Virginia Grace Worthington
Savings and Loan Branch Manager
Virginia Grace Worthington, 80, former manager of a savings and loan branch in Northern Virginia, died Sept. 18 of sepsis at Manor Care Fair Oaks, a Fairfax County nursing home.
Mrs. Worthington, who was known as Ginger, managed a Fairfax branch of Continental Federal Savings Bank from 1968 to 1976. She also spent 20 years as a tax adviser to senior citizens.
She was born in Duran, N.M., and had lived in Fairfax County since 1962.
She was a member of the Virginia Native Plant Society and the Army Navy Country Club in Fairfax and was a volunteer at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Her first marriage, to E.T. Nicoley, ended in divorce.
Her husband of 44 years, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Everett M. Worthington, died in 1992.
Survivors include two children from the second marriage, Sharron R. Elsen of Fairfax and retired Air Force Col. Robert G. Worthington of Tampa; a stepdaughter, Pamela McBride of Eugene, Ore.; one sister; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Car Salesman and Youth Boxing Supporter
Frank DeCola, 63, a Fairfax car salesman and manager who was a youth boxing promoter in his spare time, died Sept. 20 of complications from diabetes at Fair Oaks Hospital. He lived in Fairfax.
Mr. DeCola was born in Washington and graduated from Anacostia High School in 1958. He served in the Army as a military policeman from 1959 to 1963 and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1964.
He came back to Washington that same year and began selling cars. He worked for various dealerships in the area, in both sales and management, until his retirement in 2003 as sales manager with J. Koons Pontiac in Fairfax.
Mr. DeCola's passion was youth boxing. He regarded the sport as a worthy athletic endeavor that helped keep youngsters off the streets and out of trouble. In partnership with his father, Humphrey DeCola, who had boxed semi-professionally, he helped with training, promoting and organizing bouts through the Hillcrest Heights Boxing Club in Hillcrest Heights, from 1960 until 2000.
Mr. DeCola's first marriage, to Arduth DeCola, ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Kathryn DeCola of Fairfax; a daughter from a previous relationship, Amy Claire deCola Pierce of Dallas; a daughter from his first marriage, Daniella DeCola of Baltimore; and a brother, Charles DeCola of La Plata.
James T. Warns
Navy Captain and Lawyer
James T. Warns, 89, a retired Navy captain and a lawyer, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 11 at his home in Arlington.
Capt. Warns was the first director of the Navy-Marine Corps Judiciary Activity, based in Washington, before his 1968 retirement. At that time, the group supplied legal officers for all general courts-martial in the Navy and Marine Corps. Capt. Warns himself served as a military judge in some cases.
He was born in Lime City, Ohio, and grew up in Blissfield, Mich. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from its law school in 1941. He worked briefly for a Detroit law firm before applying for a commission in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II.
He returned to Detroit to work at the law firm but reentered active duty with the Navy in 1946 and graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk. Capt. Warns served tours throughout the United States, including service in the Potomac River Naval Command, the district legal offices of the Ninth and Fourteenth Naval Districts, and the office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy.
After his military retirement, Capt. Warns served briefly as house counsel to the Buehler Corp. in Indianapolis. He subsequently devoted himself to managing his real estate interests in Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Florida.
In recent years, he was an active member of The Wesley Men of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington and Widowed Persons Services of Northern Virginia.
His wife of 53 years, Dorothy Elizabeth Vinton Porter Warns, died in 1996.
Survivors include two children, Jamie Warns Crowley of Towanda, Pa., and James T. Warns Jr. of Reston; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Martha Jane Kinney
Architect and Nurse
Martha Jane Kinney, 49, an architect and a registered nurse, died of thromboembolic disease Sept. 11 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
She had started a job two weeks ago as an intensive care nurse at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. For the previous eight years, she was a stay-at-home mother.
She used her creative instincts when knitting custom-designed sweaters, crocheting yarmulkes and hand-sewing dresses.
Mrs. Kinney, who was born in Glen Ridge, N.J., attended the University of Rochester in New York before moving to Washington in 1976. She worked as an administrative assistant at the Georgetown University law school and finished her bachelor's degree in architecture in 1993. She joined the Maryland State Highway Department as an architect.
This year, she received a second bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Maryland.
She was a member of Rockville's Congregation B'Nai Israel.
Her marriage to Jay Cohen ended in divorce.
