Leroy C. Dillard

Teacher, Administrator

Leroy C. Dillard, 86, a retired D. C. public school teacher and administrator, died May 8 of stomach cancer at Providence Hospital in Washington.

Mr. Dillard, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Dunbar High School in 1936. He graduated from Miner Teachers College, now a part of the University of the District of Columbia, in 1940, and received a master's degree in education from New York University in 1950. He also did graduate work at Catholic University, American University, the University of Buffalo and the University of Maine.

He became a teacher in the D.C. public schools in 1941. He was a teacher and principal at Bundy Elementary School, Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School and Scott-Montgomery Elementary School, before becoming the first principal at Anne M. Goding Elementary School in the late 1950s. He helped make Goding an international demonstration school for inner-city education. He left Goding in the late 1960s to become an executive assistant to the vice superintendent. He retired in 1972.

Shortly after retiring, he went to work at American Security Bank on Blair Road, first as a greeter, then manager and then assistant vice president. He retired again in 1985.

Active in community affairs, he served as an election official, as a longtime judge for the National Spelling Bee, as a volunteer at Northwest Settlement House and as a member of the Area L Commissioners' Youth Council. He also was a member of the Pigskin Club, the "M" Club and Bachelor Benedicts. He served as treasurer of the Dunbar Class of '36 for nearly 70 years. He was a member and trustee of Calvary Episcopal Church in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ruth Dillard of Washington; a son, Brian Dillard of Silver Spring; two sisters, Ann Tweedy and Yvonne Spriggs, and a brother, Herbert Thomas Jr., all of Washington; and a grandson.

Sandra Lovett Ray

Children's Writer

Sandra Lovett Ray, 59, a writer of children's literature, died of brain cancer May 25 at her home in Crofton.

Mrs. Ray had a lifelong interest in children's literature, and for the past five years, she contributed short pieces to several magazines. Last year, a few weeks after undergoing brain surgery, she contributed an article to Odyssey that appeared in a special issue devoted to the physicist Richard Feynman.

At the time of her death, she was working on a nonfiction story about a smallpox outbreak in Colorado in 1880.

She was a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Mrs. Ray, an Atlanta native, returned to school and received her teaching certificate in 1976 from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. She later attended Georgia State University and the University of Colorado, majoring in geology.

She taught at Montessori schools in Atlanta and Houston and worked for several geophysical exploration companies in Denver and Houston. For a short period in the 1980s, she operated a bulldozer in a Colorado gold mine.

Mrs. Ray was also an excellent seamstress and made many of her own clothes.

A resident of Crofton for 18 years, she volunteered in the library at Crofton Woods Elementary School.

Her marriage to Joseph Tate ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Richard D. Ray of Crofton; two children from her first marriage, Michael Joseph Tate of Atlanta and Kathleen Tate Franklin of Corvallis, Ore., and a son from the second marriage, Nathan Victor Ray of Crofton; and seven grandchildren.

Oscar C. Lott

Employment Expert

Oscar C. Lott, 89, who held positions in personnel management and later ran a company to train federal workers, died of complications from an infection May 30 at Sleepy Hollow Nursing Home in Annandale.

Mr. Lott first came to Washington during World War II to work as director of civilian employment for the Bureau of Aeronautics of the Navy Department. He later joined the J.W. Marriott Corp. as director of training and personnel. He played a role in expanding Marriott's chain of Hot Shoppes restaurants.

After working for a New York investment firm for several years in the 1950s, he returned to the Washington area as training director for the old Federal Aviation Agency. During his time at the FAA, Mr. Lott initiated a standardized flight training program for pilots that eventually included the first use of flight simulators.

In about 1965, he left the FAA to open a nonprofit corporation, the Manpower Evaluation and Development Institute. In the late 1960s, he launched the Education and Development Corp., a company that worked with federal agencies in training and educating workers.

He also taught personnel administration at Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland. He retired in the late 1970s and moved to Merritt Island, Fla.

In 1984, Mr. Lott published an employment guide, "How to Land a Better Job," with his wife, Catherine Lott, who was also was a personnel specialist. He also published several paperback mystery novels, and wrote a number of essays for newspapers and magazines.

In 1985 and 1986, Mr. Lott designed an early interactive training program for computer on English grammar and usage. The venture did not sell well, perhaps because personal computers were still in their infancy and were not yet in wide use.

"He had a way of seeing things early," said his son, Kelley Lott, "sometimes too early."

Mr. Lott was born in Springfield, Mass., and grew up in Wilmington, Del. He graduated from the University of Delaware. He began his career with the Hotel Dupont in Wilmington after receiving a master's degree in education from GU in the late 1930s.

He had lived in Bethesda, the Mount Vernon section of Fairfax County and Lorton before moving to Florida. He lived in Manassas from 1992 until shortly before his death.

His wife of 44 years died in 1992.

Survivors include his son, of Marshall, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Augustus Crenshaw III

Estate and Trusts Lawyer

Augustus Pemberton Crenshaw III, 89, an estate and trusts lawyer, died of cardiovascular disease May 24 at his home in Chevy Chase.

A native Washingtonian, Mr. Crenshaw has his own private practice during the 1940s, then spent 25 years as a trust officer for American Security and Trust Co. until he retired in the mid-1970s.

He returned to private practice until retiring a second time in the mid-1990s.

He was a graduate of McKinley Technical High School and Georgetown University. He received a law degree from GU's law school in 1939.

He was a member of the D.C. chapter of the Barristers Club and the local estate planning council.

He was a member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic church in Washington since it was founded.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary O'Brien Crenshaw of Chevy Chase.

Vesta Batters

Advertising Executive, Volunteer

Vesta Batters, 92, a former Woodward & Lothrop advertising executive and Red Cross volunteer, died of pneumonia June 1 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

Mrs. Batters managed the department store's furniture advertising campaigns for about 20 years, until the mid-1980s.

She was a Red Cross Gray Lady at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington and a volunteer at the Washington Home hospice.

Mrs. Batters, who lived in Washington for more than half a century, was a native of Rutland, Vt.

She attended Syracuse University in New York State and graduated from the University of Alabama.

Her husband, WRC radio personality Charles Batters, died in 1954.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Claude 'Tracy' Warhurst

Salesperson, Bricklayer

Claude Gresham Warhurst, 57, a salesperson at Merrifield Garden Center in Fairfax, died May 9 at his home in Fairfax City of complications from heart disease.

Mr. Warhurst, known as Tracy, was born in Russellville, Ala. He moved to Northern Virginia in 1957 and attended Marshall High School in Falls Church.

He became a bricklayer and worked for his brother before serving in the Army from 1967 to 1969.

He was with the 9th Infantry Division's 43rd Scout Dog Platoon in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star.

After serving in the military, he resumed his work as a bricklayer in Charleston, S.C., Northern Virginia and elsewhere.

He worked at the Fairfax location of Merrifield Garden Center from 1988 until his death.

He had a lifelong love of horses and was an accomplished rider.

During the late 1960s, he briefly published and edited a magazine, the Virginia Showman. He also enjoyed working with his hands and being outdoors.

Mr. Warhurst's two marriages, to Bonnie Ray Warhurst and Laura Stowers Warhurst, ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children from the second marriage, Lindsay Warhurst of Fairfax City and Brandon Warhurst, Brittany Warhurst and Cody Warhurst, all of Harpers Ferry; three brothers, Lee Warhurst and Bob Warhurst, both of Fairfax City, and Carl Warhurst of Vienna; and two sisters, Margene Scruggs of San Antonio and Jane VonPingle of Cape Coral, Fla.