John Shay Parker


John Shay Parker, 61, a Washington area lawyer who specialized in real estate tax and estate and business planning, died Aug. 31 of cardiac arrest at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

From 1985 to 2000, Mr. Parker was a senior partner of the firm of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake in Greenbelt. He semi-retired four years ago and moved from Silver Spring to Chapin, S.C., while remaining as counsel to the firm's corporate and tax group.

He previously worked at Horowitz, Oneglia, Goldstein, Foran & Parker, a College Park firm he joined in 1975.

Mr. Parker, who was a Washington native, graduated from Takoma Academy and briefly drove a school bus. He served in the Army from 1962 to 1964.

Mr. Parker received a business administration degree in 1970 and a law degree in 1973 from the University of Maryland. While in law school, he was on the moot court board, and served as a justice and treasurer of the law society. He received an award for outstanding service to the school from the Phi Alpha Delta law society in 1972. He took a George Washington University course in advanced taxation in 1974.

In 1991, Mr. Parker received a transplanted kidney from his younger brother, James Thompson Parker. The transplant was performed by Dr. Stephen T. Bartlett at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The brothers appeared in a public service film discussing living donor transplantation that aired on television.

He was a former member of Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Caroline McGill Parker of Chapin; two children, Caroline Shay Parker of Gaston, S.C., and Jeanette Soo Mee Parker of Baltimore; a brother of Stevensville, Md.; and a granddaughter.

Lois May Gardner Newman

Volunteer and Church Member

Lois May Gardner Newman, 92, a volunteer and church member, died after a fall of a subdural hematoma Aug. 25 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. She lived in Arlington.

Mrs. Newman was born in Louisburg, Kan., and attended Huff Business College in Kansas City. She worked at the Department of Agriculture in St. Louis and in 1934 moved to Washington to work as a tabulating machine operator for the Bureau of Public Roads.

Mrs. Newman was a member of First Baptist Church of Clarendon and taught Sunday school there for many years. She was also a den mother to Cub Scouts, worked with the church's outreach efforts to Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees and served with a ministry at Camelot Nursing Home in Cherrydale.

Her husband, Allan L.C. Newman, died in 1976.

Survivors include five children, Perry A. Newman of Newport News, Va., Beth N. Frohme of Houston, Robert C. Newman of Hatfield, Pa., James I. Newman of Arlington and Ellen N. Stempler of Vienna; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Martha C. Hicks


Martha C. Hicks, 94, a retired secretary, died of cardiovascular disease Aug. 21 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She was a Washington resident.

Mrs. Hicks was born in Rockland, Mich., and worked in Michigan for the Agriculture Department until moving to Washington in 1938.

She then worked for the Public Works Administration and the Internal Revenue Service until 1944. She took a four-year break and resumed her career at the IRS until 1955, when she transferred to the Department of Justice, working in the tax division until 1963. She then moved to the Solicitor General's Office, where she stayed until retiring in 1977.

She was a member of Catholic Church of the Annunciation of Washington.

She was married to Dr. Theodore S. Crosby, who died in 1941. Her second husband, Frank P. Hicks, died in 1955.

Survivors include four stepgrandchildren.