Mary E. Flynn

Founding Faculty Member of NVCC

Mary E. Flynn, 88, a founding faculty member of Northern Virginia Community College, died Oct. 10 of complications from a stroke at the Virginian, a continuing care retirement community in Fairfax County. She had lived in McLean from 1960 until the last week of her life.

Mrs. Flynn was born in Boston and received her undergraduate degree in 1937 and her master's degree in 1940 from State Teachers College at Boston (now the University of Massachusetts at Boston). She taught at Boston University for five years before moving to the Washington area after World War II.

She lived and worked in Northern Virginia for more than 50 years. In the mid-1960s, she was one of six professors who launched Northern Virginia Community College. The college opened in 1965 in a warehouse at Baileys Crossroads with 761 students, prior to its move to the current Annandale campus. Mrs. Flynn taught business courses and was a department head for more than 20 years, retiring in 1986.

She was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church in McLean, where she served as a volunteer in the parish thrift store.

Her husband, Anthony P. Flynn, died in 1968.

Survivors include five children, Kathleen Gaffney of Oakton, Paul Flynn of Herndon, David Flynn of Norcross, Ga., Rosemary Horne of Greensboro, N.C., and Elaine Sommer of Herndon; a sister, Kathleen Crowley of Falls Church; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Frank M. DeFilippes


Frank M. DeFilippes, 72, a virologist with the National Institutes of Health for 42 years, died Oct. 7 of a stroke that occurred while he was in a Rockville doctor's office. He was a longtime Bethesda resident.

Dr. DeFilippes was born in Brooklyn and graduated magna cum laude in physics from Brown University in 1953. He received his doctorate in biophysics from Yale University in 1957.

He taught physics for a year at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst before coming to NIH in 1958. For many years, he taught biophysics at NIH's Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. He was said to be the first NIH scientist to publish a method for purifying a restriction enzyme. Two of his publications were cited in the body of work on restriction enzymes for which Hamilton O. Smith of Johns Hopkins University shared the 1978 Nobel Prize.

In 1982, he published a widely cited paper on a physical map of vaccinia, the live virus used in the smallpox vaccine because of its resemblance to the much more virulent smallpox virus. During the 1990s, he was involved in research on aphidicolin, an antibiotic that might be useful in controlling excessive cell proliferation in cancer and in such skin disorders as psoriasis. Dr. DeFilippes focused on the effects of aphidicolin on vaccinia.

He retired from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 2000.

Dr. DeFilippes was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bethesda and at the time of his death was taking Spanish classes so he could help teach English to members of the immigrant community he met while at church or at McDonald's and elsewhere.

His marriage to Sarah McManus Lewis ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Mary Wolpert DeFilippes of Bethesda; two children, Portia DeFilippes Hyatt of Bethesda and Paul F. DeFilippes of Washington; and one grandchild.