The Nov. 19 obituary gave the wrong first name for Robert Myers. (Published 11/20/04)
Robert A. Strizzi
Certified Public Accountant
Robert A. Strizzi, 85, a certified public accountant who worked for the federal government for 27 years, died of esophageal cancer Nov. 12 at Sunrise Senior Living Center in Washington.
Mr. Strizzi, a Philadelphia native, moved to Washington as a child and graduated from McKinley Technical High School and Ben Franklin University.
During World War II, he served in the Army in the headquarters of the U.S. Armed Forces Pacific.
Mr. Strizzi worked as an accountant for the Departments of Commerce and the Interior and served as the director of the budget for the Office of Saline Water. He retired from the government in 1973 and opened his own accounting business, which he ran for the next 20 years.
He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington for more than 50 years.
His wife, Irene Paravati Strizzi, died in 2001.
Survivors include a daughter, Frances S. Boczon of Fredericksburg; and a granddaughter.
Marie C. Stark
Marie C. Stark, 90, a retired archivist and assistant secretary of the International Monetary Fund, died of congestive heart disease Nov. 15 at her home in Washington.
She was the second archivist at the IMF, rising to that position in 1952. She oversaw the development of a comprehensive records program for the organization and participated in the joint annual meetings of the boards of governors of the IMF and the World Bank.
Mrs. Stark was born in Memphis and graduated from what was then Mississippi State College for Women. She received a master's degree from the University of Arkansas and a master's in library science from Columbia University in 1935. She moved to Washington in 1937.
Starting as an assistant archivist at the National Archives for six years, she moved in 1943 to the War Production Board, which later became the Civilian Production Administration. In 1947, she moved to the IMF.
Ms. Stark was an outspoken lifelong advocate of women's education, serving as president in 1973 of the D.C. branch of the American Association of University Women. She also was a committed internationalist: At the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, she was treasurer, a member of the executive committee and a member of the board of directors.
She also was a member of the IMF Retirees Association, the Woman's National Democratic Club and the Volunteers of the Kennedy Center.
She had no immediate survivors.
Edward P. Webster
Edward P. Webster, 57, a retired financial systems manager for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., died Nov. 14 of chronic renal failure and congestive heart disease at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. He had diabetes.
Mr. Webster worked for the federal government in the field of financial systems his entire career, including stints at the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the Department of Education and the FDIC, from which he retired in June.
Born in St. Marys, Pa., Mr. Webster graduated from Northwood High School in Wheaton and the University of Maryland. He received a master's degree in business administration from American University in 1972.
He was a Columbia resident and a member of the Lions Club, Latin America Parents Association and FISH of Howard County.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Webster; two children, Kenneth Webster and Christine Webster; and a brother, John Webster, all of Columbia.
Marjorie Martin Gardner
Marjorie Martin Gardner, 90, a retired administrative assistant with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, died of hypoxemia and a heart attack Nov. 13 at her home in Alexandria.
She worked at the museum's marine biology division from 1961 until her retirement in 1980.
Mrs. Gardner was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in ceramics. She worked for a while with the Homer Laughlin China Co. in East Liverpool.
Mrs. Gardner was a resident of Alexandria for 65 years. While raising her children, she was active with the League of Women Voters, was the leader of a Girl Scout troop and served on the local council of that organization.
In the 1940s, she taught ceramics at a community center in the District.
After retiring, she returned to her love of ceramics. She bought a kiln and put it in her back yard, her daughter said. "She had a real student's attitude. She was working on technical things all the time," Virginia Louis said. "She was always trying to make it better."
Her husband of 62 years, James Gardner, died in 2002.
In addition to Louis, of Amesbury, Mass., survivors include two other daughters, Nancy Currier of Takoma Park and Patricia Nettle of Gig Harbor, Wash.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Millard J. Boteler
Millard J. Boteler, 97, an IBM employee, died Nov. 13 of pneumonia at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. A 90-year resident of Washington, he had lived in Fairfax Station for the past seven years.
Mr. Boteler lived in Georgetown almost all his life. He received an eighth-grade diploma from the Jackson School and, in 1923, went to work for the Tabulating Machine Co. in Washington, the forerunner of IBM. Mr. Boteler was a clerk in the shipping department of IBM and, during World War II, became a manager. He retired in 1971.
In 1928, he was a pitcher for the Corinthians, a sandlot baseball team that won the city championship in a game played on the Ellipse near the White House. He played sandlot baseball for four years and was on IBM company softball teams for 20 years.
He served in the National Guard from 1929 to 1932 and also worked as an usher at Washington Redskins games from about 1940 to 1966.
After he retired from IBM, he drove an airport limousine for Airport Transport Service Inc. until 1983.
He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, and the Georgetown Optimists Club. In recent years, he was a member of the Sully Senior Center in Centreville.
His wife of 70 years, Frances V. Boteler, died in 2001.
Survivors include two sons, Millard E. Boteler of Centreville and Richard F. Boteler of Fairfax Station; a sister, Anna Brown of Hagerstown; a brother, Lawrence Boteler of McLean; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Nathan Henn, 83, a retired systems analyst with the Johns Manville Corp., died of complications from renal failure Oct. 31 at the Casey House in Rockville.