Survivors include her husband of 11 years, Michael Kinney of Rockville; two children from her first marriage, Natan Cohen of Kensington and Kat Cohen of Silver Spring; a daughter from her second marriage, Sara Kinney of Rockville; her parents, Jane and Frank Kaepplein of Fairhaven, N.J.; two sisters; a brother; and a grandson.
Anne Nichols Miller
Club Member and Volunteer
Anne Nichols Miller, 80, a club member and fourth-generation Washingtonian, died Sept. 21 of a stroke at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.
Mrs. Miller was born in Washington and grew up in the Wesley Heights neighborhood near Foxhall Road. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and from the old Holton-Arms Junior College in the District.
She was a member of many clubs and volunteer organizations, including the Children's Hospital Bridge Marathon, a monthly gathering of bridge enthusiasts that raised money for Children's Hospital. She was also a member of the Good Will Guild, the Washington Club, the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, the Twentieth Century Club of Washington and the All Thumbs Garden Club of Bethesda.
Mrs. Miller was a longtime member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Bethesda, as well as St. Margaret's Guild, the church's women's service organization. She became a Bethesda resident in 1957.
Her husband, Louis A. Miller, whom she married in 1944, died in 1977.
A daughter, Diane Miller Buas, died in 1998.
Survivors include three children, Caroline Miller Tunison of Silver Spring, John H. Miller of Key Biscayne, Fla., and Richard L. Miller of Wheaton; and seven grandchildren.
John J. Buckley Jr.
Postal Service Analyst
John J. Buckley Jr., 81, a retired operations analyst with the U.S. Postal Service, died of heart disease Sept. 22 at the ManorCare nursing home in Chevy Chase.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Buckley graduated from the old Western High School and the University of Maryland at College Park. He served in the Navy during World War II and returned to Washington to work as a distributor for the old Washington Evening Star.
In 1953, he switched to Franklin Research Co., where he was a sales manager for the firm's industrial floor wax and detergents. After a short time, he co-founded Red Coats Inc., a contract cleaning company. In 1961, he joined the Postal Service, from which he retired after 25 years.
He was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda.
His wife, Margaret Bednar Buckley, died in 2000.
Survivors include five children, John Buckley of Chantilly, Michael Buckley of Alexandria, Margaret Giusti of Olney, James Buckley of Suitland and Marie Broring of Kensington; and six grandchildren.
Jerome Lathrop Loomis
Jerome Lathrop Loomis, 91, a retired lawyer who specialized in labor relations, wills and estates, died of a heart attack Sept. 6 at Sunrise Assisted Living Center in Alexandria, where he lived.
Mr. Loomis spent 40 years in private practice in Virginia, representing the Tile Contractors Association of America, the National Association of Decorative and Architectural Finishes and others. He also published the Bucktrout Report, a newsletter that advised and reported labor relations news in the ceramic tile and marble flooring industries. He retired in 1992.
Born in Evansville, Wis., Mr. Loomis earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and a master's degree in history from Northwestern University in Illinois. In 1950, he received a law degree from George Washington University.
He taught high school and served as a county coroner in Rock County, Wis. After the deaths of many of his former students at Pearl Harbor, he volunteered for the Army and served in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. Mr. Loomis was in charge of locating and evacuating U.S., British and European prisoners of war after hostilities ended in 1945, and through that work he met his future wife, a Dutch citizen who had been a Japanese POW in Indonesia.
He returned to the United States and settled in the Washington area, taking up a legal career.
He received the Carl V. Cesery Award from the Tile Contractors Association in 1984 for advocating management rights on tile flooring work sites. He was the former president of the George Washington chapter of Sons of the American Revolution and the Virginia Society of the National Huguenot Society.
He was a founder of Anglican Catholic Church of St. Margaret of Scotland in Alexandria in the late 1970s. He converted to Roman Catholicism in 1981.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Wilhelmina Tortike Loomis, and a son, John Henry Loomis, both of Alexandria.
Dina Danette Roll
Dina Danette Roll, 44, an interior designer in Washington for the past 12 years, died Aug. 31 at Inova Alexandria Hospital of acute kidney disease. She lived in Alexandria.
She began her career in 1982 as a marketing representative with the Government Systems Division of IBM Corp. in Arlington. In her free time, she helped design sets for local theaters, including the Springfield Community Theatre.
In 1992, Ms. Roll left IBM to begin a second career in interior design. She was with the Georgetown firms of Bartolomei & Co. and Room Doctors for more than 10 years. She worked on many residential projects throughout the area and had clients nationwide. Her work was featured in two of the Washington Design Center's Designer Show Houses and in several issues of Home & Design magazine, as well as the television program "Home Sweet Home."
