James Curtis Pegues

Supervisor, Truck Driver

James Curtis "Joe Pig" Pegues, 49, a supervisor and truck driver for a beverage equipment service and supply company, died Nov. 7 at Washington Hospital Center of injuries sustained in an Oct. 29 car accident on Interstate 395 near the Pentagon. He had lived in Woodbridge for the last four years.

Mr. Pegues worked 14 years at Washington-based Sodibar Systems, which services beverage equipment and delivers soda syrup and carbon dioxide to restaurants and stores throughout the metropolitan area. He supervised other drivers and sometimes made deliveries himself.

Mr. Pegues was born in Marlboro County, S.C., and grew up in Alexandria, graduating from T.C. Williams High School.

He volunteered at the Lee Center in Alexandria, speaking at Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and mentoring young people. He was a member of Alleyne AME Zion Church in Alexandria.

Mr. Pegues also did catering at the Lee Community Center for about 10 years. "He was everyone's chef," said his mother-in-law, Lillie White. "He catered the affairs, made sure they were right and did all the planning."

He also cooked at all his family reunions, in this area and in South Carolina. His pies were a favorite of family, co-workers and friends. During the holiday season, particularly, people would order his pecan, potato and coconut custard pies.

Survivors include his wife of eight years, Cheryl White Pegues, and a son, Aaron Pegues, both of Woodbridge; his father, James Pegues of McColl, S.C., formerly of Alexandria; four sisters, Janice Spriggs, Rachel Crenshaw, Kathrine Pegues and Pamela Pegues, all of Alexandria; and a brother, Hubert Pegues of Alexandria.

Angel Lucee Ovian Byrne

Soviet Specialist

Angel Lucee Ovian Byrne, 82, who was a Russian language analyst and later studied Soviet agriculture, died Oct. 19 of the effects of leukemia at her home in Arlington.

She moved to Washington in 1944 to work as a cryptographic clerk with the Armed Forces Security Agency. That agency later became the National Security Agency, for which Mrs. Byrne worked as an analyst of intercepted communications in the Russian language. From 1956 to 1958, she attended the U.S. Army Institute of Advanced Russian Studies in Oberammergau, Germany, studying the Russian language and Soviet affairs. She left the National Security Agency in 1965.

In 1970, Mrs. Byrne joined the Department of Agriculture, where she analyzed Soviet production of food and fiber. She traveled in the Soviet Union to observe cotton production in the southern republics of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan. She retired in 1984.

She was born in Whitinsville, Mass., and graduated from American International College in Springfield, Mass., in 1944.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed painting and making ceramic sculptures. She was a docent at the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the National Museum of American Art) from 1965 to 1975. She had lived in Arlington since 1963.

Her marriages to Walter O. Holland, in 1947, and to Lawrence H. Byrne Jr., in 1960, ended in divorce.

Survivors include a brother.

Mary Teresa 'Tess' McGregor

Military Veteran

Mary Teresa "Tess" McGregor, 81, a veteran of the British Women's Royal Naval Service who had lived in the Washington area since 1969, died of pancreatic cancer Nov. 11 at the Fairfax retirement community at Fort Belvoir.

Mrs. McGregor was born to Irish parents in Newport, Wales. Her uncle was Timothy Smiddy, Ireland's first envoy to the United States.

She was 12 when her father died, and the family moved to Bristol, England. There, she joined the British Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II.

She was stationed in southern England when she met Edward W. McGregor, an officer with the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division. They married in Bristol in 1947.

She spent the following years accompanying her husband on his various postings, which included assignments in Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany.

Mrs. McGregor lived in Alexandria for about 25 years until she moved to the Fairfax in 1994. Over the years, she enjoyed playing golf and bridge.

Her husband, a retired Army colonel, died in 1998.

Survivors include four children, Robert "Rory" McGregor of Sharon, Mass., Stephen McGregor of Washington, Mary Fields of Falls Church and Anne McGregor Higgins of Mount Vernon; a sister; and nine grandchildren.

William Lee Quaide

NASA Scientist

Dr. William Lee Quaide, 77, former chief of the Planetary Science branch of NASA, died Nov. 10 of cancer at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had lived in Burke since 1976.

