Gloria Lynn Elliott
Gloria Lynn Elliott, 57, a retired budget analyst at the Department of Energy, died of severe brain trauma May 30 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a fall from a horse. She lived in Midland, Fauquier County.
Ms. Elliott was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Thomas Edison High School in Fairfax County. She was attending Northern Virginia Community College when a counselor helped her get a job with the federal government. She was a federal employee for 38 years, until she retired Feb. 1.
She enjoyed riding and engaging in the equestrian sport of team penning. She was a member of the Blue Ridge Team Penning Association and the U.S. Team Penning Association. She also was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Midland.
Her marriage to Roger Elliott ended in divorce.
Survivors include her parents, Hazel and Donald Marshall of Alexandria; a brother, Covert Williamson of Mount Vernon; and a sister, Carolyn Brown of Alexandria.
Elizabeth 'Libby' Mills
Elizabeth Stevens "Libby" Mills, 75, who owned and operated a day-care service from 1967 to 1979 at her home in Alexandria, died May 26 at her residence. She had cancer.
Mrs. Mills was a native of Dansville, N.Y., and a 1952 elementary education graduate of what is now the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.
She settled in the Washington area after college and briefly taught at Belle View Elementary School in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.
She was a charter member of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, where she had taught Sunday school.
She helped raise money for the Society of St. Andrew, an ecumenical Christian hunger relief ministry, and participated in its "mile of pennies" campaign. She also knit hats for ministries.
She was a former Cub Scout den mother.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Ralph W. Mills of Alexandria; four children, Ralph Steven Mills of Lenoir, N.C., William Wesley Mills of Alexandria, Gayle E.M. Arbogast of Woodbridge and Carol E. Mills of Reston; a brother; a sister; and seven grandchildren.
George E. Knapp Jr.
George E. Knapp Jr., 89, a retired computer specialist at the Department of Transportation, died of pancreatic cancer May 30 at the ManorCare nursing home in Arlington.
He was born in Bloomington, Ill., and graduated from the University of Maryland. He also received a master's degree in political science in 1961 from Maryland.
He served in the Army and the Air Force as an air traffic controller from 1942 until 1968 and then worked for the DOT. He lived in the Washington area from 1957 to 1980 and from 1995 to 2000. At the time of his death, he was a resident of Satellite Beach, Fla.
His wife, Doris Carlton Knapp, died in 2000.
Survivors include two stepdaughters, Lois E. Knapp of Arlington and Lynn D. Allan of Albuquerque; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Joseph Leiter, 90, a longtime official with the National Cancer Institute who later helped direct the National Library of Medicine, died May 27 of diabetes and kidney failure at Springhouse at Westwood, an assisted-living facility in Bethesda, where he resided.
Dr. Leiter joined the cancer institute in 1939, two years after its founding as part of the National Institutes of Health. At the time of his retirement from NCI in 1966, he was director of the Cancer Chemotherapy National Service Center, a unit involved with screening new drugs for cancer treatment.
From 1967 to 1983, he was associate director of NIH's National Library of Medicine, where he helped develop the computerized retrieval of information from medical journals.
Dr. Leiter was born in New York and graduated from Brooklyn College. He worked at the National Bureau of Standards in 1934 and 1935, and from 1935 to 1939 was a fellow at Harvard University.
He served in the Army in Europe from 1942 to 1946, reaching the rank of captain. He received a doctorate in biochemistry from Georgetown University in 1949.
An annual lecture at the National Library of Medicine is named in Dr. Leiter's honor.
He lived in Washington from 1939 to 1950 and in Chevy Chase from 1951 to 1997.
His wife of 55 years, Sarah Freedman Leiter, died in 1994.
Survivors include two sons, Andrew B. Leiter of Wellesley, Mass., and Everett R. Leiter of New York; a brother; a sister; and a granddaughter.