William Nathaniel Kirkland Jr.
William Nathaniel Kirkland Jr., 62, who held a variety of positions as a broadcast engineer, most recently as director of operations and engineering at WHUT-TV, died July 1 of a heart attack at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md. He was driving from his home in Centreville to a family reunion in Buffalo when he was stricken.
Mr. Kirkland joined WHUT, the Howard University television station, in 1999 after a long career in television production. He began his broadcasting career as a broadcast engineer with WJCT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., from 1971 to 1972. From 1972 to 1986, he was a broadcast engineer with WGRZ-TV in Buffalo. He returned to Jacksonville in 1987, serving as an engineer with WJKS-TV until 1989.
He settled in the Washington area in 1989 to become assistant chief of engineering for WTKK-TV in Manassas. He was chief of engineering for the cable television and broadcasting system of Northern Virginia Community College from 1991 to 1999.
Mr. Kirkland was born in Jacksonville and served in the Air Force, where he received training in electronics. He also was a fire inspector and a rescue worker at the sites of airplane crashes before leaving the Air Force in 1968.
He received an associate's degree from Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo and had additional technical training at the Devry Institute of Technology in Chicago and the old National Radio Institute in Washington.
Mr. Kirkland enjoyed cooking, fishing, boating and chess. Earlier in life, he won several trophies in karate competitions, and he had a black belt in taekwondo.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Gloria A. Kirkland of Centreville; a stepson, Kirk Jerome Zinermon of Buffalo; his stepmother, Gladys Kirkland of Jacksonville; three sisters; and one grandson.
Helen Schaefer Gibson
College President's Wife
Helen Schaefer Gibson, 92, who was called the "first lady of Washington College" as the wife of the college president, died of pneumonia July 6 at Potomac Center retirement home in Alexandria.
Until earlier this year, Mrs. Gibson had lived in Chestertown, Md., where her husband, Daniel Z. Gibson, was president of Washington College from 1950 to 1970. Mrs. Gibson is credited with helping the college expand its arts programs, which increased dramatically when she and her husband were there. The college's performing arts center is named for her husband.
A talented pianist, Mrs. Gibson gathered musicians every Monday night at the president's residence, the Hynson-Ringgold House, to play chamber music. The informal gatherings soon evolved into the Washington College Concert Series, now in its 54th season, which Mrs. Gibson co-founded. She was also the accompanist for the college's choral group, which in 1969 went on a three-week European tour.
"Helen Gibson's passion for music, her energy and her vision have helped to shape the creative culture that distinguishes our campus and Chestertown today," former college president John Toll said on Mrs. Gibson's 90th birthday.
Mrs. Gibson was instrumental in the founding of the Women's League of Washington College, which provides scholarship support for students and materials for the college library. She was also involved in the creation of the campus arboretum, dedicated in 1998.
Mrs. Gibson was born in Gary, Ind., and moved to Ohio at a young age. She earned a bachelor's degree in music at Ohio University and a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
She and her husband lived in Charleston, S.C., and Lancaster, Pa., before moving to Chestertown. In addition to music, reading and college activities, she enjoyed bird-watching, swimming, yoga and travel.
Her husband, whom she married in 1936, died in 1984. A daughter, Mary Gibson Swander, died in January.
Survivors include two children, Daniel Douglas Gibson of Ester, Alaska, and Jillian Clark Gibson of Alexandria; and two grandchildren.
Mona Law Pedersen
NIMH Research Scientist
Mona Law Pedersen, 53, a research scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health, died of congestive heart failure June 17 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She was a Poolesville resident.
She worked first at Microbiological Associates in Bethesda from 1973 to 1980. She then moved to NIMH, where she was working at the time of her death.
Born in Burbank, Calif., she moved to the Washington area as an infant. She graduated from Walt Whitman High School and the College of William and Mary and earned a master's degree in history in 1982 from George Washington University.
She played the piano and sang in her high school, college and church choirs. She entered the Girl Scouts as a Brownie and stayed involved through adulthood, participating in international scouting events at all four Girl Scout world centers.
She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, now the Community of Christ. In college, she was a member of Phi Mu sorority. She also was a member of the Tissue Culture Association and volunteered with her church, Lauren's Ballet Studio and the Danish Club, among others.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Poul Pedersen of Poolesville; a daughter, Lauren Pedersen of Poolesville; her mother, Boo Law of Bethesda; and a sister.
Walter A. Martz
Frederick Dairy Farmer
Walter Atlee Martz, 81, a dairy farmer who had worked on his family's "Winpenny Tell" property in Frederick since 1940 and held top offices in dairy associations, died July 8 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He had pneumonia.
Mr. Martz, who was born on the family farm, was a 1940 graduate of Frederick High School.
He was a former president of the Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, the Dairy Council of Greater Metropolitan Washington and the Frederick County Republican Club.
His memberships included Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick and Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jean Winebrener Martz of Frederick; six children, Walter Clayton "Clay" Martz II, Byron Martz and Julia A. Martz-Fisher, all of Frederick, Barbara Van Allen of Washington, Elizabeth Cole of Nashville and Stephen C. Martz of Baltimore; a sister, Elizabeth Young of Mount Airy; and nine grandchildren.
Leo Resnick, 91, a Washington-based broadcasting lawyer who retired of counsel from the firm of Borsari and Paxon, died July 4 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Resnick spent his early career with the Federal Communications Commission, where he became a hearing examiner. In 1952, he recommended the merger of United Paramount Theaters with the ABC television network. The deal, which the FCC approved the next year, created a conglomerate that competed with such older networks as CBS and NBC.
He left the FCC in 1953 to form a private law practice, and he later worked for a succession of law firms, where his clients included radio and television companies that had business before the FCC.
Mr. Resnick was born in McAlester, Okla., and raised in New York. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia University and its law school and a Navy veteran of World War II.
He was a former member of Temple Sinai in Washington.
He moved to the Hebrew Home about two years ago from Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.
His wife of 50 years, Vita Nathanson Resnick, died in 1993.
Survivors include two children, James Resnick of Pennsauken, N.J., and Susan Rimaud of Paris; a sister; and five grandchildren.