William H. Boswell
Coast Guard Captain
William H. Boswell, 83, a retired Coast Guard captain, World War II veteran and sixth-generation Washingtonian, died June 29 of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease at his home in Plano, Tex. A longtime resident of the District, he moved to Texas in 2002 to be closer to family.
He retired from the Coast Guard in 1967 and joined the newly created Department of Transportation, where he served as the associate administrator of the department's Urban Mass Transit Administration. He retired a second time in 1980.
Capt. Boswell grew up in the Capitol Hill house the Boswell family had occupied since 1860. He graduated from Eastern High School in 1939 and received a bachelor's degree in engineering in 1944 from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he was captain of the boxing team. He also attended Harvard University in 1958, where he worked toward a master's degree in business administration.
During World War II, he saw transport duty in the South Pacific. From 1945 to 1948, he was involved with military intelligence and criminal investigation in the Philippines. Capt. Boswell, a gunnery officer, was an instructor from 1948 to 1951 in the Ordnance School at the Coast Guard Academy. From 1951 to 1954, he served aboard the Coast Guard cutter Campbell and also carried out search-and-rescue missions while serving as captain of the port in Portland, Maine.
Early in the second Eisenhower administration, he was assigned to Coast Guard headquarters as a military attache. From 1958 to 1963, he was on assignment in Boston, Cleveland, Seattle and Long Beach, Calif., returning to Washington in 1963 as chief of budget and cost analysis at Coast Guard headquarters.
In retirement, he collected antiques and worked in the family antique business with his uncles, C.T. "Brother" Boswell and H. Curley Boswell, who were authorities on the restoration of Capitol Hill homes. He also restored the family's home on Capitol Hill.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Myra Boswell of Plano; three sons, Jeffrey Boswell of Plano, William Boswell of Pittsburgh and Matthew Boswell of Milwaukee; and two grandchildren.
Shirley Ann Evans
Shirley Ann Evans, 78, retired director of finance and accounting for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, died of cancer July 7 at her home in Broad Run.
Mrs. Evans worked for HUD from 1974 until her retirement in 1986. Previously, she had worked for the Department of the Navy, for a while as the first woman on the Board for Correction of Naval Records.
Among her awards during her 44 years of government work were HUD's Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, presented to her by President Ronald Reagan.
Born in Minden, Neb., she moved to Washington as a young woman in the 1940s. After her retirement, she volunteered for the Literacy Group and Free Health Clinic of Fauquier County.
Her husband, George P.H. Evans, died in 1993.
Survivors include two daughters, Renee K. Evans of Broad Run and Nancy E. Whitestone of Lakeville, Minn.; a foster daughter, Patricia D. Lucks of Dale City; and four granddaughters.
Priscilla W. Van Derwerker
Priscilla Whiton Van Derwerker, 96, a life master at bridge who settled in the Washington area in the early 1990s, died July 1 at Bedford Court nursing home in Silver Spring. She had congestive heart failure.
Mrs. Van Derwerker was born in Melrose, Mass., and spent most of her life in New Jersey.
She lived at Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring in the 1990s, where she attended the Interfaith Chapel, before moving to Bedford Court.
She was married to Ralph Van Derwerker from 1931 until his death in 1986.
Survivors include three children, Virginia Pace of Silver Spring, Valerie Mudge of Palm City, Fla., and John Van Derwerker of Fort Washington; a sister; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
John Anthony McGarvey
John Anthony McGarvey, 75, a retired mortgage banker, died of pneumonia June 30 at Prince William Hospital. He was a resident of Nokesville.
Mr. McGarvey worked for the State Bank of Prince William County in Woodbridge and Occoquan starting in the mid-1960s. He moved to the Bank of Virginia and Signet Bank. He was working for First Union Bank at Tysons Corner when he retired in 1989.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was stationed in Washington with the Navy during the Korean War. He started working for Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York City and Mystic, Conn.
Mr. McGarvey was past president of the Woodbridge Civitan Club and served on the Prince William Assessment Equalization Board in the 1970s. He served on Potomac Hospital's board of trustees and foundation board. He was on the board for the Vocational Education Foundation for Prince William County schools. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas and the George Mason Patriot Club.
He enjoyed fishing and working on H-gauge model trains and villages.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Lorena McGarvey of Nokesville; a son, James William McGarvey; and two granddaughters.
Robert Blair Irey
Robert Blair Irey, 83, a retired physician, died June 30 of complications of Alzheimer's disease at the Millennium home in Edgewater. He was a former resident of Shady Side and Silver Spring.
Dr. Irey was born in Washington and graduated from McKinley Tech High School in 1940. He received his medical degree from George Washington University Medical School in 1946 and then served for two years in the medical corps of the Army Air Forces and the Air Force. He was stationed at Bolling Air Force Base.
In 1948, he joined his brother's family-medicine practice, working first in Hyattsville and then in White Oak. He retired in 1985 and divided his time between Shady Side and North Fort Myers, Fla.
He was a member of the Hyattsville Optimist Club, a founding member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Silver Spring and a charter member of the West River Sailing Club. He enjoyed building houses and carpentry, sailing, golf, singing and playing the harmonica.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jean Irey of Shady Side; three daughters, Jill Irey of Rockville, Joy Irey of Scranton, Pa., and Jennifer Irey Taylor of Todd, N.C.; a brother, Hugh Ivey of Shady Side; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
John Chapman Bard
John Chapman Bard, 75, a retired Army brigadier general who later worked as a banker and trade association president in Washington, died June 28 after being stabbed in Richmond, where he lived.
Gen. Bard was called to the home of a longtime friend, Courtney Cash Mustin, after she was stabbed in the chest during an altercation with her son. The son, John Townsend Mustin, then attacked Gen. Bard, who had helped raise him. Gen. Bard, stabbed in the back with a butcher knife, died at the scene, according to police. Mustin has been charged with malicious wounding and murder.
Gen. Bard had lived in Richmond since 1990, and he worked as chief operating officer for Gulfstream Limousine, which Ms. Mustin owned. He worked as a vice president for the International Bank in Washington from 1979 to 1982, and he was president of the Aluminum Association Inc. from 1981 until 1987.
Gen. Bard was a native of Akron, Ohio. He enlisted in the Army in 1946 and was later admitted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated as first captain of the Corps of Cadets in 1954 and was named a Rhodes Scholar. He attended Oxford University, receiving two degrees. He also received a master's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1961 and one in business administration from George Washington University in 1983. He received a law degree from the College of William and Mary in 1993.
He served two tours in Vietnam, was brigade commander at Fort Hood, Tex., and was chief of staff to Gen. Alexander Haig when he was supreme allied commander in Europe from 1975 to 1977. He returned to West Point to serve as commandant of cadets, retiring in 1979 and settling in Alexandria. Among his military awards were the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.
His marriage to Marjorie Bard ended in divorce.
Survivors include four children, John Bard of Palo Alto, Calif., James Bard of Atlanta, Elizabeth Knowles of Cincinnati and Catherine Bard of Charlotte; and eight grandchildren.