Lynn Hobday Chadderdon

School Principal

Lynn Hobday Chadderdon, 64, a former elementary school principal in Prince George's County, died June 27 in a Chicago hospital from complications following a stem-cell transplant to treat myelofibrosis, a disorder of the bone marrow.

Ms. Chadderdon began her education career in Prince George's as a teacher in 1981. She was named principal of Robert Frost Elementary School in Lanham in 1988, before moving to Magnolia Elementary as principal in 1994.

At Robert Frost, Ms. Chadderdon challenged her students to raise their standardized test scores to the Maryland state average. When they reached that goal, she made good on her part of the bargain by dressing in a tiger suit and roller skating around the school gym.

She retired for medical reasons in 1998.

Ms. Chadderdon was born Catherine Lynn Freedenburg in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1963. She received a master's degree in education from Towson State University in 1981.

She lived in Glenelg for about 30 years and was a member of the Patuxent Greens Country Club in Laurel. She moved to Rehoboth Beach, Del., in 2003 and was a member of the Shawnee Country Club in Milford, Del.

Her marriage to George Hobday ended in divorce.

A stepson, Rob Chadderdon, died in 2000.

Survivors include her husband of 26 years, John Chadderdon of Rehoboth Beach; three sons, Geof Hobday of Arlington, Will Hobday of Silver Spring and Michael Hobday of Finksburg, Md.; her father, Edward Freedenburg of Baltimore; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Alfred P. 'Al' Alibrando

Public Information Officer

Alfred P. "Al" Alibrando, 82, a retired public information officer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, died July 1 of acute myeloid leukemia at his home in Naples, Fla. He had lived in Washington until his retirement from government service in 1979.

Mr. Alibrando was born in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II as an aviation radioman aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington. He retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant.

He received a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University in 1948 and began work on the copy desk of the Indianapolis Times. He was a sports editor for the Xenia Gazette and also worked for the Columbus Citizen, the Washington Evening Star and Aviation Week Magazine, before joining NASA in 1960.

He began his work at NASA as a public information officer assigned to manned space flight and lunar and planetary programs, an assignment that included the first manned landing on the moon in 1969. During the joint Apollo-Soyuz manned space flight in 1975, he was NASA's contact with the Soviet public information staff. He left NASA in 1975 as deputy assistant administrator of public affairs.

Mr. Alibrando moved to the newly formed Energy Research and Development Administration as director of public information. That agency was absorbed into the Department of Energy in 1977; he stayed with DOE until his retirement in 1979. He then joined Kerr-McGee Corp. in Oklahoma City as director of corporate communications, retiring again in 1981.

His marriage to Joyce Alibrando ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Ruth Ann Alibrando of Naples; and two daughters from his first marriage, Karen Alibrando and Julia Alibrando, both of Silver Spring.

Adam Anderson van Melle


Adam Anderson van Melle, 24, a former waiter at Washington restaurants, died July 1 at a hospital in Urbana, Ill., of cardiac arrest caused by a drug overdose.

He was born in the District and attended Woodrow Wilson High School, where he was a lineman on the football team. He moved to Illinois when he was 17 and graduated from high school in Urbana, where he also played football.

After high school, he returned to Washington for two years and worked as a waiter at Belmont Kitchen in Adams Morgan and at the Cheesecake Factory in Tenleytown.

He then moved back to Illinois and attended Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., and worked as a waiter. He enjoyed animals and poker and was a youth baseball umpire in Urbana.

Survivors include his parents, Andrew van Melle of Gaithersburg and Jane Anderson of Urbana; a brother, Jeffrey Bonilla of Urbana; and a sister, Annalisa van Melle of Gaithersburg.