Charles Vincent Kidd

Economist, Science Policy Expert

Charles Vincent Kidd, 90, an expert on science policy and a former professor of public policy at George Washington University, died Sept. 12 of Parkinson's disease at Maplewood Park Place in Bethesda.

He had lived in Bethesda from 1946 to 1968, when he moved to the District, where he lived on Connecticut Avenue until moving to Park Place four years ago.

Dr. Kidd was born in Paulsboro, N.J. He received a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in economics, both from Princeton. He received a doctorate in public administration from Harvard University in 1957.

He moved to the District in 1937, and he was in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. He spent most of his tour of duty at the White House, working as an economist for the war mobilization board.

From 1949 to 1964, he was chief of the Office of Research Planning at the National Institutes of Health, as well as the associate director for the Office of International Planning.

In 1964, he moved to the White House, where he served as executive secretary of the Federal Council for Science and Technology in the Office of Science and Technology. He left government service in 1968.

That year he became executive secretary of the Association of American Universities. He also worked as a research professor at George Washington University, where he was associated with the graduate program in science, technology and public policy. He retired in 1980.

Dr. Kidd is the author of the book "American Universities and Federal Research," as well as numerous articles on science policy. He received the Rockefeller Public Service Award in 1955 and the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1964.

In the years following his retirement, he served as member and chair of a number of U.S. delegations to the United Nations, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Organization of American States and was a consultant to those organizations on education, science and technology issues. He also was a consultant to numerous private organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the Ford Foundation and Education and World Affairs.

Dr. Kidd retired again in 1990 and took up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and in international waters. At age 79, he joined friends on voyages to the Adriatic and the Mediterranean seas.

A man who took comedy seriously, he taught a course on American humor for American University's Institute for Learning in Retirement.

Dr. Kidd's wife, Blanche Hoover, died in 1997.

Survivors include two sons, David Kidd of San Diego and Stephen Kidd of Fairfax; a sister, Jean Dunham of Seaford, Del.; a brother, Robert Kidd of Fairfax; and one granddaughter.

Thomas M. Amatucci

Car Dealer, Businessman

Thomas M. "Tom" Amatucci, 82, who was a car dealer and bank founder before retiring as a car salesman, died of complications related to cancer Sept. 4 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. He lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Mr. Amatucci was an active member of the greater Washington business community for more than 50 years. After World War II, he worked with his father and brother to open a car dealership in Wheaton. In the 1960s, he opened one of the first car dealerships, Tom's Chevrolet, in Silver Hill in Prince George's County. In the mid-1960s, he opened Amatucci Chrysler-Plymouth in Upper Marlboro.

Also in the mid-1960s, Mr. Amatucci was a founder and member of the board of Citizens Bank of Maryland and Southern Maryland Bank & Trust, which are now part of Bank of America. He left banking in 1970.

After selling his car dealerships in 1979, Mr. Amatucci remained active in the automobile business as a salesman at Coleman Cadillac in Bethesda and later at Moore Cadillac in Vienna, from which he retired in 2000. He participated in the Washington Auto Show for 45 consecutive years.

Mr. Amatucci was born in Salem, Mass., and had lived in the Washington area for 79 years. He graduated from what was then St. John's College High School in Washington and American University with a bachelor's degree in economics.

In 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He attended officer candidate school at Quantico, Md., and served in the Pacific Theater, seeing action in Saipan and Okinawa, Japan. He was among the first American troops to enter Nagasaki, Japan, after World War II. He rose to the rank of captain and was awarded a Purple Heart.

Mr. Amatucci was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War post in Stevensville, Md.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou Amatucci of Silver Spring; three sons, Thomas W. Amatucci of Stevensville, Richard C. Amatucci of Potomac and Patrick J. Amatucci of Hagerstown, Md.; one grandson; and a brother.

Terrence Allan Sidley

Alexandria Lawyer

Terrence Allan Sidley, 67, who owned and operated a general law practice in Alexandria from 1973 to 1991, died Sept. 9 at Marian Manor nursing home in Stafford. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Sidley, an Alexandria resident, was born in Akron, Ohio. He was a 1957 economics graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio and a 1968 graduate of Georgetown University law school.

Early in his career, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. He settled in the Washington area in 1964 and was a budget management analyst for Fairfax County in the office of the county executive.

He worked at the Alexandria law firm of Cohen, Hirschkop, Hall and Jackson, focusing on civil rights, civil liberties and military draft law.

From 1971 to 1973, he was director of the Native American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

He was a former president and board member of Alexandria's Legal Aid Corp. He was a former board member of the Indian Law Resource Center.

He continued to travel worldwide and in 1990 tried to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, but a leg injury cut the trek short.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Jean Chambers Sidley, and two children, Scott Takwa "Taki" Sidley and Jennifer Anne Sidley, all of Alexandria; and two sisters.

Sarah S. Hall


Sarah S. Hall, 79, a teacher at John F. Cook Elementary School for more than two decades, died of heart disease Sept. 8 at her home in the District.

Mrs. Hall was born in Gaffney, S.C., and in high school played point guard on the basketball team. She graduated from South Carolina State University and taught in Allendale, S.C., before moving to the District in 1951.

She stayed at home until her two children were school age, then began teaching first grade at Cook Elementary in 1962. She retired in 1985.

In retirement, she tutored first-graders at Barnard Elementary School and remained active at Bibleway Church in the District. When Mrs. Hall first moved to the District, her mother was chief cook at Bibleway, and on many Sundays she worked at her mother's side.

