The June 23 obituary of James A. Socknat stated incorrectly that his marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Socknat's wife, Nancy Weir Socknat, died in 1985. The obituary also omitted that Mr. Socknat was survived by a granddaughter. (Published 6/24/2005)
Brenda Elaine Pillors
Congressional Chief of Staff
Brenda Elaine Pillors, 52, chief of staff for Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), died of complications from an asthma attack June 12 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was an Annandale resident.
Ms. Pillors worked for Towns since 1982, after first coming to Washington as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow, and working for the late New York Democratic representative Shirley Chisholm.
Her job on Capitol Hill required her to manage the legislative staff and work on issues of foreign affairs, education, health care and immigration. She had direct legislative responsibility for health and agriculture matters.
Ms. Pillors was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where she also received a master's degree in criminology in the late 1970s and a doctoral degree in criminal justice in 1982.
She was a fan of televised sports and exercised "at least 360 days per year," her partner said. She also was known for helping people in need, whether they were 14 Liberian orphans seeking asylum or a Hill staffer who had lost a job.
Survivors included her partner of 16 years, Marwan Burgan of Annandale.
Robert C. Reed
Robert C. Reed, 67, an author and part-time professor of American literature and writing whose book titles include a pictorial history of Washington, died of cancer June 12 at his home in Old Town Alexandria.
Mr. Reed was the author of "Old Washington, D.C. in Early Photographs 1846-1932." The book, published by Dover Publications in 1980, features 224 rare photographs of Washington life from pre-Civil War to the modern era.
He conducted his research at the Library of Congress and compiled photographs for his other books, "Train Wrecks" (1968), "The Streamline Era" (1975), "The New York Elevated" (1978), "Crash: Travel Mishaps and Calamities" (1999) and "Smashups: The Hazards of Travel" (1999).
He also edited "32 Picture Post Cards, Old Washington, D.C. -- Ready to Mail" and wrote an architectural column for the Alexandria Gazette Packet newspaper.
Mr. Reed was born in Toledo and raised in Lima, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and received a master's degree in English literature from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
In 1961, he took a part-time English and writing teaching position at the Agriculture Department night-school program in Washington. He kept that job while teaching at St. Stephen's School in Alexandria from 1968 to 1988.
He taught at George Washington University for a couple of years in the late 1980s, then took another part-time teaching position, at Marymount University in Arlington.
He left the Agriculture Department in 1998. He continued to teach at Marymount until his death.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Alexandria and past president of the Alexandria Library Company, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Old Town Alexandria.
Survivors include a sister.
James A. Socknat
World Bank Official
James A. Socknat, 65, a retired World Bank senior manager and education specialist, died June 11 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of complications following a lung transplant in December. He lived in McLean.
Mr. Socknat held various positions within the World Bank from 1976 until his retirement in 2002. His titles included manpower specialist, senior economist and chief of the education division's technical department for the Africa region.
His final post was education sector leader and sector manager in the Europe and Central Asia region, where he worked with foreign ministries to design and implement public education system reforms.
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, he graduated from Iowa State University in 1961 and received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1966.
Before and during law school, he worked at the Labor Department as a social science research analyst and manpower labor economist. He then moved to the Middle East in 1969 when he accepted a position with the Ford Foundation to serve as an adviser on manpower development, education and labor issues. He worked in Amman, Jordan, and Manama, Bahrain, among other places.
Returning to the United States in 1975, he taught economics for about a year at the University of Utah as a visiting associate professor. He continued to teach a graduate-level economics seminar in the summer at the university until 1980.
In recent years at Iowa State, he served as a member of the political science department's alumni advisory board and as chairman of the Dean's Council for the college of liberal arts and sciences.
He was a member of the Open Society Institute in Budapest and the 1818 Society, the retirement association of the World Bank.
His marriage to Nancy Weir Socknat ended in divorce.
Survivors include his companion, Anne G. Tinker of Bethesda; two sons, John D. Socknat of Arlington and Matthew A. Socknat of Silver Spring; and a sister.
