Patrick Merlin Meehan

Systems Analyst

Patrick Merlin Meehan, 77, who spent about 20 years as an employee and consultant systems analyst for TYX Corp., a Reston-based producer and retailer of commercial software, before retiring in 2002, died Aug. 30 at his home in Alexandria of complications of diabetes.

Mr. Meehan's chief assignment for TYX was working on the Navy's automatic test equipment.

He was a Milwaukee native and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a humanities graduate of the University of Chicago and received a second bachelor's degree, in mathematics, from the University of Utah.

Early in his career, he worked in California at the Rand Corp. and other research institutions and ran his own business. He specialized in issues related to spacecraft reentry.

He settled in the Washington area in the early 1970s. He was a member of St. Andrew and St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Catherine Staker Meehan of Alexandria; five children, Shannon Strull of Simi Valley, Calif., Patrick M. Meehan of North Hollywood, Calif., Robert T. Meehan of Los Angeles and Kathleen Ryan and John Patrick Meehan, both of Alexandria; two brothers; and eight grandchildren.

Charles G. Wellemeyer


Charles G. Wellemeyer, 56, a scientist who helped develop methods to monitor the health of the earth's ozone layer, died of melanoma Sept. 16 at Casey House hospice in Rockville. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Wellemeyer, a physicist, worked more than 25 years for Science Systems and Applications Inc. and its predecessor companies. The Lanham-based firm did contract work for NASA, for which Mr. Wellemeyer developed algorithms and instrumental analysis to help collect data on the atmosphere's ozone layer.

Over the course of his career, he served as a mentor to younger scientists. A conference room at SSAI's offices was named in Mr. Wellemeyer's honor.

Mr. Wellemeyer was born in Washington and raised in the Tauxemont area of Alexandria. He graduated from Fort Hunt High School in Alexandria and James Madison University. He received a master's degree in physics from the University of Virginia.

For recreation, Mr. Wellemeyer enjoyed fishing on North Carolina's Outer Banks, tinkering with cars, reading and cooking.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Antonia Wellemeyer, and their son, Jonathan Wellemeyer, both of Silver Spring; and a sister.

William Denton Owens

IRS Special Agent

William Denton Owens, 84, who spent 31 years with the Internal Revenue Service and retired in 1974 as a special agent, died Sept. 24 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Fairfax.

Mr. Owens worked for the IRS in Richmond and Cincinnati before settling in the Washington area in 1964. After retiring, he did consulting work for the IRS and fraud investigation training at universities nationwide.

He was born in Dante, in southwestern Virginia, and attended Milligan College in Tennessee.

His hobbies included golfing.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Nancy Wyatt Owens of Fairfax; two children, William D. Owens Jr. of Fairfax and Nancy Shupe of Manassas; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

David H. Miller

Builder and Developer

David H. Miller, 72, owner of a self-storage company and a former Washington area home builder, died of complications of a stroke Sept. 23 at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton.

Mr. Miller was born in LaPorte, Ind. and grew up in Webster Groves, Mo. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and served three years in the Navy. He then received a master's in business administration from Harvard University.

He worked for five years with American Air Filter in Louisville and St. Louis. In 1964, Mr. Miller moved to the Washington area, where he and a classmate from Harvard Business School founded Miller & Smith Inc., a home-building firm in McLean. He left Miller & Smith in 1978 to form his own company, Atlantic Self Storage, which built and managed self-storage facilities.

Mr. Miller was a member of the Virginia State Water Control Board from 1982 to 1988 and served as chairman of the board in 1985. He also served on the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board from 1988 to 1992 and was a life director and past president of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association.

He enjoyed hunting, boating, travel and photography. He was a member of Warrenton Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Patricia Zales Miller of Warrenton; three children, Ann Winston of McLean, Elizabeth Bartholomew of Southlake, Tex., and Eric Miller of Warrenton; his mother, Ruth Miller of Lake San Marcos, Calif.; a brother; and six grandchildren.

Allan Armstrong Hunter Jr.


Allan Armstrong Hunter Jr., 74, an ophthalmologist who practiced in Washington for 35 years before retiring in 2003, died of a heart ailment Sept. 24 at his home in Bethesda.

Dr. Hunter, who specialized in cataract surgery, began his career in 1968 when he joined a medical practice run by his father-in-law, noted Washington ophthalmologist G. Victor Simpson. Their practice was in the 1100 block of 19th Street NW for many years.

