Wendell G. Mohling
Science Educator, Executive
Wendell G. Mohling, 61, who was associate executive director for professional programs at the National Science Teachers Association, died of complications from a stroke Aug. 17 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Vienna.
Dr. Mohling had served as NSTA president from 1992 to 1993 and was considered a champion of aerospace education.
Since 1993, he oversaw the planning of regional and national conventions and was responsible for strengthening NSTA membership and developing programs for science educators.
Dr. Mohling joined with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop and administer many of NASA's education programs. He worked with the space science program at Anne Beers Elementary School in Southeast Washington, which was part of NASA's Explorer Schools program.
In 1985, he was selected as the Kansas finalist in NASA's Teacher in Space Program. He was a charter member of the Teacher in Space Education Foundation, which merged with the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in 1987. He also was a teacher liaison with the National Space Youth Congress.
Dr. Mohling also played a leadership role in Space Day, an educational initiative that aims to promote science, math, technology and engineering education.
He was born in Fairbury, Neb., and graduated from Peru State College in Nebraska. He received a master's degree in natural science from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas.
He began his 30-year teaching career as a biology and general science teacher in Scribner, Neb., then worked in various schools in Shawnee Mission and Olathe, Kan.
He was instrumental in developing the National Science Education Standards as a member of the National Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment.
He received many awards, including the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1983, the first year the awards were given, and the first Christa McAuliffe Fellowship in Kansas in 1987.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Carol Mohling of Vienna; a daughter, Maria Alatna Mohling of Lawrence, Kan.; one brother; and three sisters.
Mary Fein Shulman
Dental Assistant, Volunteer
Mary Fein Shulman, 86, who worked from the late 1930s to the early 1950s as an assistant at her husband's dental practice in Washington, died Sept. 4 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Potomac, where she lived. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Shulman was born in Brighton Beach, N.Y., and settled in the Washington area in 1939.
She did volunteer work for the United Jewish Appeal, American Red Cross and Meridian House. She was a member of Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women and the women's auxiliary of the Maimonides Dental Society.
Her husband, Dr. Israel "Sonnie" Shulman, whom she married in 1939, died in 1998.
Survivors include three sons, Lawrence A. Shulman of Potomac, Dr. Neil B. Shulman of Decatur, Ga., and Dr. Stanley E. Shulman of Washington; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Rosemarie Mullany Goldsmith, 84, a teacher's aide in the 1970s in the English department at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, died Sep. 1 at Renaissance Gardens nursing home at the Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield. She had Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Mrs. Goldsmith, a longtime Fairfax County resident, was born in Chico, Calif., and raised in San Francisco.
After graduating from Stanford University in 1942, she became a reporter at what became United Press International wire service. She primarily covered the House of Representatives before leaving the job in the early 1950s.
After working at T.C. Williams, she briefly did administrative work for the National School Volunteer Program.
Her husband, John A. Goldsmith, whom she married in 1948, died in January. He was a former Fairfax County School Board chairman.
Survivors include two sons, Alan Goldsmith of Alexandria and Gregory Goldsmith of Falls Church.
Alfred E. Simons Jr.
Alfred Edgar Simons Jr., 85, a Washington resident who taught in the D.C. public school system from 1946 to 1968, died Aug. 13 at Prince George's Community Hospital of complications from diabetes.
Dr. Simons taught at J.C. Nalle and Richardson elementary schools early in his career. His last job in schools was counseling at Adams Morgan Elementary.
From the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, he was a manpower development specialist on equal opportunity matters for the Labor Department. He then spent several years working at Prince George's Community College as director of a program to help people leave the welfare system.
He was born in Columbia, S.C., and raised in Washington. He was a graduate of Armstrong High School and Miner Teachers College, and in 1956 he received a doctorate in education from Columbia University.
During World War II, he served in the Army in North Africa and Italy. He also organized a swing band for the military and played piano, saxophone and clarinet.
His marriage to Marion Moody Simons ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Princess Josephine Simons of Washington; two sons from his first marriage, Alfred E. Simons III of Washington and Steven Kemble Simons of Houston; three brothers, William Simons of Washington, Kemble Simons of Cincinnati and Mills McDaniel Simons of Takoma Park; and two sisters, Josephine S. Wade of Silver Spring and Phyllis S. Ferguson of Seattle.
Constance H.C. Drummer
NPR Staff Member
Constance Herbert Chancellor Drummer, 74, a press liaison for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign and a former member of the production staff of National Public Radio, died Sept. 1 at Suburban Hospital of endocarditis. She was a Bethesda resident.
Mrs. Drummer was born in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan for two years.
She was the first wife of veteran NBC newsman John Chancellor. She was a copy girl and he a copy boy at the Chicago Sun-Times when they met in 1949. They married the next year. After their divorce in 1958, she worked for Irv Kupcinet, longtime newspaper columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, for nine years. She also worked briefly on the staff for the Ann Landers advice column.
She moved to Washington in 1967 so her daughter, Mary, could be closer to her father. She joined Kennedy's campaign staff shortly thereafter and was with him at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night he was assassinated. Mr. Chancellor died in 1996.
She joined NPR in 1974 and worked for the next 18 years, except for a brief period, on "All Things Considered" and later "Weekend Edition," booking interviews and doing research. Mrs. Drummer was passionate about politics. She liked to recall that in 1963, she took the train south to Alabama and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and John Lewis from Selma to Montgomery. She also was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
In addition to her daughter from her first marriage, Mary Chancellor of Santa Monica, survivors include her husband of 24 years, Paul Drummer of Chevy Chase; three stepchildren; two brothers; and six grandchildren.