Flora-Belle E. Molloy Abbott


Flora-Belle E. Molloy Abbott, 66, who was a clinical dietitian at several hospitals and health centers in the Washington area and taught at local universities, died Sept. 14 of cancer at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

A native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mrs. Abbott moved to New York in 1958 and graduated from Brooklyn College with a bachelor's degree in food and nutrition. She received a master's degree in education from New York University.

She worked for hospitals in New York before moving to Silver Spring in 1974. She worked as a dietitian at Hadley Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit and Greater Southeast Community Hospital, both in Washington, before joining Providence Hospital, also in Washington, in 1980. From 1990 to 1993, she was chief clinical dietitian at Providence. From 1993 until her retirement in 1999, she worked at Fresenius Medical Care, a dialysis center in the District. She also had a private nutrition-consulting business.

Mrs. Abbott also taught nutrition at the University of Maryland and the University of the District of Columbia.

She was a member of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians in Diabetic Education, the Maryland Gerontological Association and Consulting Dietitians of Maryland. Fluent in Spanish, she often worked as a consultant for Spanish-speaking clients.

Mrs. Abbott was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Silver Spring, where she taught religious education classes and served on the parish council.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Julian Abbott of Silver Spring; three children, Audrey Abbott of St. Croix, Ronald Abbott of Silver Spring and Jason Abbott of Laurel; six sisters, Mariel M. Williams, Eileen M. Roberts, Teresa Molloy and Judith Molloy, all of St. Croix, and Doris M. Tobias and Anna M. Ferdinand, both of Upper Marlboro; two brothers, Claude Molloy of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and David Molloy of St. Croix; and four grandchildren.

R. Jon Fosdick

Latin American Specialist

R. Jon Fosdick, 66, a Latin American specialist with Meridian International Center in Washington, died Oct. 8 at Georgetown University Hospital from complications of a fall at his home in Glendale.

He had worked since 1968 for Meridian, a nonprofit international outreach and exchange organization. As the center's leading program specialist for Latin America, he often arranged the Washington itineraries of visiting dignitaries from Latin America. He served as translator and guide to hundreds of political leaders through the years, many of them official guests of the State Department. He retired in 1996.

Mr. Fosdick was born in Youngstown, Ohio. His given name, which he did not use, was Russell. He graduated in 1960 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and did graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1962, he joined the newly formed Peace Corps, serving two years in the Dominican Republic. He worked for the U.S. Information Agency from 1964 to 1968, serving two years each in Ecuador and Panama.

He had been vice president of the D.C. chapter of Amigos de las Americas, a program providing leadership opportunities and medical assistance to Latin America. He was also a longtime member of the Latin American Studies Association, an academic organization that studies Latin American issues.

Mr. Fosdick often volunteered as a translator for Spanish-speaking people in his community, assisting with their medical appointments and official documents.

He lived in Lanham before moving to Glendale about six years ago.

Survivors include his mother, Hilda Fay Henry Fosdick of Glendale.