Roberta Sweeney Hall
Roberta Sweeney Hall, 91, a longtime Bethesda resident who was an active church member and former substitute schoolteacher in Montgomery County, died of congestive heart failure June 13 at the nursing center at Falcons Landing retirement community in Sterling.
Mrs. Hall was a native of Paterson, N.J. She worked as a high school math teacher in Paterson before moving to the Washington area in the late 1940s.
She graduated from Trinity College in Washington and worked as a substitute teacher in Montgomery County public schools in the 1950s and early 1960s.
She was a member of the Catholic Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda and its Mystical Rose Sodality and Flower of Carmel Guild.
She was a member of the Columbia and Kenwood country clubs.
Her husband of 36 years, Charles Traynor Hall, died in 1979.
Survivors include a daughter, Carole Hall Maloney of Leesburg, and two grandchildren.
Keith Richard Herdman
Financial Planning Specialist
Keith Richard Herdman, 57, a financial planning specialist with the American General Insurance Co., died of a heart attack June 15 in his Orlando hotel room while on a golfing trip. He was an Annapolis resident.
Mr. Herdman was born in Chauncey, Ohio, and moved to Bladensburg in 1954. He graduated from Bladensburg High School in 1965 and attended the University of Maryland but dropped out after he built a successful business selling insurance to college students.
He had his own insurance company in Tulsa from the mid-1960s until 1993. He then moved to Annapolis to become an advanced financial planning specialist for American General Insurance Co. Since 2003, his territory for the company had been a wide area of the Northeast.
An avid golfer for many years, he was a member of the Walden Golf Club in Crofton.
His marriages to Mary Herdman, Janus Herdman, Marsha Herdman, Beckie Herdman and Jeanne Herdman ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons from his second marriage, Chase Richard Herdman of San Antonio and Clay B. Herdman of Dallas; his father, Richard Pierce Herdman, and stepmother, Rona Herdman, both of Venice, Fla.; his mother, Arrella Jane Blythe of Logan, Ohio; a sister, Rella Dee Glover of Dunkirk; and one granddaughter.
Guinevere Kirkland Haff
Guinevere Kirkland Haff, 89, a former teacher at the old Hollin Hall School and a volunteer, died of coronary artery disease June 17 at her daughter's home in Covesville, Va.
She was a resident of Alexandria for 48 years until 2000, when she moved to Charlottesville.
Mrs. Haff was born in Eldorado, Ill., and grew up in Jackson, Mich. She graduated from Radcliffe College, married and lived in Berkeley and Davis, Calif., before settling in Alexandria in 1952.
She taught at the elementary school from about 1960 until 1970. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Association of University Women and the Girl Scouts of America.
Her husband of 48 years, Edgar Lewis Haff Jr., died in 1989.
Survivors include two children, Paula Haff Mehring of Covesville and Peter Kirkland Haff of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and three grandchildren.
Audrey Fischer DeYoung
Appraiser, Business Owner
Audrey Fischer DeYoung, 82, a licensed appraiser who ran estate sales businesses in Washington, died June 20 at a nursing home in Pembroke Pines, Fla. She had Parkinson's disease.
In 1972, Mrs. DeYoung and a partner founded Show and Sell, one of the first companies in Washington specializing in estate sales, particularly of antiques and furnishings. After the death of her partner, she founded Audrey DeYoung Estate Sales Inc. She retired in 2002.
Mrs. DeYoung was born in Washington and was a 1940 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She was a homemaker until she opened her estate sales businesses.
She was a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins and was a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation. She lived in the District until moving to Sun City, S.C., three years ago.
Her husband of 46 years, Joseph DeYoung Jr., died in 1987.
Survivors include twin daughters, Babette "Babs" Brown of Sarasota, Fla., and Bette Forman of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Laurence Anthony Davis
Federal Civil Rights Lawyer
Laurence Anthony Davis, 83, a retired federal civil rights lawyer, died June 21 at Medlink Hospital in Washington. He had Alzheimer's disease and hypertension.
