Arlene Seewald

Legal Secretary

Arlene Seewald, 79, a retired legal secretary for the Navy judge advocate general's office, died of cancer July 4 at her son's home in Southwest Ranches, Fla. She was an Arlington resident.

Mrs. Seewald was born E. Arlene Kuhns in Williamsport, Pa. She worked at her parents' restaurant, where she was a cashier at age 9. She and two friends from Williamsport moved to Washington in 1948 to take government jobs.

Mrs. Seewald, a speedy typist and capable stenographer, began working as a secretary for the Navy Department when it was housed in temporary quarters on the Mall. She then worked for many years at the Pentagon and the Navy Annex as a legal secretary for the judge advocate general. She retired in the early 1980s.

Mrs. Seewald and her husband, Bill Seewald, loved the beach and in retirement divided their time among Arlington and beach communities in Florida and in Ocean City. He died in 1994.

Survivors include a son, Craig Seewald of Southwest Ranches; a brother; and a granddaughter.

Beverly Cardwell Nykwest

Association Official

Beverly Cardwell Nykwest, 65, an official with the National Association of Regional Councils, died July 8 of a pulmonary embolism at her home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Nykwest lived in the Washington area two times, first from about 1964 to 1974, when she worked for various journalism organizations. In 1968, she was named managing editor of Publishers' Auxiliary, a trade publication for weekly newspapers.

In 1974, she and her husband moved to Mount Vernon, Iowa, to run a small-town paper, the Hawkeye-Record. When an agreement to buy the paper fell through, the Nykwests started a competing paper, the Mount Vernon Sun, which is still published. They later purchased and operated the Limestone Independent News in Bartonville, Ill.

In 1984, Mrs. Nykwest returned to the Washington area. She was director of communications for the National Association of Regional Councils and later became the association's policy director, a position she held at her death. She was the association's representative to Congress and federal, state and local governmental agencies, advocating the use of regional councils and metropolitan planning groups.

She received many awards for her work in community, economic and rural development. In 1993, she was named an honorary Kentucky Colonel.

Mrs. Nykwest was born in Butler County, Ky., and was a 1962 graduate of the University of Kentucky. She worked for the Evansville Press in Indiana before her first move to Washington.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Edward Nykwest of Stanley, Va.; two daughters, Rebecca Nykwest of Irvine, Calif., and Katherine Nykwest of Alexandria; her mother, Lillian Cardwell of Morgantown, Ky.; and five brothers.

Thomas David Meisel

Network Administrator

Thomas David Meisel, 36, who was killed in a traffic accident in McLean on June 17, was a computer network administrator with the Arlington County Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney.

Mr. Meisel was driving his Toyota Tundra pickup north on Dolley Madison Boulevard in the Langley area a few minutes after midnight when it left the road and struck two trees, according to the Fairfax County police.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A son of a military officer, Mr. Meisel was born at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He grew up in a number of places, including McLean, where he graduated from Langley High School in 1988 and played on the school's rugby team.

In his late teens and early twenties, Mr. Meisel survived bouts with lymphoma and testicular cancer. He also had juvenile diabetes.

He attended Northern Virginia Community College, Broward College, the University of Maryland and a computer training center in Florida.

He returned to the Washington area this year after living in Florida for several years. Initially, he worked for the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney in Arlington while on contract with General Dynamics Co. He became a full-time staff member last month.

An avid traveler, he visited cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central and South America.

Survivors include his parents, Dr. Diana Lopez-Meisel and retired Air Force Lt. Col. William J. Meisel of McLean; two sisters, Christina Meisel of McLean and Michelle Franklin of Tallahassee; and a brother, William Meisel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Dorrie Pagones

Gallery Shop Manager

Dorrie Davenport Pagones, 72, who spent 25 years working at the Renwick Gallery in Washington and retired about three years ago as its shop manager, died July 15 at the Capital Hospice in Arlington. She had breast cancer.

Mrs. Pagones, a Washington resident, was a Charlottesville native and a 1954 honors graduate of what is now Hollins University in Roanoke. She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Lyon and University of Besancon, both in France, and then briefly was a research assistant at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

She worked for The Washington Post in the late 1950s and early 1960s as a general assignment reporter, writing everything from obituaries to book reviews. She also wrote book reviews for the Saturday Review of Literature.