After Simpson's retirement in 1976, Dr. Hunter maintained a solo practice at the same location until the late 1990s, when he moved the office to MacArthur Boulevard NW. Over the years, he gained an appreciation from his patients for regularly making house calls.

Dr. Hunter was a member of the surgical staffs of Washington Hospital Center and Sibley Memorial Hospital and was a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

He was a Los Angeles native. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles for two years, then served as an Army medical technician in the early 1950s before receiving an undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. While working in hospital administration in New York, he decided to pursue a career in medicine.

He graduated from George Washington University medical school in 1964 and did his internship and residency in ophthalmology at Washington Hospital Center.

He was a member of the Metropolitan Club of Washington and Beta Theta Pi social fraternity.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Helen-Louise Hunter of Bethesda; three sons, Keith A. Hunter of Fairfax, Brian S. Hunter of Bethesda and Allan A. Hunter III of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

A daughter, Jennifer Hunter Luey, died in 1999.

Clayton Ross Hitch

Electrician, Boy Scout Volunteer

Clayton Ross Hitch, 90, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. electrician who for six decades volunteered with an Arlington County Boy Scout troop he helped start in 1943, died Sept. 22 at Culpeper Regional Hospital in Virginia of complications from surgery for an abdominal disorder.

Mr. Hitch, a former Arlington resident who lived in Culpeper since 1990, was a native of Milford, Del. He began working for C&P soon after receiving a degree from Bliss Electrical School, which later became Montgomery College in Takoma Park.

He worked 40 years at the telephone company's offices in Arlington until his retirement in 1978. During that time, he lived in Arlington's Westover community, where he was one of the founders of Boy Scout Troop 162. He helped establish the troop at Westover Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and member of organizational committees.

Mr. Hitch served as the troop's scoutmaster for 27 years. He escorted a group of scouts to seven national jamborees and two world jamborees. He also trained other adults to be scout leaders.

For his volunteer work, Mr. Hitch received the Silver Beaver award from the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America and the Silver Antelope award from the Southeast Region of the Boy Scouts of America.

Mr. Hitch was a lifetime member of Telephone Pioneers of America and past president of a local chapter.

His first wife, Gretchen C. Hitch, died in 1976 after 36 years of marriage. His second wife, Rosemary H. Hitch, to whom he was married for 16 years, died in 1994.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Nancy Hetzel of Charles Town, W.Va., Richard C. Hitch of Beaufort, S.C., and Linda Hardin of Arlington; two stepchildren, John Daniels of Herndon and Michael Herring of Clovis, Calif.; two brothers; a sister; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Frances Jane Alyea

Administrative Assistant

Frances Jane Alyea, 86, who was an administrative assistant at the Department of the Navy for 38 years, died of a heart attack Sept. 13 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Alyea received many commendations for her work before retiring in 1975. "Technically she was a typist . . . but she thought she ran the Navy," said her niece Ann Wright of Racine, Wis. "She was a feisty little thing. She was like 4-10 but 6-10 in her manner."

She was a native of Shelbyville, Ind., and after graduating from high school in 1936, she moved to Washington.

In her later years, she did not go out much, but she enjoyed visits from her great-nephew and his children.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Hope Ritter Smith

Church Member

Hope Ritter Smith, 99, a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, died Sept. 20 at her home in Silver Spring. She had congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Smith was a member of her church's choir as well as its Sodality and Legion of Mary.

She also was a member of the Gonzaga College High School Mother's Club and the Jesuit Guild, a group for parents of members of the Jesuit order. She also belonged to Mary Knights, a group for widows of members of the Knights of Columbus.

She did volunteer work with Associated Catholic Charities.

She was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of the old Business High School. She did stenographic work from 1923 to 1927 at the Treasury Department and then until 1932 for the Commerce Department.

Her husband, Bradley B. Smith Sr., whom she married in 1932, died in 1981. Two of her sons died, Bradley B. Smith Jr. in 1986 and Raymond R. Smith in 1999.

Survivors include five children, Hope H. Smith and Sister Anne Mary "Sally" Smith, a nun in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, both of Silver Spring, Walter R. Smith of Wheaton, Michael J.A. Smith of Maywood, N.J., and Mary T. de Andrade of Rockville; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.