Donna M. Bourassa
Donna M. Bourassa, 49, associate executive director of the American College Personnel Association, died of cancer Sept. 20 at her home in Silver Spring.
Dr. Bourassa's work at the Washington-based association focused on personnel development programs for those in the student-affairs field. She had worked there since 1998. Previously, she was a student affairs professional at various college and university campuses for 20 years.
She loved teaching, and she was an adjunct faculty member in George Washington University's Department of Educational Leadership. She also wrote numerous articles and book chapters on diversity, organizational development and collaborations between academics and student-affairs interests.
Dr. Bourassa, who was born in Worcester, Mass., earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Framingham State College, a master's degree in college student development services from Trenton State University and a doctorate in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1996.
Among her awards were the ACPA's Diamond Honoree Award and the Ester Lloyd Jones Leadership Award from the National Association of Women in Education.
Survivors include her companion, Dr. Patty Perillo of Silver Spring; her father, Donald A. Bourassa of Grafton, Mass.; and a brother.
Billie Burkland Tuzo
Flight Attendant, Saleswoman
Billie Burkland Tuzo, 76, a former flight attendant, quilter and saleswoman, died of acute ischemic colitis Sept. 21 in San Diego, where she had lived since moving from Falls Church in 1999.
Mrs. Tuzo, a native of Bellingham, Wash., graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle. She worked for United Airlines for 10 years, resigning in 1960 when she married, as was required at the time. She joined Clipped Wings, the United Airlines Stewardesses Alumnae and Flight Attendants Inc., and was active with the Washington chapter for 25 years, supporting the Special Olympics World Games and raising money for organizations that helped special-needs children.
She had lived in Falls Church off and on until 1971, when she settled permanently in the area. She helped found Quilters Unlimited in 1971, which now has more than 1,000 members in Northern Virginia.
In 1981, Mrs. Tuzo became a sales associate at Lord & Taylor department store at Seven Corners, selling boys clothing and setting up special displays. She retired in 1991.
She enjoyed reading and listening to jazz, particularly Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Byrd and Keter Betts.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, retired Navy Capt. Paul B. Tuzo III of San Diego; a son, Paul B. Tuzo IV of Haymarket; and two granddaughters.
Shu Lam Lee
Shu Lam Lee, 78, a chef and business owner, died of cancer Sept. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a Burke resident.
Mr. Lee, born in Tianjin, China, moved to the Washington area in 1969 and worked as a chef at the Peking Restaurant in Washington before starting his own grocery store, Shu Lam's, on Glebe Road in Arlington. From 1979 to 1981, he worked as a street vendor in Washington.
He retired in 1981. In his later years, he was a member of Evergreen, a recreational group for senior citizens.
Survivors include his wife, Chee Yun Wong of Burke; six children, Sai Yee Lee of Greenbelt, Frank Lee and Jeff Lee of Burke, and Kit Lee, Sylvia Loui and Yvonne Lee, all of Alexandria; two brothers; two sisters; and nine grandchildren.