Mr. Davis, a native of Pittsburgh and resident of Washington, graduated from Harvard University in 1940. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific theater. He received a law degree from the University of Arizona in 1948.
He began his legal career representing the Navajo tribe in Arizona, then he moved to Washington in 1965 to become a lawyer for the former U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, a job that took him to Mississippi to investigate civil rights violations. He later served as counsel for the House subcommittee on conservation and natural resources, the Indian Claims Commission and the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs. He retired in 1977.
An avid gardener, he was past president of the Capitol Hill Garden Club and the Chrysanthemum Society. To celebrate Theodore Roosevelt's birthday each Oct. 27, he would buy 10 bushels of Maryland oysters and throw a garden party. His chrysanthemums usually were in full bloom.
He was also spotted on the Metro on the inaugural night of 1977, attired in a tuxedo and bowler, among a crowd of formally attired partygoers. "This must be the most elegant subway crowd in the history of subways," he declared to a Washington Post reporter. His wife, her evening gown hidden under a tightly buttoned tweed coat, nodded in agreement.
Mr. Davis wrote plays, and in his spare time, he translated the poems of Horace and Virgil from Latin.
His first marriage to Roann Thornburg ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Claire Davis of Washington; a daughter from his second marriage, Marietta Davis of New York; two stepdaughters, Caitlin Wiliams and Megan Montiel, both of Tucson; and seven grandchildren.
Willis Carlton Schaefer
Educational Development Specialist
Willis Carlton Schaefer, 91, a retired educational development specialist with the Agency for International Development, died of congestive heart failure June 17 at the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington. He lived in Fairfax.
Dr. Schaefer worked at AID as part of his career at the State Department from 1966 to 1980. His responsibilities included supervision of professionals in various areas of administrative information management systems analysis.
Earlier, he worked for the RAND Corp. and System Development Corp., both in Santa Monica, Calif., as a training specialist in research and field application for air defense and air traffic control team training.
Dr. Schaefer was born in Racine, Wis., and was a semi-professional musician in his youth, playing with a swing band in the 1930s. He graduated from the University of Chicago, where in 1940 he received a doctorate in psychology, specializing in experimental design, statistics and measurement theory.
He served in the Navy during World War II and conducted research on selection and classification of aviation personnel. He also evaluated physical fitness and training measurements.
From 1946 to 1951, he taught psychology at the University of Maryland, where he helped develop methods for psychological profile testing.
Dr. Schaefer was a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Computing Machinery, American Foreign Service Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He was an accomplished lapidary who made jewelry using semi-precious stones and silver. Several of his pieces have been displayed in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
His marriage to Jacqueline Schaefer ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rita Rosenthal of Fairfax; two children from his first marriage, Eric Schaefer of Fairfax and Sally Klass of Falls Church; three children from his second marriage, Elizabeth Schaefer of Fairfax, Dr. David Schaefer of Danville, Pa., and Paul Schaefer of Rougemont, N.C.; a brother; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.
Lillian M. Rymarowicz
Lillian M. Rymarowicz, 84, a retired government economist and former Washington resident, died of pneumonia May 23 at a nursing home in Hammond, Ind.
Ms. Rymarowicz was born in East Chicago, Ind. She received a bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1942 and a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1944, both in economics.
She began her career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 1946 and moved to the Illinois Department of Finance in 1949.
She returned to the Federal Reserve Bank in 1951, where she worked until 1958. She also served on Adlai E. Stevenson's campaign finance committee in his 1952 presidential campaign.
She moved to Washington, where she was an economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1958 to 1963 and from 1968 to 1972. In 1973, she began working as an economist for the Congressional Research Service, specializing in state and local taxation and funding issues. Upon her retirement in 1996, she received the library's Distinguished Service Award.
She was active in many associations, including the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters and the Indiana University Foundation board. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Washington and the Secular Franciscan Order.
Survivors include a brother, John Rymarowicz of Hammond.