his mother's family. Mr. Lynn graduated from Eastern High School. He briefly attended Wilson Teachers College and worked at the Army Map Service before joining the Navy in 1943.
During World War II, he attended Navy college programs at St. Lawrence University and Columbia University in New York, until he was commissioned as an ensign. He served in Alaska, Japan, the Pacific islands and China. After the war, he attended George Washington University on the GI Bill and graduated in 1949 with an accounting degree. He stayed active in the Naval Reserve as an intelligence officer and retired as a lieutenant commander in 1970.
During his civil service career, he was a special agent with the FBI from 1950 to 1952; counterintelligence analyst and special agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence from 1952 to 1959; security officer at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from 1959 to 1963; and counterintelligence analyst and security officer with the National Security Agency until his retirement in 1976.
He then began a second career, working for five years as an international air courier for Brinks, followed by six years as a background investigator under contract to the federal government. After his final retirement in 1987, he volunteered for the Red Cross at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
In recent years, he enjoyed visiting with his family, attending concerts and school functions featuring his grandchildren, playing poker with old friends and watching Washington Redskins games with his dog, Kodiak.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Matuska Lynn of Rockville; four children, David Lynn and Donna Levin, both of Rockville, Martha Weaver of Silver Spring and Christina Lynn of Gaithersburg; one brother; and five grandchildren.
Nancy Rhett, 58, an education analyst in the Policy and Program Studies Service at the U.S. Department of Education, died of cancer Aug. 7 at her home in the District.
Ms. Rhett believed that rigorous evaluation was vital in both education and public administration. Her experimental work to evaluate the Even Start Program more than half a decade ago is still cited as a model of what the department is trying to accomplish.
Ms. Rhett was born in Atlanta and graduated from Duke University with a degree in history in 1968. She received a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University in 1975.
From 1968 to 1975, she was grants project officer for the Office of Education, then a part of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She handled 25 demonstration projects in career education for the Northeast, the Southwest and the Northwest.
In 1975, she was promoted to management analyst, and her assignments included a study of the program management procedures of the Division of Local Educational Agency Assistance in the Office of Indian Education.
In 1977, she joined the U.S. Department of Education as a budget analyst. She held this position until 1986, by which time the job had evolved into coordinator of evaluation and policy analysis for the budget division. In this position, she worked on evaluations of the Bilingual Education Evaluation and Dissemination centers, the Women's Educational Equity Act program, the Title IV Civil Rights Act program and the alcohol and drug abuse education program.
From 1986 to 1994, she served as an evaluation analyst in the Office of the Under Secretary of Planning and Evaluation Service at the Department of Education. Her primary responsibilities were as the senior program analyst in the Postsecondary, Adult and Vocational Division.
She designed and managed small- and large-scale evaluation studies, including a major study of Even Start, a program designed to improve educational opportunities for low-income families by integrating intensive early childhood education, adult literacy and adult basic education. She also participated in developing a national booklet on AIDS education.
From 1994 to 1998, she was a strategic planning coordinator for the Strategic and Annual Plans Division at the Department of Education, working on implementing the Government Performance and Results Act. In 1999, she became the program manager for the Reading Excellence program, a competitive program of grants to state education agencies for education reform in grades K-3 in high-poverty or low-performing schools.
At the time of her death, Ms. Rhett was a senior analyst at the Policy and Program Studies Service of the Department of Education, where she provided direction and guidance for a variety of studies and projects, including redesigning a national technology study.
Ms. Rhett was a lifelong Republican, a member of the International Reading Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, the American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluation Association. For several years, she tutored elementary and middle school children in the Friends of Tyler School program.
Survivors include her father, Albert Moore Rhett, and her brother, James Moore Rhett, both of Atlanta.
Louis Augustine MacKenzie
Louis Augustine MacKenzie, 87, an accounting executive who was appointed to the first board of trustees of Ford's Theatre after its 1968 re-opening, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 11 at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Mich. He was a resident of Birmingham, Mich.
Mr. MacKenzie was born in Groton, Conn., and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1941. He joined Haskins & Sells, a New York accounting firm, but was immediately drafted into the Army and assigned to the faculty of the Army Finance School. Discharged in 1946 as a captain, he returned to Haskins & Sells.
He moved to Detroit in 1966 as managing partner. There, his chief clients included General Motors, Uniroyal and Canada Dry.
Mr. MacKenzie moved to Washington in 1974 to set up the firm's national affairs office. His primary task was to strengthen Haskins & Sells' ties with governmental agencies and the Internal Revenue Service. In addition to his service on the Ford's Theatre board, he was a member of the Georgetown Club, the Army and Navy Club and the Capitol Hill Club. He retired in 1979.
He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for more than 50 years, serving on the organization's committee that formulated principles for the banking industry.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Swift MacKenzie of Birmingham; four children, Mary Anne MacKenzie of Ann Arbor, Mich., Louis A. MacKenzie Jr., of South Bend, Ind., John A. MacKenzie of Boston and Richard MacKenzie of Cincinnati; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters.
Joseph J. Zupnik
Joseph J. Zupnik, 95, a wholesale candy distributor, died after a heart attack Aug. 8 at his home in Chevy Chase.
Mr. Zupnik was a native Washingtonian. He attended McKinley Technical High School and left his senior year to join his father's wholesale candy and tobacco distribution company, Edward Zupnik & Sons. The firm, which sold chocolate candies from a horse-drawn cart along Pennsylvania Avenue before the street was paved, was the distributor for Schraff's candy and sold to department, drug and grocery stores in Washington, Maryland and Virginia.
The firm was sold to Standard Cigar and Tobacco Co. many years ago, and Mr. Zupnik continued to work for it until his retirement 30 years ago.
During World War II, Mr. Zupnik was a neighborhood air raid warden. He was a member of Woodmont Country Club, Adas Israel Congregation and Amity Club, where he was treasurer for more than 50 years. He also was a golfer, stamp collector and photographer.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Jeannette Levy Zupnik of Chevy Chase; two children, Stanley Zupnik of Bethesda and Florence Zupnik Wilder of Lynchburg, Va.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.