Aurora Dy Tan


Aurora Dy Tan, 77, who owned and operated a day-care center in Alexandria and numerous businesses in the Philippines, died of pancreatic and gallbladder cancer Sept. 22 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

She and her husband, Johnny Chin-hian Tan, started the Village Kiddie Care day-care center in their home in 1994 and operated it until 2002. Previously, she helped raise her grandchild and made teddy bears for sick children in area hospitals.

Mrs. Tan was born in a small town in Catanduanes, Philippines. Her ethnic Chinese parents owned two department stores, and she became her father's assistant in the family's restaurant.

When the Japanese army invaded the Philippines in the early 1940s, the 14-year-old was drafted as a nurse into the women's auxiliary corps of the guerrilla forces who fought with the Americans.

After World War II ended, she moved to Manila, where she worked her way through her last year of high school and through college. She married in 1952 and graduated from Far Eastern University in Manila with a degree in English and philosophy.

Mrs. Tan operated a dress shop, a beauty salon, a clothing factory and, in partnership with her husband, a real estate brokerage in the Chinatown section of Manila. She and her siblings also owned and operated a factory that manufactured automotive batteries.

Mrs. Tan moved to the United States in 1983 to live with her son, daughter and grandchild.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, also of Alexandria; a son, Edwin Tan of Alexandria; a daughter, Evelyn Tan Powers of Alexandria; four sisters; two brothers; and a grandson.

Patricia Anne Beamer Schauer

Community Activist

Patricia Anne Beamer Schauer, 67, a Capitol Hill community activist for three decades, died of complications of coronary atherosclerosis and diabetes Sept. 9 at her home in Washington.

Her community activism was spurred by a 1981 traffic accident after a car smashed into her Capitol Hill rowhouse, causing severe damage. As a result, she became active in successful efforts of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society to better control traffic in the neighborhood. Later, she was involved in historic preservation. At various times, she served as the restoration society's treasurer and secretary before serving as president from 1988 to 1990. In May, the Association for Preservation Technology presented its Volunteer Recognition Award to her for "helping preserve the character of one of the nation's largest historic districts, meeting by meeting, day by day, year by year."

Mrs. Schauer was born in Cleveland and grew up in the Garfield Home (now the James A. Garfield National Historic Site) in nearby Mentor, where her father was the home's director. She graduated from Hiram College in Ohio in 1958.

She worked as a computer programmer on mainframe computers, first at the National Center for Health Statistics, then at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. After obtaining a master's degree in computer technology and public administration from American University, she returned to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to work on a revision of the consumer price index.

Survivors include her husband, Lyle Schauer of Washington.

Victoria Cavaney

Real Estate Owner, Manager

Victoria Cavaney, 60, a McLean resident who owned and managed real estate in California, Hawaii and Northern Virginia, died Sept. 23 of a stroke at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Among the properties she owned and managed was the Victoria Hotel, a family property named for her on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. In addition to her real estate management, she served as a design consultant for residential properties.

Mrs. Cavaney was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied international relations. She lived in the Washington area for 31 years.

She was a supporter of music and fine arts in the Washington area, as well as in Honolulu. She was a life member of the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and a supporter of the theater.

As a youngster, she was a surfer in Newport Beach, Calif., at a time when female surfers were not common.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Red Cavaney of McLean; two children, Tom Cavaney of Arlington and Kristin Cavaney Roper of South Riding; and two grandchildren.

Anthony Campitelli


Anthony Campitelli, 92, an architect who designed a number of churches, shopping centers and office buildings in the Washington area and who was a partner in a real estate development company, died Sept. 18 at Suburban Hospital of complications of a fall. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Campitelli, a native of Italy, came to the United States in 1928. He lived in Philadelphia before settling in the Washington area in 1940. In 1941, he teamed with another immigrant, Nathan Brisker, to form Housing Development Corp., a company that built thousands of houses, apartment buildings, shopping centers and office buildings over the next 50 years.

Among the projects Mr. Campitelli designed were Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and its school in Bethesda, Holy Cross Catholic Church and its school in Garrett Park, Silver Spring Plaza and the 540-unit University Towers apartment complex in Wheaton, where the company had its office. He also designed and developed several housing subdivisions in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, using Italian artisans for the finer details of the buildings. Mr. Campitelli's favorite project was his 1981 Renaissance-style renovation of Casa Italiana, an Italian social center next to the Holy Rosary Church in downtown Washington.

Mr. Campitelli maintained a strong interest in Italian culture and received the Star of Solidarity from the Italian government.

He was an accomplished painter, sculptor and musician who enjoyed playing traditional Italian music on the guitar and mandolin. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and Congressional Country Club.

He had lived for the past 17 years in the second of two houses he designed for himself in Bethesda. He continued to work as an architect and designer until 1997.

His marriage to Vivian Campitelli was annulled.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Juanita Cellini Campitelli of Bethesda.

Charles J. Beatty

Maryland Professor

Charles J. Beatty, 70, a University of Maryland educator for 33 years who won master teacher and distinguished teaching awards, died of brain cancer Sept. 9 at Casey House in Rockville.

He retired in 1999 as associate dean for student affairs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and after retirement continued to coordinate the College of Education graduation from the office of the dean.

He taught 16 courses, some of which he designed and developed, and advised scores of graduate students and hundreds of undergraduates.

Dr. Beatty, who was born in Iron Mountain, Mich., received a bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University in 1959, a master's degree in education from Michigan State University in 1963 and a doctoral degree in education from Ohio State University in 1967.

He joined Maryland's Department of Industrial, Technological and Occupational Education as a professor and acting chairman in 1966. He remained in the Education College his entire career.

In addition to fulfilling the usual academic obligations of faculty committees, research grants and scholarly articles, Dr. Beatty was active in professional organizations. He was given a special National Humanitarian Award from the International Technology Education Association.

Dr. Beatty was chairman of the Tootsie Roll Drive for the Knights of Columbus for many years, and also worked with the Burtonsville Health Fair, Christmas in April, Boy Scouts and Prince George's County Committee for Employment of People With Disabilities. He was a eucharistic minister at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Beltsville, Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville and St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Catholic Church in Woodstock.

He enjoyed building projects, playing golf and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Dr. Mary Ann Miller Beatty of Ellicott City; three children, Dr. Charles Beatty of Tampa, Colleen Dooley of Denver and Clare Dooley of Billings, Mont.; a sister; a brother; and a granddaughter.