Sylvia Rose McDowell Hallex
Information Technology Manager
Sylvia Rose McDowell Hallex, 67, an information technology manager for the Air Force and the Department of Defense, died May 29 of cancer at her home in Falls Church.
She came to the Washington area in 1963 and raised six children before attending George Mason University, from which she graduated in 1981. She worked at the Pentagon as a technology specialist from 1982 to 2000.
Mrs. Hallex was born in Birmingham and accompanied her husband, an Air Force officer, on assignments throughout the United States and overseas. She was a volunteer youth counselor at Alternative House, a center for abused and homeless children formerly located in McLean.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Robert A. Hallex; six children, Pamela Solomon of Ashburn, Julie Hallex of Annandale, Robert Hallex Jr. of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Kurt Hallex, Stephen Hallex and Timothy Hallex, all of Falls Church; and five grandchildren.
Tinsley Halter Cunningham
Polo Player, Businessman
Tinsley Halter Cunningham, 82, a former falconer, polo player and majority owner of Lanman Engraving Co., died of cancer June 1 at his home in Chevy Chase.
Mr. Cunningham, known as Halter, was born in Chevy Chase and attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He learned falconry as a teenager, flying the birds on Chevy Chase Circle and keeping them in his back yard.
He was a Marine during World War II and served in the Pacific theater with the 1st Marine Division. Landing with the first wave on Guadalcanal on Aug. 7, 1942, he spent four months on the island, where he was wounded in battle and caught malaria. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
After the war, he was a game warden with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for two years. He was responsible for enforcing newly enacted migratory waterfowl regulations on the Chesapeake Bay, patrolling the bay and its tributaries in a single-engine Taylor Craft floatplane.
Mr. Cunningham, an authority on trapping and training falcons, was long concerned about their diminishing numbers and was involved with the Peregrine Fund for many years.
In addition to the outdoors, his passion was polo. A member of the Potomac Polo Club and the U.S. Polo Association, he spent his winters during the late 1950s playing polo in Del Ray and Gulfstream, Fla. He also played in Jamaica and Barbados and formed a polo team, named for his farm, the Dollbaby, in Darnestown. He was a founder and first president of the National Capital Polo Club, which used to play on the Mall.
He joined Washington-based Lanman Engraving in 1947. The business had been in the Cunningham family since 1911 and by the early 1950s included Lanman Progressive of Washington, Lanman Lithotech and Central Florida Press of Orlando and Lanman Systems Group of Tampa.
His company eventually became the largest privately owned pre-press and commercial printing enterprise in the eastern United States and produced the color pre-press film for Smithsonian magazine, the National Geographic Society, Time-Life Books., L.L. Bean and Disney. The Lanman companies were sold to World Color Press in 1995.
From 1998 until his death, he was co-owner, along with his son, of Nauticon Imaging Systems, an authorized photocopier and fax dealership in Gaithersburg.
His marriage to Barbara Jean Baldridge Cunningham ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Margaret "Peggy" Crowe Cunningham of Chevy Chase; four children from his first marriage, Mark Kelley Cunningham of New Iberia, La., Bruce Bradley Cunningham of Santa Fe, N.M., Tyler Reid Cunningham of Rockville and Justin Winslow Cunningham of Washington; two stepchildren from his second marriage, Thomas Francis Cunningham of Bethesda and Mary Cunningham Torrence of Wellesley, Mass.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.