Stephanie Sue Cain

Sunday School Teacher

Stephanie Sue Cain, 48, a church member and Sunday school teacher, died June 19 of breast cancer at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Cain was born in Washington and graduated in 1975 from Broad Run High School in Ashburn. She was also a graduate of Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md.

Mrs. Cain worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration before her marriage in 1981. She was a Sunday school teacher and youth leader at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include her husband, Air Force Lt. Col. William Farlin Cain Jr. of Alexandria; two sons, William Farlin Cain III and John Cain, both of Alexandria; her parents, John and Jean Connolly of Sterling; and a sister, Diane Domer of Laurel.

Lawrence W. Shaw


Lawrence W. Shaw, 91, a Public Health Service and Veterans Administration statistician for more than 30 years and co-director of the Biostatistics Center of George Washington University for nine years, died June 28, following a stroke at Sunrise of Rockville, where he lived.

Mr. Shaw, a Philadelphia native, received a bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1936. He did further graduate work in mathematics at Ohio State University; in statistics at Columbia University as a Carnegie fellow; and at GWU.

He retired from federal service in 1972 and from the Biostatistics Center in 1981. He then moved to Melrose, Fla., in 1987 and later to Gainesville, Fla. He returned to Maryland in 2003. He and his wife also had a home near Luray, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley.

A 36-year resident of Montgomery County, Mr. Shaw was a member of the Chevy Chase Chanters, president of the Public Health Service Federal Credit Union, chairman of the Montgomery County Welfare Board, legislative chairman of the Mental Health Association of Maryland and committee chairman of the Association for Retarded Children and the PTA.

He was a member of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church and sang in its choir. He later joined the Unity of Gainesville Church in Florida. He was member of the American Statistical Association, the Biometric Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Heart Association and Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Shaw always had a keen interest in astronomy, and he could identify many of the constellations. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, camping, tennis, swimming and skiing, as well as many forms of music. He played piano and organ.

His wife of 64 years, Eloise King Shaw, died in 2002.

Survivors include four children, K. Sylvia Shaw of Hyattsville, Susan S. Devesa of Potomac, Linda L. Shaw of Washington and Charles L. Shaw of Burke; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Marian G. Clow

Capitol Hill Staff Aide

Marian G. Clow, 92, a retired Capitol Hill staffer, died June 23 at the Washington House in Alexandria, where she lived. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Miss Clow was born in Rose, N.Y., and grew up in Syracuse. She joined the Women's Army Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of master sergeant. After leaving the military in 1947, she went to work on the staffs of three New York Republicans -- Sen. Irving M. Ives, Rep. John V. Lindsay and Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr. She became chief of staff in Lindsay's Washington office when he became mayor of New York City. She retired in 1983.

She was a lifetime sponsor of a child through the Save the Children organization, an environmentalist and a supporter of the Frontier Nursing Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

There are no immediate survivors.

Robert Howard Lessenco


Robert Howard Lessenco, 37, a chiropractor who owned a clinic in Frederick until 2003, died of pulmonary fibrosis June 30 at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Dr. Lessenco was born in Cheverly and grew up in Bethesda. He graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, where he played on the football team. He was named by The Washington Post as 1985's all-county offensive guard. He graduated from the University of Maryland and earned his doctor of chiropractic degree in 1995 from Texas Chiropractic College.

He and his wife ran the Lessenco Chiropractic Clinic in Frederick until illness forced him to close the business just over two years ago, and the couple moved to Texas.

Dr. Lessenco was a member of Pi Kappa Chi chiropractic fraternity, did volunteer chiropractic work in Frederick and was an organ donor. His mother said his donations will aid 200 others.

Survivors include his wife, Kelli Lessenco of La Porte; his parents, Gilbert and Elaine Lessenco of Rockville; and a sister, Amy Mowles of Edgewater.

Marian G. Clow served in the Army during World War II.