Mary Cecilia Waugh


Mary Cecilia Waugh, 91, a dietitian who volunteered as a nutritional counselor at workshops and health fairs, died of pneumonia Oct. 22 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Mrs. Waugh, who lived in Silver Spring, was a native of Seattle. She spent part of her childhood in Ireland, where her father, a master mariner, was stationed while serving in the U.S. Navy.

She graduated from the University of Washington in 1936 with a degree in nutrition and did an internship in social service training at a Seattle hospital. She worked in private practice, providing dietary counseling to clients with health problems. Later, she joined the Civil Service and became a dietitian at Fort Lewis, Wash. In the early 1940s, she accepted a commission to serve in the Army Medical Corps.

Mrs. Waugh remained at Fort Lewis until 1943, when she left the military to return to her family home in Seattle.

She moved to the Washington area in the late 1940s. She found ways to remain active in her profession while raising her four children. She maintained her accreditation as a dietitian, organized lectures on nutrition and volunteered at health fairs through the American Dietetic Association, of which she was a member.

She also played the first violin in the Montgomery County Orchestra and belonged to the Altar Society of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Her husband of 59 years, William Richard Waugh, died in 1989.

Survivors include four children, Kathleen Leonard of Fairfax, William Waugh of Great Falls, Daniel Waugh of Gaithersburg and Joan McGuire of Rockville; a brother; a sister; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Thomas Elliott Jeter

Dentist and Professor

Thomas Elliott Jeter, 75, a dentist who also worked as a professor and associate dean for student affairs at Howard University for 31 years, died of prostate cancer Oct. 20 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He lived in Wheaton.

Dr. Jeter, who taught anesthesiology and oral surgery, retired from Howard in July.

Dr. Jeter, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Dunbar High School. He served in the Navy Hospital Corps for four years until 1954. He graduated from Howard University Dental School with dual qualifications in anesthesiology and oral surgery in 1967. He interned at Harlem Hospital in New York and served his residency at St. Mary's Hospital in Queens, N.Y.

Dr. Jeter was a lifetime member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Washington.

His marriage to Delores Zimmerman ended in divorce. His second wife, Tayloria Glen, died in 2002.

Survivors include a son from his first marriage, Kelvin Thomas Jeter of Suitland; three stepsons, Gregory Spriggs, Rodney Spriggs and Anthony Spriggs, all of the District; three sisters, Bernice Elam of the District, Ruth Kilson of Philadelphia and Ann Haire of Benton Harbor, Mich.; two brothers, William Jeter of Bristol, Fla., and Josiah Jeter of Clinton; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Frederick A. Smith

Teacher and Principal

Frederick A. Smith, 84, a longtime teacher and principal in the D.C. public schools, died of heart disease Oct. 28 at Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Smith was born in the District and grew up in Southwest. He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1937. In 1941, he received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from Miner Teachers College (which later merged into the University of the District of Columbia). He received a master's degree in administration and supervision from New York University in 1948. He also studied psychology and management at American University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

He began his teaching career at Twining Elementary School in the 1942-43 school year. Over the next two decades, he also taught at Slater, Langston, Buncy, J.O. Wilson, Simmons and Goding elementary schools. He became principal of the Blow Pierce Elementary School in 1962, where he remained until retiring in 1980.

While a teacher and principal, he was involved with numerous community groups, including the East Central Civic Association, Commissioners Youth Council and the Parent Teacher Association. He also helped the parents of Pierce Elementary School students establish a Girl Scout troop.

In retirement, he remained active with the Elementary Principals Association as state representative, as well as with D.C. public schools staff development and the Adult Learning and Training Association. He also was a Ward 5 appointee to the D.C. Cable Television Design Commission.

Mr. Smith's wife, Jean C. Samuels, died in 1993.

Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey Smith of Columbia and Brian Smith of Lanham; and three grandsons.

James L. Yoxtheimer


James L. Yoxtheimer, 68, a sixth-grade teacher in Darnestown for 30 years, died of cancer Oct. 8 in a nursing facility at Lock Haven, Pa. He formerly lived in Darnestown.

Mr. Yoxtheimer was a strict teacher, his students at Darnestown Elementary School told a local newspaper 11 years ago. He required a weekly book report and the recitation of a memorized poem each Monday, they said.

"It's a big transition from sixth grade to junior high, and it's critical that the students develop positive attitudes and good study disciplines," Mr. Yoxtheimer told the Gaithersburg Gazette in 1993.

He saved his students' papers for years, challenged them in class and made such an impression that upon his retirement, an addition to the school's gymnasium was named after him. Students, parents, teachers and staff members also gave him luggage and a trip to Europe.

He was born in Lock Haven and graduated from Lock Haven University before receiving a master's degree in education administration from Pennsylvania State University in 1961. He taught elementary school in his home town for six years before moving to Darnestown Elementary.

At Darnestown, he was adviser to the chess club and the school safety patrol and headed the outdoor education program. He taught history and English to exchange students. He moved to Lock Haven after his 1993 retirement.

Survivors include five sisters.

Eugene I. 'Gene' Wood

Golf Starter and Caddy Master

Eugene I. "Gene" Wood, 71, a golf starter and caddy master at Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington for 27 years, died Oct. 30 of cancer at his home in Bonita Springs, Fla. He had lived in Arlington for 54 years before moving to Florida in 1987.

