Sister Mary O'Callaghan

Social Justice Lobbyist

Sister Mary O'Callaghan, 89, who worked in Washington for Network, the Catholic social justice lobby, from 1974 to 1985, died of a stroke Aug. 30 at Oakwood Convent of the Sacred Heart in Atherton, Calif. She had lived there since 1998.

Sister O'Callaghan, a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart Catholic order, lived with other nuns from her order in the Sursum Corda housing complex on North Capitol Street in Northwest. The complex was established by nuns in 1969. She also lectured on world religions at American University and served as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

She was the Washington representative on the National Assembly of Religious Women.

Sister O'Callaghan was born in Fort Myers, Fla., and grew up in Lafayette, La. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Maryville University in St. Louis, a master's degree in history from St. Louis University and a doctorate in history and political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1942.

During the 1940s and 1950s, she taught at Catholic high schools in St. Louis and Louisiana.

Before moving to Washington, she was an associate professor at Maryville University, a school founded by her religious order, from 1958 to 1971. She then taught for two years at a teacher training college and at a seminary in Uganda.

After returning to the United States, she was awarded a research fellowship to Yale Divinity School, where she studied African Christianity.

Prior to moving to California, she spent the last 13 years of her active ministry serving at her order's national headquarters in St. Louis.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Maudie Sue Barham

Hyattsville Teacher

Maudie Sue Barham, 71, a former physical education teacher at Chillum Elementary School in Hyattsville, died of brain cancer Aug. 27 at her home in Severna Park.

Mrs. Barham taught in Prince George's County schools from 1965 to 1993. She was a disciplinarian and coach who also enjoyed teaching students new dances. She felt she made her greatest contribution at Chillum Elementary, her husband said, where she worked from 1968 to 1993. She also worked at Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie.

Mrs. Barham was born in rural Dean, Ark. She was a star athlete in high school and scored 32 points in a basketball game her final year. She married after high school and graduated from Arkansas State University while expecting her fourth child in 1961.

In the early 1960s, she and her husband taught the children of staff members from the University of Oklahoma who worked at the Jimma Agricultural Technical School in Ethiopia. She also taught in Maine in 1964.

She took graduate classes at the University of Maryland and Bowie State University.

Mrs. Barham enjoyed sports and dancing. She loved playing bridge and Rook and was a competitive player in family games.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Grover M. Barham Sr. of Severna Park; four children, John A. Barham of Bowie, E. Ruth Barham of Severna Park, Grover M. Barham Jr. of Chincoteague, Va., and Geoffrey Dean Barham Sr. of Millersville; a brother; two sisters; and seven grandchildren.

Frank Laws Reifsnyder


Frank Laws Reifsnyder, 55, a Washington architect, died Sept. 2 at Washington Hospital Center of complications from a stroke. He lived in the District.

After beginning his career with the architectural firm of Hugh Newell Jacobsen, Mr. Reifsnyder had a solo practice in recent years. Among his projects, he assisted on the restoration of the Oyster School in Northwest Washington.

A native of Washington, he graduated from the Landon School in Bethesda and the University of Virginia.

He received a master's degree in art and architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Washington and the Metropolitan Club.

His marriage to Sarah Hall ended in divorce.

Survivors include two daughters, Ann C. Reifsnyder of Boulder, Colo., and Elizabeth E. Reifsnyder of Berkeley, Calif.; his parents, C. Frank and Nancy Laws Reifsnyder of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and two brothers, Daniel Alan Reifsnyder of Alexandria and Jeremy Evans Reifsnyder of New Canaan, Conn.