Mrs. Hall's husband, Ben Hall, died in 1987.

Survivors include two children, Harold Hall and Jacqueline A. Hall, both of the District; two brothers, William Joseph of Norwalk, Conn., and Robert Joseph of the District; and one grandchild.

Janet Lee Hansen Thomas

Home and Hospital Instructor

Janet Lee Hansen Thomas, 77, a former home and hospital instructor for the Montgomery County Public Schools, died Sept. 8 of cancer at her Hagerstown, Md., home.

Mrs. Thomas was born in Burlington, Iowa, and graduated from Burlington High School in 1945. She received her bachelor's degree from the State University of Iowa in 1949.

She worked for the county welfare department as a social worker while living in Des Moines from 1945 to 1950 and moved to Bethesda in 1954 when her husband took a job with the Montgomery County Public Schools. She lived in Bethesda and Gaithersburg before moving to Hagerstown in 1989.

As a home and hospital instructor from 1968 to 1983, she tutored Montgomery County students who, because of illness or other circumstances, could not attend school regularly.

A member of the Episcopal Church, she was involved in numerous volunteer activities in retirement. She was chairwoman of the library committee and Sunday school superintendent at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown and president of Daughters of the King.

She also worked as a volunteer with the Attic Thrift Shop at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg, the Hagerstown Community College Athletic Department, the St. John's Family Shelter, the SHARE Food Network, Habitat for Humanity, the Association of American University Women and the Mitten Shop at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport, Md.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Douglas Thomas of Hagerstown; four children, Susan T. Straus of Rockville, David T. Thomas of Germantown, Carol T. Burlingame of Dillon, Mont., and Ann Andrex of Frederick; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

John Laurence Albright


John Laurence Albright, 51, a self-employed marketer for area hotels who retired on disability for a neurological ailment around 2000, died Sept. 9 at his home in Oxon Hill. He had arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Mr. Albright was born in Washington and raised in Beltsville, where he was a graduate of High Point High School. Early in his career, he did marketing work for Marriott hotels.

His hobbies including raising English bulldogs and playing the tuba.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Linda A. Iverson and Robert Iverson of Williamsburg; a sister, Suzanne Albright of Silver Spring; and a brother, Thomas Albright of Del Mar, Calif.

Viola Bergstrom


Viola Bergstrom, 92, an artist who lived for many years in the Washington area, died Aug. 28 of dementia at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the time of her death, she was living in Cedar Rapids with her daughter, formerly of Fairfax City.

Mrs. Bergstrom was born in McVille, N.D., and moved to Pekin, N.D., in the early 1930s. The mother of four children, she painted in her spare time, mostly landscapes and still lifes. She lived in the District from 1968 to 1976 and from 1982 to 1995.

She continued painting and also traveling. Her son was a Foreign Service officer before his death in 1988, and he helped her arrange trips to Europe and Africa and throughout North America. She moved to Iowa in 1995.

Mrs. Bergstrom's husband, Henry Bergstrom, died in 1966.

Survivors include three daughters, Carmen Bergstrom Thorpe of Cedar Rapids and Mary Bergstrom and Sylvia Bergstrom, both of the District; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Wallace D. Holman

Former DuPont Executive

Wallace D. Holman, 84, a former DuPont Co. managing director, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 5 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Holman worked for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. from 1940 to 1978. He served as assistant plant manager of DuPont textile fiber plants in Waynesboro, Va., and in Camden, S.C., and as plant manager in Old Hickory, Tenn., and Martinsville, Va. He later became the managing director of DuPont's operations in the Netherlands and was responsible for five chemical plants in the Benelux countries before moving to senior management positions in Wilmington, Del.

He was born in Friendsville, Md. At 16, he went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on a scholarship. He graduated in 1940 with a degree in chemical engineering and moved to Waynesboro to work for DuPont. He served in the Army in Panama during World War II.

After the war, he returned to Waynesboro, where the family remained until 1964. He served as a deacon and an elder in the Presbyterian Church and was chairman of the building committee that constructed the Westminster Presbyterian Church there. He was a Mason for 50 years.

Mr. Holman retired to Annapolis in 1978, where he took up fishing and caring for the endangered swans that would migrate from Alaska to winter on the South River behind the family's home. He was an active member of the Wildfowl Trust of North America in Grasonville, Md. He moved to Arlington in 1994.

His wife of 57 years, Rosalie Shimek Holman, died in 1998.

Survivors include four children, Dr. Paul Holman of Phoenix, Mark Holman of Cape Coral, Fla., John Holman of McLean and Susan Holman McShane of Alexandria; and three grandsons.

Antigone Andrea Ross

Club President

Antigone Andrea Peterson Ross, 86, a diplomat's wife and former president of two cultural and educational organizations, the Spanish-Portuguese Study Group and Welcome to Washington International Club, died Sept. 8 at her home in Washington. She had a heart ailment.

Mrs. Ross, known as Andrea, was a Los Angeles native and a 1940 magna cum laude French graduate of the University of Southern California.

In 1940, she married Claude G. "Tony" Ross and accompanied him on his Foreign Service assignments. He was ambassador to the Central African Republic, Haiti and Tanzania. They settled in the Washington area in 1974.

Mrs. Ross spoke English, Greek, French, Spanish and Italian.

Besides her husband, of Washington, survivors include two sons, Christopher W.S. Ross, a former U.S. ambassador now on a government assignment in Baghdad, and Geoffrey F. Ross of Honolulu; and a grandson.