Benjamin Ogburn Hendrick Sr.
Benjamin Ogburn Hendrick Sr., 72, a retired director for the American Public Welfare Association, died of complications of cancer Sept. 23 at the Cherrydale Health Care Center in Arlington.
Mr. Hendricks worked at the association from 1966 to 1978, when he retired as director of professional development and membership. He started in Chicago and transferred to the Washington office in 1972.
He was a native of Palmer Springs, Va., and graduated from the University of Richmond. He received a master's degree from the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary, which is now the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mr. Hendrick worked at the Virginia Department of Public Welfare in Hopewell City and Lunengburg. From 1961 to 1966, he was a field representative in the Virginia Department of Welfare and Institutions, the forerunner of the Virginia Department of Corrections.
His professional memberships included the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the National Conference on Social Welfare.
He had lived in Arlington for the past 30 years.
His marriage to Preston F. Hendrick ended in divorce.
Survivors include a son, Benjamin Ogburn Hendrick Jr. of Richmond; a stepdaughter, Jennie Haynes Arnold of Centreville; a sister; and two grandchildren.
Journalist and Editor
Lois Modic, 90, a former journalist and editor who once taught yoga classes in Washington, died Sept. 23 at her home in Bethesda. She had dementia.
Mrs. Modic was born in Virginia City, Nev., and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada in 1936.
As a writer, she began her career at the Reno (Nev.) Evening Gazette. She was a correspondent for a number of other publications, including the Wall Street Journal.
She and her then-husband, Denver Dickerson, owned or co-owned two other newspapers before they moved their family to Rangoon, Burma. While Dickerson, a Foreign Service officer, worked at the U.S. Embassy, Mrs. Modic taught English at the Burma-America Institute.
Their marriage ended in divorce.
In 1954, she married Paul A. Modic, a Foreign Service officer, and accompanied him on an assignment to Hong Kong. There, she taught English to refugees from communist China and studied yoga under the late Swami Vishnu-devananda. She later accompanied her husband on his assignments to Beirut, Japan and Germany.
Back in the Washington area, she taught yoga, and in the 1960s, she worked as chief editor for Analytic Services Inc., a think tank in Falls Church.
She enjoyed playing golf into her eighties.
Mrs. Modic established a journalism scholarship at the University of Nevada in memory of a daughter, Delcey Ann Dickerson, who died in 1964.
Mrs. Modic was a member of the American Association of Foreign Service Women, the National League of American Penwomen, the Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority, the National Organization for Women and the Asian-American Forum.
Survivors include Paul Modic of Bethesda, her husband of 50 years; a daughter from her first marriage, Diane D. Wayman of Ocean City; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Roy A. Zimmerman
Construction Company Owner
Roy A. Zimmerman, 74, who founded a construction company and a chain of home supply stores in Montgomery County, died Sept. 19 of a stroke at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He lived in Burtonsville.
He began his construction business in 1957 under the name of Miller and Zimmerman in Silver Spring. In the early 1970s, he bought out his partner and launched R.A. Zimmerman and Sons in Burtonsville. The construction company, which is still in operation, has built projects in Montgomery County, Howard County and the District.
In 1980, Mr. Zimmerman opened the first of three hardware and home supply stores, called Zimmerman's Home Center. The original store, in Silver Spring, and another, in Burtonsville, are still owned by his family.
He turned his hobby of car restoration into a small auto brokerage business, in which he refurbished vehicles bought at auction. He restored dozens of cars over the years.
Mr. Zimmerman, who also enjoyed flying his own airplane, became a licensed pilot in 1956. He owned, at different times, two farms in Fulton and enjoyed doing farmwork with his children. He had a second home in Ocean City.
He was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Highland, in Howard County, where he served on many church committees.
Mr. Zimmerman was born in Cairnbrook, Pa. He moved to the Washington area in 1949 to take a job as manager of the FBI print shop. He received a bachelor's degree in business from Southeastern University in Washington in 1952. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, American Legion and Maryland Home Builders Association.
