Anthony Stark


Composer and music professor Anthony Stark, 60, died of congestive heart disease Aug. 31 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was a Washington resident.

Mr. Stark, a pianist who also taught composition and music theory at Catholic University and Baltimore's College of Notre Dame, was considered a major force in new music in the area, both as a composer and as a manager and program director of several concert series and chamber music ensembles.

A 1999 Washington Post review called Mr. Stark "an interesting guy, a pianist/composer/arts manager who most enjoys composing collaboratively with performers. . . . The pieces on this program were firmly grounded in the romantic tradition, essentially tonal and structurally conservative. But over this foundation was a liberal dose of Stark's quirky sense of humor, his unabashed willingness to quote or borrow large dollops of material from other composers, a splendid way with textures, and an intriguing blending of playfulness and serious purpose."

He received numerous awards for his compositions, including the Silver Medal in the G.B. Viotti International Composition Competition from Vercilli, Italy, two first prizes in the Delius International Composition Competition, awards in the International Chamber Music Festival & Composition Competition of Los Alamos, the Special Award of the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers and its Standard Award. He was also awarded the Individual Artist Award of the Maryland State Arts Council and six individual artist fellowships by the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Mr. Stark, a Minneapolis native, began studying piano at age 6 and composition at age 12. He studied with Pulitzer music laureates at the University of Minnesota and Boston University. He also studied piano performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

His marriages to Pamela Jordan and Susan Tapp ended in divorce.

Survivors include his mother, Bette Stark Babcock of Minneapolis; and two brothers.

Lewis Valentine Sevier

Foreign Service Officer

Lewis Valentine Sevier, 86, a 30-year Foreign Service officer, died Sept. 17 of a stroke at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Sevier joined the State Department in 1947 and had postings in Washington, Athens, Paris, Istanbul, Cairo, Beirut and Paris, as well as Trieste, Italy; Karachi, Pakistan; and Marseille, France. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1977. He was fluent in French and Italian and made an effort to the learn the language of every country in which he served.

He was born in Denver and grew up in North Miami Beach, Fla. He was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris when World War II broke out. He joined the Army and served in the counterintelligence service in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. He left the Army as a first lieutenant and received a Bronze Star.

Mr. Sevier had lived in Bethesda, between foreign postings, since 1964. His pastimes included reading and gardening. He was a member of the Men's Garden Club of Montgomery County and volunteered at Brookside Gardens at Wheaton Regional Park.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Doris Wrigley Sevier of Bethesda; three children, Candida Raeburn of London, Paul Sevier of Rockville and Raoul Sevier of Boston; a sister; two brothers; and nine grandchildren.

Howard F. McMurdie


Howard F. McMurdie, 99, a chemist who worked for 75 years with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, died of pneumonia Sept. 26 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was a Bethesda resident.

Mr. McMurdie was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He went to work for what was then called the National Bureau of Standards. He was sent in the 1930s to Riverside, Calif., to test the cement that was to be used for the concrete construction of Boulder (now Hoover) Dam.

Too young for World War I and too old for World War II, Mr. McMurdie served as a civilian plane spotter for the government on Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda during World War II, his family said.

Mr. McMurdie wrote and co-wrote numerous reference books and articles on phase, or equilibrium, diagrams, which are graphical ways to depict the effects of pressure and temperature on the phase of a substance.

He officially retired in 1965 but continued to work as a consultant in crystallography until two years ago. In 2003, NIST gave him an award for his 75 years of association with the agency.

Mr. McMurdie was a member of River Road Unitarian Church, the Cosmos Club's photography club and the American Ceramics Society. He loved the opera, classical music, classic novels and current nonfiction and was a member of the Maplewood Retirement Home's book club.

His wife of 62 years, Mary J. McMurdie, with whom he enjoyed world travel, died in 1996.

Survivors include a son, Arthur F. McMurdie of Takoma Park; two daughters, Katherine Franklin of Newville, Pa., and Elizabeth Uitz of Bethesda; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Stephan John Cisternino


Stephan John Cisternino, 55, a radiologist who practiced in the Washington area for 22 years, died Sept. 20 while hiking in Shenandoah National Park near Luray, Va. He had sudden heart arrhythmia caused by a virus.

Dr. Cisternino was a radiologist on the staff of the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore from 1979 to 1982. Since 1982, he had worked with Doctors Groover, Christie and Merritt, a private radiology practice, and was based at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was chairman of the radiology department at Suburban from 1995 to 1999.

He was born in New York and graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He had written many papers and had given numerous presentations on surgical procedures.

Dr. Cisternino lived in Bethesda and was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Bethesda. He cultivated prizewinning orchids and was a member of the Maryland Orchid Society.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Shelley C. Cisternino of Bethesda; three children, John A. Cisternino of New York, Alice Anne Cisternino of Los Angeles and Anna V. Cisternino of Bethesda; his mother, Anne Cisternino of Tenafly, N.J.; and two grandsons.

Zaide R. Bailey

Physical Therapist

Zaide R. Bailey, 91, a retired physical therapist with the Fairfax County Health Department, died Sept. 27 at a son's home in Vienna. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Bailey, born in Youngstown, Ohio, graduated from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to her work as a physical therapist, she worked for many years in the office of Chesterbrook Elementary School in McLean. She retired in the late 1970s.

She had lived in Fairfax County since 1953.

Mrs. Bailey coached the swimming team at Chesterbrook Swim and Tennis Club in McLean and was herself a long-distance swimmer. She also enjoyed walking, crossword puzzles, books, music and family gatherings.

Her husband of 45 years, Warren R. Bailey, died in 1983.

Survivors include a daughter, Joan Bailey King of McLean; three sons, Dr. F. Scott Bailey of Winchester, Va., Ross Bailey of Vienna and Dr. Kent R. Bailey of Rochester, Minn.; two sisters; a brother; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.