Mr. Henn lived part time in the Washington area for about 12 years, then relocated in 1999 to the Ring House in Rockville, where he received a Good Samaritan award for volunteer work.
Born in New Brunswick, N.J., Mr. Henn graduated from Rutgers University. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and served with the 75th Division, 291st Infantry. He was a staff sergeant in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart. He also participated in the Colmar and Ruhr campaigns and was awarded the Bronze Star.
He went to work for the Johns Manville Corp. in New Jersey and moved with the company when it relocated to Littleton, Colo., in 1972. He also was a consultant on hazardous material transportation for Continental Airlines.
A prolific reader with a photographic memory, he tutored many students, including some at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda.
Mr. Henn was a member of the Jewish War Veterans, Rockville Post 692 and the 75th Division Veterans Association, and he became active in reunions of his division and company F, for which he had been the historian. His last outing was a visit to the National World War II Memorial.
His wife of 39 years, Beatrice Henn, died in 1987.
Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Krosin of Bethesda; and two grandsons.
Leigh Ganzel Harding
Leigh Ganzel Harding, 80, an Adelphi resident who volunteered in numerous charitable activities, died Nov. 15 at Washington Adventist Hospital of a stroke.
Mrs. Harding was born Bessilee Ganzel in Albion, Neb. After graduating from high school, she studied in Minneapolis to be a laboratory technician. In 1952, she married James Franklin Harding Jr., an attorney with the U.S. Postal Service, and the couple soon moved to the Washington area. She had lived in Adelphi since 1969.
Her volunteer activities included tutoring schoolchildren at First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville and ushering at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. She also volunteered with the PEO sorority, of which she was a member for more than 50 years. In addition, she was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society.
Her husband died in 1995.
Survivors include two sons, James Harding III of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jonathan Harding of Springfield; a brother; and two granddaughters.
Katrina Van Hook Taylor
Katrina Van Hook Taylor, 92, retired chief curator at the Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington, died Nov. 16 of pulmonary failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She was a resident of Chevy Chase.
Mrs. Taylor joined the staff of the museum, formerly the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post on Linnean Avenue near Rock Creek Park, in 1966. She became chief curator and published several articles on the museum's collections. She retired in 1996, after 30 years at Hillwood, where her specialty was decorative arts.
Mrs. Taylor was born in New York. She graduated summa cum laude in 1933 from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., where she majored in art history. She won a scholarship to study at Harvard University's Fogg Museum of Art in 1933-34. She was a student in Professor Paul Sach's legendary "egg and plaster course," which exposed budding art historians to the diversity of materials and techniques artists have used through the centuries. She received a master's degree from Harvard in 1934.
She studied art history in Germany in 1936 and taught art history at Bryn Mawr College from 1936 to 1938. From 1938 to 1940, she taught art history at Smith. From 1941 to 1945, she worked at the National Gallery of Art, starting as a museum aide before the museum opened and later becoming associate curator in charge of educational work.
She was art critic for The Washington Post in 1945 and 1946, and taught art history at American University from 1958 to 1960.
In 1943, she married Paul Bennett Taylor, a foreign affairs officer at the State Department. Her husband joined the Foreign Service in 1955, and the family was assigned to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 1955 to 1958.
After returning to the District for two years, she moved with her husband to Germany in 1960. They lived in Stuttgart and Munich from 1960 to 1965. Her husband died in 1966.
Survivors include a daughter, Joanna Taylor Ostle of Chevy Chase; and two grandsons.
Richard Myers, 86, a retired government lithographer, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 15 at his home in Silver Spring.
He was born in Lincoln, Neb., and served in the Navy during World War II as a printing plant superintendent. After the war, he worked as a civilian for the Navy Department at the Naval Ordnance Lab in White Oak. He retired in 1973.
In 1997, he returned to the area to work as a starter on the White Oak golf course, where he was employed for seven years and played three or four times a week.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Helen J. Myers of Silver Spring; five children, James R. Myers of Ijamsville, Martha M. Shulenberger of Charlotte, Johanna M. Berkowitz of St. Helena, Calif., Timothy W. Myers of Solomon's Island, Md., and Colleen M. Histon of Mount Airy; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Clare Wilson 'C.W.' White
Clare Wilson "C.W." White, 83, retired administrator at the National Institutes of Health, died of cardiovascular disease Nov. 13 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
Mr. White worked at NIH for 32 years, retiring in 1979. During World War II, he served in the Navy in Iceland and in the United States.
Mr. White was born in LaFayette Ill., and earned a bachelor's degree from Southeastern University in Washington. He moved to the Washington area 56 years ago.
He was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church. He enjoyed square dancing, RV camping, designing and crafting stained glass, reading and keeping up with sports, politics and world affairs.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Eileen Catlett White of Bethesda; two daughters, Donna E. White of Germantown and Darlene W. Sensenich of Sharon, Vt.; and three grandchildren.