His marriage to Janet Young Zimmerman ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Crystal Zimmerman of Burtonsville; three children from his first marriage, Craig Zimmerman of Spencerville, Ronald Zimmerman of Laurel and Debra Dillon of Silver Spring; four children from his second marriage, Gary Zimmerman of Elkridge, Susan Ritter of Laurel, Judy Haslup of Fulton and Joanne Miller of Wake Forest, N.C.; a brother; a sister; and 14 grandchildren.
Louis Jasper Logan
Louis Jasper Logan, 95, a brick mason who worked on many landmark Washington buildings, died Sept. 20 of congestive heart failure at his home in the District.
Mr. Logan came to Washington from his native North Carolina in 1931. He worked as a brick mason for a variety of construction firms before joining Anthony Izzo Co. in 1954. He worked there until his retirement in 1973.
Among the buildings he helped construct were the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Georgetown University Hospital, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, First Baptist Church of Deanwood and the State Department headquarters.
In his spare time, he worked on houses, patios and fireplaces and did repair work. He continued to do brickwork for friends and family well into his eighties. He was also the owner of two apartment buildings in Northeast Washington.
Mr. Logan attended Vermont Avenue Baptist Church in Northwest Washington for many years before joining First Baptist Church of Deanwood in Northeast. He taught adult Sunday school classes until he was in his late eighties.
He was born in Rutherfordton, N.C., and began work as a mason when he was 15. He attended North Carolina A&T University and worked summers in Connecticut before settling in Greensboro, N.C., in 1929. After becoming a certified brick mason, he moved to Washington.
His wife of 50 years, Ruth Dickerson Logan, died in 1986.
A daughter, Nancy Logan, died in 1960.
Survivors include three children, Omega Logan Silva, Garland Logan and Kenzel Logan, all of Washington; two sisters, Eura Turner of Washington and Beulah McCain of Black Mountain, N.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Alexandra Weekes Boone
Teacher and Executive Secretary
Alexandra Weekes Boone, 81, a French teacher in Montgomery County schools and later an executive secretary for associations, died Sept. 28 of a heart attack at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.
From 1964 to 1969, she taught French at Bethesda Elementary and Burning Tree Elementary schools. In the early 1970s, she was a secretary at Microbiological Associates in Bethesda.
Beginning in the late 1970s, she was executive secretary of the American College of Toxicology, a professional association in Bethesda. She later became executive secretary of the Teratology Society, an association for the study of birth defects. She held both positions simultaneously until her retirement in 1988.
Mrs. Boone was born in Pasadena, Calif., and spent part of her childhood in France, where she became fluent in French. She came to the Washington area with her family as a teenager and lived in the Beall-Dawson House in Rockville, built in 1815 and now a Montgomery County historic site and museum.
She graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1940 and attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In the late 1940s, she lived in Egypt. She was a member of Alliance Francaise.
Her marriage to Renato Ventura ended in divorce.
Survivors include her husband of 11 years, Dr. Charles Boone of Bethesda; four children from her first marriage, Alan Ventura of Guam, Stefan Ventura of Bethesda, Lisa Anderson of Frederick and Michael Ventura of Silver Spring; two brothers and a half brother; and six grandchildren.
Frank S. Walters
Frank S. Walters, 91, a retired Potomac Electric Power Company executive, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 25 at his home in Arlington.
Mr. Walters, an engineer by training, worked for Pepco for more than 30 years, retiring in 1978 as vice president for rates and regulatory practices.
After leaving Pepco, he became an executive consultant to the Edison Electric Institute in Washington and served as chairman of the institute's electric rate advisory committee.
Mr. Walters was a native Washingtonian who graduated from Central High School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and served in that branch of the military during World War II.
After the war, he served in the Coast Guard Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander.
In recent years, Mr. Walters was active in organizations at the Marriott Jefferson Retirement Home, where he had lived since 1992.
Survivors include his wife, Marion Walters of Arlington.