Phyllis Sullivan Galiher

Lawyer, Lawyers' Wives Member

Phyllis Sullivan Galiher, 91, a Washington area resident for more than 60 years who held memberships in the Lawyers' Wives of the District of Columbia and the Trinity College Alumnae Association, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 19 at her home in Chevy Chase.

She was born in Pittsfield, Mass., and grew up in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, where she was an accomplished equestrian. She came to Washington to attend Trinity College and received a bachelor's degree in 1935.

While at Trinity, she met her future husband, Richard W. Galiher, a law student at nearby Catholic University. In 1938, she graduated from Boston University Law School. In 1939, she became the first woman from western Massachusetts admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, her family said.

After marrying in 1940, the couple settled in Northwest Washington. Mrs. Galiher raised a family while her husband practiced law in the District and Maryland. They attended numerous legal meetings in the United States, Canada and Europe, often bringing their four children.

In addition to raising her family, "Phyl," as she was known, played the piano and loved music. She was an avid gardener and an award-winning floral designer as a member of the Kenwood Garden Club. She sewed and did needlepoint and maintained a lifelong interest in her Irish ancestry.

While living in the District, she was a member of Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament parish and active in its Sodality and the Christ Child Society. After the family moved to Maryland in 1952, she became a member of Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda.

She and her husband would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary Oct. 26.

In addition to her husband, of Chevy Chase, survivors include four children, Richard W. Galiher Jr. of Chevy Chase, Phyllis Wilcox of Vienna, Patricia Wraga of Potomac and Kathleen Ott of Washington; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Joseph J. Wallace


Dr. Joseph J. Wallace, 91, a physician in Washington and Bethesda for the past 65 years, died of congestive heart disease Oct. 19 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was a Bethesda resident.

He cared for three generations of many families in his private practice as an internist and was associated with Doctors, Georgetown, Sibley and Suburban hospitals for more than 60 years.

He was born in Colorado Springs and moved to Washington for college, graduating first from Georgetown University and then from its medical school in 1937. Dr. Wallace completed his internship and residency at Gallinger Municipal Hospital (later known as D.C. General) and was chief medical officer for the D.C. Home for the Aged and Infirmed.

During World War II, he served as an Army medical officer in Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina. In 1946, he returned to Washington to practice at the Yater Clinic. He then began his private practice, which he continued until August. He was commanding officer and colonel in the Army Reserve's 2290th unit for 31 years.

He volunteered with the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington's Health Care Network and Melwood Farm, what was then a home for alcoholics and drug addicts, where he was medical director. He was a founding member of Little Flower and St. Bartholomew's parishes.

Dr. Wallace received the John Carroll Society Pro Bono award and the Cross of the Visitation Order and was made an Oblate of the Redemptorist Order. He was a member of Congressional Country Club and the Jefferson Island Club. He also wrote a book on cardiology.

His wife of 49 years, Margaret T. Wallace, died in 1992.

Survivors include four children, Thomas T. Wallace of Washington, Rita Burke of Bethesda, Joey Wallace of Richmond and Patrick Wallace of Bethesda; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

David Richard Anderson


David Richard Anderson, 79, a dentist, died of a stroke Sept. 27 at the Fairland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Silver Spring.

Dr. Anderson was born in New Orleans and received his bachelor of science degree from Howard University. He received his doctorate of dental science degree from Howard in 1962 and a master's degree in business and public administration from Southeastern University in 1981. He also was a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.

After serving as an intern in oral surgery at Harlem Hospital in New York City in 1962 and 1963, he opened a private practice in Northeast Washington.

A local dentist for almost 40 years, he received the Dr. Harold Krogh Award for outstanding work in the prevention of oral cancer.

He also was active in community, civic, medical and professional organizations. He served on the board of the Capitol Hill Hospital Advisory Council, the Sixth District Crime Prevention Project and the East Capitol Gardens Tenants Association. He also served as president of the Kiwanis Club.

He was one of the founders and a vice president of the Capitol Area Health Plan and served for many years on the Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society of the District of Columbia. He was a member of the D.C. Dental Society, the National Dental Association, the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

Survivors include his companion of 42 years, E.E. Bernice Mills of Silver Spring.

Jerome Ferris Lieblich


Jerome Ferris Lieblich, 88, an attorney and retired Army colonel, died of Alzheimer's disease Oct. 19 at his home in the Westminster-Canterbury retirement center in Winchester, Va., where he had lived for the past 12 years. He was a longtime resident of Fairfax.

Col. Lieblich was born in Clifton, N.J., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University in 1937 and Harvard Law School in 1940. He briefly practiced law in New York state before being drafted into the Army. He served in Europe during World War II, in the Amphibian Corps. After the war, his tours of duty included Germany, the Netherlands and several postings at the Pentagon. He was assigned to the Adjutant General's Corps.

After retiring from the Army in 1963, he worked as a consultant for several area businesses and had a court management consulting firm in Bethesda for a few years. He resumed the practice of law in Fairfax in 1973, retiring again in 1992.

A daughter, Elizabeth Worthington Reed, died in 2001.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Patti Rose Goodman of Winchester; two daughters, Virginia Campbell Calvert of Burke and Patti Shields Lieblich of Alexandria; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lillie Moore 'Lil' Nelson


Lillie Moore "Lil" Nelson, 91, formerly a volunteer with the Armed Forces Hostess Association at the Pentagon, died Oct. 8 at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads in Falls Church of complications resulting from a fall. She had lived in the Alexandria area for 25 years before moving to Goodwin House in 1990.

Mrs. Nelson was born in Honolulu and graduated from Dominican College in San Rafael, Calif., in 1933. She was married in 1936 and accompanied her husband, a U.S. Navy officer, on tours of duty that included Annapolis; New London, Conn.; Manitowoc, Wis.; Key West, Fla.; London; Cannes, France; Long Beach, Calif.; and Copenhagen. Her husband, Rear Adm. William T. Nelson, retired in 1965, and the couple settled in Alexandria.

Having christened the submarine USS Lamprey in Manitowoc in 1944, Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Society of Sponsors of the United States Navy. She was an Armed Forces Hostess Association volunteer for more than 10 years beginning in the late 1960s and worked at an Alexandria boutique called the Better Mousetrap during the late 1960s and early 1970s. She also was a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria.

Her husband died in 1994.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Louise Nelson of San Francisco and Ann Elizabeth Davis of Alexandria; and two grandsons.

Andrew I. Hickey Jr.

Fannie Mae Vice President

Andrew I. Hickey Jr., 81, a former vice president with the Federal National Mortgage Association, died Oct. 12 of Parkinson's disease at Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield.

Mr. Hickey began his government career with the Housing and Home Finance Agency, which later became the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He served in both legal and congressional relations areas and was deputy assistant for legislation to the HUD secretary. In 1969, he became Fannie Mae's director of legislative affairs and later rose to the position of vice president for congressional relations. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Hickey, a Washington native, grew up in Chevy Chase and graduated from St. Charles High School in Catonsville. He received a bachelor's degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania in 1944 and a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University law school in 1948.

During World War II, he served as a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps in the Pacific.

Mr. Hickey was a former resident of Silver Spring. His interests included photography and stamp collecting. He also was an avid genealogist; he and his wife enjoyed many trips to Ireland where he pursued his genealogy research. Mr. Hickey especially enjoyed spending time with his family at his second home in Bethany Beach, Del.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Marion W. Hickey of Springfield; two children, Andrew I. Hickey III of Olney and Barbara H. Reger of Williamsburg; and four grandchildren.