The Nov. 2 obituary of Catherine Dartoozos incorrectly said she worked for her sister. Mrs. Dartoozos operated a dry cleaning business in Georgetown with her sister. (Published 11/3/04)
Lillian G. Greenspan
Lillian G. Greenspan, 87, a former secretary and a docent at the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the National Museum of American Art) and the Hirshhorn Museum, died Oct. 1 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital of complications from an infection. A longtime resident of Silver Spring, she had lived in Chevy Chase since 1996.
Mrs. Greenspan was born in Jersey City and attended New York University. In 1937, she married Martin Greenspan and moved to Washington. The couple moved to Silver Spring in 1941.
In the early 1940s, Mrs. Greenspan worked as a secretary for Labor's Non-Partisan League. While there, she led the secretaries in the office in forming a union, over the objections of their boss, Labor chief John L. Lewis.
In the 1960s, she worked as a secretary for the Montgomery County Mental Health Association.
She took art classes at the University of Maryland and Montgomery College. She enjoyed gardening and cooking.
Her husband died in 1987.
Survivors include three children, Robert M. Greenspan of Hull, Mass., Miriam G. Goldberg of Chevy Chase and Ruth L. Greenspan of Phoenix; and two grandchildren.
James Murry Hunter
James Murry Hunter, 83, a longtime professor of geography at Georgetown University, died Oct. 15 at his home in Rockville of complications from a stroke.
Dr. Hunter joined the Georgetown faculty in 1946 and taught political geography until he retired in 1986. He was the author of "Perspective on Ratzel's Political Geography," published in 1983, and he co-wrote several other books on geography with other professors. He also was a visiting professor at Boston University and wrote numerous articles for professional journals.
He was born in Homer City, Pa., and grew up in Indiana, Pa. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the baseball team and played oboe and clarinet in the college orchestra. He received a master's degree in geography from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in geography from the University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Belvoir.
He was a member of the American Association of Geographers and the American Association of University Professors.
He was a member of the Rockville Presbyterian Church and the Darnestown Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed writing sermons and occasionally delivered them from the pulpit.
Since 1950, Dr. Hunter had lived in Rockville, where he restored the 150-year-old farmhouse that is the family home. He enjoyed reading, golf, woodworking and landscaping.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Hunter of Rockville; a daughter, Kristin Viands of Keene, N.H.; three sons, Jamie Hunter of Olney, Scott B. Hunter of Aiken, S.C., and Doug Hunter of College Park; and five grandchildren.
Clayton L. Comfort
Marine Major General
Clayton L. Comfort, 74, a retired major general in the Marine Corps, died of lymphoma Oct. 14 at his home in Lawrence, Kan.
Gen. Comfort, who lived in Fairfax and Springfield when he was posted to the Washington area, taught Sunday school at Messiah Methodist Church in Springfield from the late 1960s through the early 1970s. He also taught an adult leadership class at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Burke in the late 1980s.
He was born in Ottawa County, Kan., and graduated from the University of Kansas. He flew jet fighter and attack aircraft for the Marine Corps and in 1960 earned a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
He served two tours in Vietnam and rose through the ranks to commanding general of Fleet Marine Force Atlantic by the time of his retirement in 1987. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal and two Bronze Stars.
After his retirement, he returned to Kansas and was on the board of Habitat for Humanity for 14 years.
Survivors include his wife, Ardis J. Comfort of Lawrence; three children, Anne Comfort of Burke, Lawrence Comfort of Westphalia, Kan., and Rebecca Phillips of Portland, Ore.; and nine grandchildren.
Marcia C. Steele Allison
Marcia C. Steele Allison, 95, a Chevy Chase resident and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Oct. 23 of renal failure and vascular disease at Brighton Gardens, a retirement home in Chevy Chase.
Mrs. Allison, a native of Brigham City, Utah, came to the Washington area in the 1930s. She was a member of the Latter-day Saints church on Western Avenue in Chevy Chase and held leadership positions in women's and youth groups. She also volunteered for many years at the Washington Mormon Temple in Kensington.
She lived in Chevy Chase for more than 60 years and was a member of the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. During World War II, she was a volunteer driver for servicemen in Washington.
