Beulah Mae Eddy Anderson


Beulah Mae Eddy Anderson, 91, a teacher, died Oct. 2 at Inova Alexandria Hospital after several strokes. She lived in Arlington.

Mrs. Anderson taught English to foreign-born students in Arlington County schools and throughout her career was an advocate for better public school education and improvement of reading skills.

She was born in Mikado, Mich., and graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in education in 1938.

Her first assignment was in a one-room schoolhouse in a rural Michigan community, where she taught first through sixth grades. She was invited to join the faculty of the public school system in Ann Arbor, Mich., and pursued her teaching there until 1942.

She married and moved to Arlington. During World War II, she served in a defense agency, the Office of Price Administration, as a personnel officer. While her husband was in the Navy, she told him, "I am in love with education," and returned to her studies, receiving a master's degree in education from the University of Chicago, completing it in 1947.

After returning to Arlington, she worked at a number of now-closed public schools in the 1970s and served on several civic committees. She was particularly interested in the plans for a branch library in the Cherry Dale community in Arlington.

Mrs. Anderson was a Christian education teacher who served as a teacher and counselor at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church for many years and enjoyed singing in the choir. She was a leader of biblical studies for adults in Northern Virginia.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Gilbert Anderson Jr. of Arlington; two sons, Gilbert E. Anderson of Columbia, S.C., and James Messmer Anderson of Tecumseh, Mich.; a daughter, Berta Anderson Irwin of Maryville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.

John Willard Nalls Jr.


John Willard Nalls Jr., 79, a lawyer who practiced in Montgomery County for more than 50 years, died Oct. 23 of multiple myeloma and kidney failure at his daughter's home in Silver Spring. A former longtime resident of Chevy Chase, he had lived in Sherwood, Md., since 1999.

Mr. Nalls was born in Washington, a son of John Willard Nalls Sr., a former vice president of the Hecht Co., and Edna Isabella Mazzullo. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1942 and enlisted in the Navy. After completing flight training and at the end of World War II, he enrolled at George Washington University.

He graduated from GWU and completed law school there in 1953. He then began practicing law in Montgomery County, specializing in real estate, litigation and estate and trust law.

In 1974, Mr. Nalls was joined by his son, Michael, in his Bethesda-based practice. Mr. Nalls also served as a substitute judge in the People's Court of Maryland and worked with the national office of the Boys Scouts of America.

He was a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol in Easton, Md., and had retired in 1964 from the Naval Reserve with more than 20 years of service. He was a pilot and had the rank of commander in the Reserve.

Mr. Nalls was a member of Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington. He also was a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and Columbia Country Club.

His wife, Margaret Mary Nalls, died in 2002, and a son, J. Willard Nalls III, died in 1986.

Survivors include six children, Michael "Tad" Nalls of Bethesda, Margaret "Meg" Davidson of Centreville, Md., Robert E. Nalls of Narberth, Pa., Elizabeth A. "Betsy" Wiley of Silver Spring, Thomas F. Nalls of Bethesda and Amy I. Cook of Arnold; two brothers, James T. Nalls of Rockville and Malcolm P. Nalls of Sarasota, Fla.; a sister, Eleanor N. Sweeney of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and 18 grandchildren.

George Franklin Mistretta

Claims Examiner

George Franklin Mistretta, 82, an insurance executive and Department of Labor claims examiner, died Oct. 28 of congestive heart failure at Sleepy Hollow Nursing Center in Annandale. He had lived in Annandale since 1952.

Mr. Mistretta came to the Washington area in 1949 to work for the Maryland Casualty Co., later known as American General Insurance Co. He worked in the company's Wheaton office as an executive in the legal department until 1973. From 1973 to 1984, he was a claims examiner for the Labor Department.

Mr. Mistretta was born in New York and graduated from a business college there. He also studied at Catholic University.

He played professional baseball before serving in the Army during World War II as a military police officer at various bases in the United States. After the war, he worked in the insurance business in Raleigh, N.C., for two years before moving to the Washington area.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret M. Mistretta of Annandale; three children, George D. Mistretta of Springfield, Air Force Col. David G. Mistretta of Springfield and Meg Calderwood of Manassas; three sisters; one brother; and seven grandchildren.