Ruth Hershfield Frank

Writer, Administrator, Paralegal

Ruth Hershfield Frank, 86, a retired writer, editor, administrator and paralegal, died Aug. 26 of injuries sustained in a fall in the family home in Washington.

Mrs. Frank, who had been a writer and editor in the 1950s at what is now George Mason University, worked for 21 years as deputy director and chief editor of the National Council for International Visitors, an organization sponsored by the State Department that helped official foreign visitors meet American professional counterparts in this country. She retired in 1983.

After retirement, Mrs. Frank received a paralegal certificate from George Washington University. She turned down several professional offers to volunteer for the AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly. At the same time, she was on the board of Youth for Understanding and was active in several programs at Temple Sinai.

She was born in New York City and received a degree from Barnard College in 1939. She married in 1941 and moved to the Washington area, living in Maryland, Arlington and then the District.

She was known as a helpful writer and editor, and she traveled widely in connection with her work, particularly to the Middle East and Asia.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Isaiah Frank, of Washington; two sons, Robert Frank of Boston and Kenneth Frank of Philadelphia; a sister; and two granddaughters.

Harris Lee Wayland

Real Estate Executive

Harris Lee Wayland, 82, a retired real estate executive and retail manager, died of cancer Aug. 22 at his home in Mason Neck.

Mr. Wayland, a native of Alexandria, attended the University of Virginia and, later, West Virginia and American universities. His college studies were interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the Army Air Forces in the Asiatic-Pacific theater. He was at Tinian Island when the USS Indianapolis delivered the first atomic bomb there July 26, 1945.

After the war, Mr. Wayland returned to college and then held various positions at the former department store Woodward & Lothrop's, becoming manager of the Bethesda and Alexandria stores and director of branch store planning.

In the early 1960s, he entered the real estate business with Monroe Development Corp. in Mount Vernon. He later became vice president of marketing for Pinewood Development, a builder of townhouses in Fairfax and Prince William counties. He worked part time for a variety of other real estate companies and retired in the early 1980s.

His daughter, Brenda Stevenson, died in 1995.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Carolinda Wayland of Mason Neck; a son, Robert Bruce Wayland of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Louise P. Quast

Patent Examiner

Louise P. Quast, 88, a retired patent examiner, died of femoral artery thrombosis Aug. 20 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. She lived in Arlington County.

Mrs. Quast was born in Gum Neck, N.C., and grew up in Richmond. She graduated from West Hampton College in 1937 and worked for Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich., until she joined the U.S. Patent Office in the Department of Commerce as an organic chemistry patent examiner.

She and her husband moved to the Washington area in 1945. She was the acting division chief upon her retirement in 1972.

Mrs. Quast was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Arlington.

Her husband of 61 years, Theodore E. Quast, died in 2000.

Survivors include a son, Theodore E. Quast Jr. of Jacksonville, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

Ruth Hershfield Frank became a paralegal after she retired in 1983.