He was a scientist for NASA for 29 years, the last 16 at its headquarters in Washington. He studied the first samples of lunar rocks and other materials that Apollo astronauts brought back from the moon.

Dr. Quaide started with NASA in 1963 at the Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, Calif. After studying the physics of craters, he analyzed lunar samples and studied the origins and histories of planetary surfaces. He wrote about 40 journal articles based on his research.

In 1976, he came to Washington, serving as chief of the Lunar Data Analysis and Synthesis program from 1976 to 1978. He was a scientist with the Planetary Geophysics and Geochemistry Program from 1978 to 1985. From 1985 until his retirement in 1992, he was chief of the Planetary Science branch.

Dr. Quaide was particularly interested in the geophysical composition of the planets, comets and meteors in the solar system. He saw the future of NASA's deep-space exploration in unmanned rockets and satellites returning scientific information to earth.

He received many awards during his tenure at NASA, including ones for outstanding research paper of the year and outstanding performance. He received the Edward A. Flinn III Award from the American Geophysical Union in 1992 and the Harold Masursky Award for meritorious service to planetary science from the American Astronomical Society in 1996.

Dr. Quaide was born in Paris, Ark., and grew up near San Diego. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 and received three degrees in geology from the University of California at Berkeley, including a doctorate in 1956. He spent seven years as a teacher, museum curator and researcher at the University of California, Pomona College and San Jose State University before joining NASA.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Evelyn Brokenshire Quaide of Burke; two sons, Chet Davis Quaide of Castro Valley, Calif., and Rustin Adley Quaide of Silver Spring; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Robert L. Parnell III

Marine Officer, Security Expert

Robert L. Parnell III, 58, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who lived in Alexandria off and on for 30 years, died of a heart attack Oct. 22 at a hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

He had been in Sierra Leone for the past two years as chief of security for a special U.N. court prosecuting war criminals.

Col. Parnell was born in Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his father was a Marine Corps pilot. The younger Parnell grew up in North Carolina and California.

He graduated from American University in 1972 and subsequently entered the Marine Corps. He served on active military duty for 23 years, which included a tour of duty as a platoon leader in Vietnam at the end of the war there.

Col. Parnell later served as a U.S. defense attache to Liberia and Sierra Leone. He was the Marine Corps attache to France before retiring from the military in 1995.

He then began his civilian career as a consultant specializing in government administration and management. His clients included the Palestinian National Authority.

Col. Parnell joined UNICEF as director of special operations in the former Yugoslavia and later became the agency's security director in Rwanda.

In 2002, he went to Sierra Leone to head security for the U.N.-backed war crimes court looking into the atrocities of the country's decade-long civil war.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Rosemary Parnell of Alexandria; two children, Kelly Myers of Charleston, S.C., and Robert Parnell IV of Alexandria; his mother, Mary Parnell of Alexandria; a sister, Denise Primdahl of Alexandria; a brother, William Parnell of California; and his maternal grandmother, Martha Funderburke of Orlando.

Robert Barry Dunigan Sr.

Real Estate Executive, Sailor

Robert Barry Dunigan Sr., 80, a retired real estate executive, died Nov. 10 from pulmonary complications at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Dunigan, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, was vice president of the family-owned real estate company, D.J. Dunigan Inc., in Washington for 35 years until his retirement in 1985.

He attended the Landon School and graduated from the former Admiral Farragut Academy in New Jersey. Mr. Dunigan served in the Navy for three years during World War II in the Aleutian Islands. After the war, he attended the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the sailing team.

Always an avid sailor, Mr. Dunigan was a lifelong member of the Gibson Island Club and Yacht Squadron, collecting many trophies during his days of racing Star boats. He also was a member of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association and the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association. During his retirement, Mr. Dunigan enjoyed cruising aboard his boat Arbedy and playing golf in Florida.

Mr. Dunigan had been a parishioner of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington since 1952.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patricia Temple Dunigan of Bethesda; eight children, Karen Bradley and Patricia "Dede" Pew, both of Frederick, Robert Dunigan Jr. and Mark Dunigan, both of Kensington, Sarah Spaulding of Haymarket, Linda Marrs of Germantown, Helen Silk of Rockville and Matthew Dunigan of Catonsville, Md.; and 19 grandchildren.