Survivors include her husband, John Pagones of Washington; three daughters, Darcy Bingham of Gaithersburg, Rachel Pagones of Cambridge, England, and Tessa Pagones of Westminster, Md.; a sister, Rebecca Chaitin of Orange, Va.; and four grandchildren.

Zoltan Gondos

Arlington Physician

Zoltan Gondos, 96, a physician who had a practice in family medicine in Arlington from the mid-1940s until his retirement in 1994, died of congestive heart failure July 1 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville.

Dr. Gondos was born in Erdobenye, Hungary. He received a medical degree from the University of Bologna in Italy in 1937 and came to the United States the following year.

His mother and sisters died in the Holocaust, and his two brothers survived internment in concentration camps. His eldest brother, Bela Gondos, who also was a physician, later became chief radiologist at D.C. General Hospital.

Zoltan Gondos worked at hospitals in Detroit, Norfolk and Pulaski, Va., before settling in Arlington in 1945. For nearly 50 years, he maintained an office on the first floor of the Doctors Building on Wilson Boulevard.

He also served as the in-house physician for the Sears department store in Arlington and on the medical staffs of several hospitals, including Doctors Hospital and what is now Virginia Hospital Center.

He was a member of the Arlington County Medical Society and the Greater Washington Committee for State of Israel Bonds.

His wife, Margaret Gondos, died in 1978 after 40 years of marriage.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Gordon Gondos of Oakton; and two grandsons.

George Albert

Business Owner, CPA

George Albert, 54, a retired certified public accountant who owned and managed a paving and snow-removal business, died of pneumonia July 4 at the Potomac Valley Nursing and Wellness Center in Rockville. He had Huntington's disease.

Mr. Albert, a longtime Rockville resident, was born in Washington and raised in Bethesda, where he graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1968.

He received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Maryland in 1972 and soon after began working as a certified public accountant with the American Automobile Association, now AAA.

He taught accounting courses in New York in the late 1970s before returning to Bethesda to start a business, Albert Paving, in the early 1980s.

After his retirement about 15 years later, Mr. Albert became an advocate for promoting research for Huntington's disease, a rare neurological disorder. He spoke to groups about the disease to help raise public awareness and participated in medical studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He also was an active member of the Washington metro area chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society of America.

Until last year, Mr. Albert maintained an active social schedule, volunteering at nursing homes, enjoying ballroom dancing and playing black jack at casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

Survivors include his companion of seven years, Judith Panicucci of Rockville; two brothers, Daniel Albert Jr. of Boyds and Joseph Albert of Bethesda.

Mary Pickett Fiore

Nurse, Counselor

Mary Pickett Fiore, 73, a nurse and counselor, died June 18 at her home in Fairfax County. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Fiore was born in Glens Falls, N.Y., and graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., with a degree in nursing in 1955. She later pursued graduate studies in public health administration at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

In the late 1950s, she was a public health nurse in Warren County, N.Y., and an operating room nurse in North Bend, Ore. She worked as an alcoholism counselor for Fairfax County from 1988 to 1998.

While her husband was on active duty in the Navy from 1956 to 1978, Mrs. Fiore lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Coos Bay, Ore.; Long Beach, Calif.; Charleston, S.C.; Newport, R.I.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Garden City, N.Y. She moved to Fairfax in 1978.

She learned to sail while stationed in Hawaii and particularly enjoyed sailing during summer vacations at Lake George, N.Y. Her other interests included Irish music, bird-watching and spending time with neighborhood children.

She was a member of Saint Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church in Fairfax and was active in her church's youth and family ministry and in several service programs.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, retired Navy Cmdr. Adolph A. Fiore of Fairfax County; five children, David A. Fiore of Linden, Va., Eileen M. Fiore of Crofton, Margaret A. Fiore of Vienna, Karen Fiore-Walker of Alexandria and Jennifer A. Fiore of Fairfax County; three sisters; three granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.