Her husband of 52 years, Melbourne C. Steele, died in 1980.
In 1983, she married William M. Allison, who died in 1997.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia S. Romney of Salt Lake City and Berenice S. Theurer of Darnestown; 13 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Catherine Dartoozos, 84, a Washington restaurateur who was active in philanthropic organizations, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 27 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She lived in North Potomac.
Born in Piraeus, Greece, Mrs. Dartoozos taught French, piano and dance before she immigrated to this country in 1951. She settled in Washington, where she helped manage her husband's Greek-Italian restaurant, Casanova, for about 25 years.
She helped with the bookkeeping, cooking and cleaning, pitching in wherever she was needed.
In the 1970s and '80s, she worked as a seamstress at her sister's dry cleaning business, New York Merchant Tailoring Co. in Georgetown.
Over the years, she was active in the Washington area Greek community, especially in such philanthropic organizations as the Potomac Guild, the Philoptochos Society and the Andrian Society of America.
Mrs. Dartoozos, who was fluent in Italian as well as Greek and French, loved to listen to music, dance, cook and entertain friends.
Her husband, Anthony Dartoozos, died in 1971 after 18 years of marriage.
Survivors include her children, Maria Clothier of North Potomac and Milton Dartoozos of Mount Vernon; two sisters; and four grandchildren.
Blanche M. Brockwell
Procurement Contract Specialist
Blanche M. Brockwell, 84, a retired Army Security Agency contract specialist, died of cancer Oct. 31 at the Cobblestones at Fairmont assisted living community in Manassas.
Mrs. Brockwell, who lived in Manassas for 36 years, was a native of Mahanoy City, Pa. She moved to Washington in 1966 to work in the fingerprint identification division of the FBI, a job she held for about four years.
She later worked for about four years for American Standard Cos. Inc., and then another four years for the Army Security Agency, before retiring in 1984.
She was a Pink Lady volunteer at Prince William Hospital and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Manassas and the Prince William County Blue Birds, a seniors social organization.
Her husband, William J. Byrne, died in 1957 after 13 years of marriage. In 1968, she married Franklin K. Brockwell, who died in 1977.
Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Dennis Byrne of Fairfax and Debra Byrne of Everett, Wash.
David C. Coulter
David C. Coulter, 76, a self-employed electronics engineer who worked on producing devices to help people with hearing problems, died Oct. 25 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Vienna.
Dr. Coulter was an inventor who held five patents on basic research to improve binaural hearing. In recent years, he received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a mechanical device designed to help deaf infants recognize speech through vibrations and light.
He pursued his research through the firm Coulter Associates, which he started in 1978. He also co-founded another company, Metvox, to market his products.
In addition to his private research, Dr. Coulter worked for the Naval Research Laboratory from 1951 to 1954 and for Melpar Inc. in Falls Church from 1966 to 1984. He also was a part-time research engineer at Gallaudet University from 1987 to 1990.
Dr. Coulter was born in Fargo, N.D., and raised in Washington, where he graduated from Wilson High School and American University.
He was a member of Vienna Presbyterian Church and a past deacon at Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Winifred Coulter of Vienna; and three children, Douglas Lee Coulter of Floyd, Va., Ann Claire Coulter of San Francisco and James Russell Coulter of Blacksburg, Va.
William A. Gaston
Media Specialist, Author
William A. Gaston, 55, a retired Montgomery County public schools media specialist who wrote a book of spiritual reflections, died of liver cancer Oct. 22 at the Washington Home.
Mr. Gaston, who had lived in Washington for 34 years, was a native of Athens, Ohio, and a graduate of Ohio University. He received a master's degree in library science from Catholic University and took graduate-level courses in pastoral counseling at Loyola College in Baltimore.
He worked as a media specialist for the Montgomery school system for more than 20 years until liver cancer caused his health to fail in the mid-1990s.
Still, he managed to do volunteer work for the Washington Animal Rescue League and was an active member of Metropolitan Community Church in Washington. For more than three years, he wrote a column of spiritual reflections that appeared in the church's weekly bulletin.
In July, a compilation of his writings was published in a book titled "Christian With a Twist."
His companion, Randall Gurewitz, died in 2001.
Survivors include three sisters.