In 2002, she joined the Kellogg Collection in Georgetown as a senior design associate. She worked there until her death.
Ms. Roll was a native of Boonsboro, Md., and a graduate of Frostburg State University.
She lived in Arlington County for 20 years before moving to Alexandria this year. She volunteered with the group Knock Out Abuse Against Women.
A year ago, she received a kidney transplant from her cousin, Ray Fuhrman of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and appeared to be in fine health until the day she died. She was planning to marry this fall.
Survivors include her fiance, Bart Harris of Alexandria; two sisters; and a brother.
John Lecroy Ayres
John Lecroy "Jack" Ayres, 65, a surveyor with Washington Gas Co., died Sept. 18 of leukemia at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.
He worked for Washington Gas, based in Springfield, from 1978 until his death. He was a baggage handler for the old Allegheny Airlines in the mid-1960s before working in sales for Savin Corp., a business machine company, in Washington. He was a self-employed house painter before joining Washington Gas.
Mr. Ayres was born in Salem, N.J., and served in the Air Force from 1956 to 1961. He came to the Washington area in 1961. He was in the Air National Guard from 1961 to 1963.
He lived in Alexandria for 43 years. He enjoyed golf and hunting and coached youth football in Fairfax County during the 1970s.
His marriage to Anne Ayres ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Janice L. Ayres of Alexandria; a daughter from his first marriage, Alicia Marsh of League City, Tex.; three children from his second marriage, Craig Ayres of Woodbridge, Cindy Ayres Buzzell of Alexandria and Vance Ayres of Dale City; one sister; and eight grandchildren.
NIH Division Chief
Cosimo Ajmone-Marsan, 86, a former chief of clinical neurosciences at the National Institutes of Health and a professor at George Washington University who studied the electrical activity of the brain, died of a heart attack Aug. 31 in a hospital in Biella, Italy.
He was at NIH in Bethesda from 1954 to 1979 and served as chief of the branch of electroencephalography and clinical neurophysiology before taking charge of the neurosciences. He moved to the University of Miami in 1979 and also became director of the electroencephalography lab at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He retired in 1997.
He was the former president of the American Electroencephalographic Society, the American Epilepsy Society and the International Federation of Societies for Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology. He held numerous editorial board positions and was editor in chief of the IBRO Symposia Monograph Series from 1978 to 1984. He published almost 150 scientific papers and book chapters.
Born in Cossato, Italy, Dr. Ajmone-Marsan graduated from the Liceo Classico Quintino Sella in Biella, Italy, in 1936 and received a medical degree from the University of Torino in 1942. He joined the university's clinic for nervous and mental disease in 1945 and received a diploma in neuropsychiatry in 1947. The next year, he became head of the EEG department there. After two years at the Montreal Neurological Institute, he moved to NIH.
He loved music and at various times indulged in skiing, golfing and playing bridge.
Survivors include his wife, Rosetta Ajmone-Marsan of Miami; a daughter, Barbara Ajmone-Marsan of New York; a son, Guido Ajmone-Marsan of London; and three grandchildren.
Thaddeus Shaw Page Jr.
Thaddeus "Thad" Shaw Page Jr., 87, a retired draftsman for the Department of Defense, died of cardiovascular collapse Sept. 12 at his home in Alexandria.
Mr. Page was born in Charlotte and moved to the Washington area in 1930 at the age of 13 when his father was chosen to serve as chief of staff (then called secretary) to Josiah W. Bailey, a Democratic senator from North Carolina. Mr. Page graduated from the old Western High School and the University of Maryland. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order.
During World War II, Mr. Page lived in Baltimore and worked for Glenn L. Martin Co., an aircraft manufacturer. After the war, he worked as a draftsman specializing in night vision for the Department of Defense at Fort Belvoir, moving to Alexandria in 1951. He retired in 1974 on the same day as his wife.
He was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church since 1949. He helped his father, the campaign manager, to raise funds for the church's educational building in 1953. He later served as an elder and deacon.
Mr. Page also volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He was a Civil War buff and enjoyed golf, often vacationing in Atlantic Beach, N.C.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Ellen MacKarsie Page of Alexandria; two sons, John "Jack" Hinton Page of Lexington, Va., and Charles "Mac" MacKarsie Page of Alexandria; and five grandchildren.