As a golf starter, he checked players in at the first tee time, and he assigned caddies to golfers as caddie master.

Mr. Wood, a Washington native, attended Washington-Lee High School and graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School. While in high school, he worked for Honick's clothing store in Arlington. He served in the Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.

Following the 37-year legacy of his father, "Brick" Wood, he and his brother operated Brick Wood's Driving Range, formerly located on Arlington Boulevard. The range was owned by the family for 22 years, and Mr. Wood ran it until the 1960s.

After retiring from Washington Golf and Country Club, he moved to Bonita Springs and enjoyed fishing, golf, riding his bike and walking the beach.

His marriage to Sandra Wood Prince ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Gail Wood of Bonita Springs; three children from his first marriage, Cindy Wood of Arlington, Michael Wood of Plantation, Fla., and Lisa Cochran of Exeter, N.H.; his brother, William H. Wood of Fairfax; a stepson, Victor Balseca of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Jon T. Schneeberger

National Geographic Photographer

Jon T. Schneeberger, 66, former illustrations editor at the National Geographic, died Oct. 31 of cancer at his home in Ladue, Mo. He also lived in Alexandria.

He began his career with National Geographic in 1965. In 1967, he began to specialize in photographing the space program for the magazine and atlases published by the National Geographic Society. He covered 11 manned Apollo missions for the Geographic and coordinated the magazine's photographic coverage of the space program, including the Skylab and space shuttle programs.

He photographed a National Geographic cover story about the space shuttle and was one of the few Western journalists admitted to space facilities in the former Soviet Union. In addition to his work on space, he covered a story about indigenous people in Brazil for the Geographic.

Mr. Schneeberger was born in New York and grew up in Ladue, a suburb of St. Louis. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received a master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

After retiring from the Geographic in 1995, he worked on several television productions about space for the Discovery network and edited illustrations for books published by the National Geographic and Smithsonian Institution.

Survivors include a brother.

Marguerite Scafati

Bishop Ireton Vice Principal

Marguerite Scafati, 58, former vice principal of Bishop Ireton High School, died at her Fairfax Station home Nov. 1 of breast cancer.

Mrs. Scafati was born in Coral Gables, Fla., and grew up in various locations as the daughter of an Army officer. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1969. She received a master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Virginia in 1972, and her K-12 administrative certification the same year.

From 1979 to 1990, she worked at St. Mary's Academy in Alexandria, an all-girls high school. She was the school's director of guidance before becoming its first lay principal in 1987. Under her direction, St. Mary's became one of the first private schools to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

When St. Mary's closed in 1989, she was invited by the Rev. William F. Walsh, then principal of Bishop Ireton, to help integrate girls into the school and to serve as vice principal of academics. She was vice principal until June, when she took a leave of absence.

Known for her dedication and commitment to the school, she frequently volunteered with her husband to chaperone at extracurricular events, including overseas class trips. A plaque with her picture hangs outside the math room at Bishop Ireton as a permanent reminder of her dedication and impact on the school.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Dr. Anthony Scafati of Fairfax Station; a daughter, Christina Boyce, also of Fairfax Station; and five grandchildren.

Frank M. Curtin

FTC Official

Frank M. Curtin, 53, who held several positions with the Federal Trade Commission, died Oct. 28 at a hospital in Charleston, S.C., of infections after a liver biopsy. He underwent a liver transplant this year after doctors diagnosed hepatitis, which he contracted from a blood transfusion many years ago. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Curtin joined the FTC in 1980 as a systems analyst and later was chief of the office that provided support to the agency's attorneys and economists during litigation. He also worked with the Bureau of Competition on investigations. He programmed some of the original computer systems used by the commission.

He helped produce reports on cigarettes and tobacco and on children's online violence for the Bureau of Consumer Protection and assisted that bureau and regional offices in court cases involving the enforcement of FTC regulations. He also helped to establish the litigation support function within the Jamaican government.

Mr. Curtin was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in history and philosophy. He received a master's degree in public administration from Penn State in 1976. He served in the National Guard from 1970 to 1976.

He came to Washington in 1976 and worked for two research firms, Auerbach Associates and Cexec Inc., before joining the FTC. He lived in Arlington County from 1978 to 1989, when he moved to Falls Church.

Mr. Curtin was also an advocate of organ donation and had appeared before Congress to speak in support of it.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Betsy Curtin of Falls Church; a brother, John Curtin of Philadelphia; and a sister, Mary Alice Winch of Takoma Park.

Catherine Wilson Noble

Pentagon and NIH Secretary

Catherine Wilson Noble, 87, a secretary with the federal government, died Oct. 31 of vascular disease at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Noble, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Dunbar High School and the Cortez Peters typing school. In 1940, she became a secretary for the military and later worked at the Pentagon for about 20 years.

In the 1960s, she became a secretary at the National Institutes of Health, where she stayed until her retirement in 1972. She was capable of typing 100 words a minute on an electric typewriter.

Mrs. Noble lived in several locations in the District before moving to Takoma Park in 1988. Since 1996, she had lived in Silver Spring.

She was known as an excellent cook and for her good humor.

Her marriage to Raymon A. Noble Sr. ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Vita Noble of Silver Spring and Dr. Raymon A. Noble of Huntingtown; a sister, Thelma Temple of the District; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.