Columnist, Congressional Aide
Don Maclean, 75, a former congressional aide and syndicated columnist, died of cancer July 13 at Fairfax Nursing Center. He was a resident of Burke.
He wrote a humorous column on national and world affairs for the Washington Daily News that later was syndicated nationally. He also wrote a weekly version of the column for Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, for several years in the late 1970s.
A native of Buffalo, Mr. Maclean attended George Washington University. He worked as a copy boy at the Daily News and served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He returned to newspapers after his tour of duty and worked his way up to reporter, and then foreign correspondent. He began his column in 1957.
The column was syndicated in 1965, and at that time he became a commentator on WWDC radio and on local television Channel 20. In 1969, he moved to England, where he wrote his column while restoring a castle near the city of Bath.
Mr. Maclean returned to Washington in 1976, writing a weekly version of his column for Roll Call and freelancing. In 1979, he became a special assistant to House Majority Leader Jim Wright (D-Texas), working for him until Wright resigned in 1989. Mr. Maclean then went to work for House Postmaster Robert V. Rota. He retired in 1991.
Survivors include his companion, Mary J. Rinker of Burke; two half-brothers; and a half-sister.
Helen Yaworsky Mooney
Homemaker, Church Member
Helen Yaworsky Mooney, 75, a homemaker and church member, died of pancreatic cancer July 7 at George Washington University Hospital. She lived in Derwood.
Mrs. Mooney was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Derwood. She volunteered at So Others Might Eat food kitchen and Montgomery General Hospital. From 1980 to 1985, she worked as an emergency room receptionist at the hospital.
She was born in Ludlow, Pa., and grew up in Salamanca, N.Y. She worked as a dental assistant in the 1950s. The family moved to the Washington area in 1967.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Paul "Pat" Mooney of Derwood; five children, Kevin Patrick Mooney of Gaithersburg, Kathleen Mooney Hackney of Damascus, Patricia Mooney Matheus of Mount Airy and Maureen Mooney Fisher and Timothy Mooney, both of Derwood; a brother; and nine grandchildren.
Susan McAndrews Falcone
Susan McAndrews Falcone, 41, a homemaker and former senior manager with Price Waterhouse's consulting division, died of cancer July 13 at her home in Gaithersburg.
Ms. Falcone designed and installed financial systems for organizations and corporations across the country.
Price Waterhouse sent her to the executive program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a master's degree in business administration in 1994.
She worked for several more years at Price Waterhouse, becoming senior manager in the consulting division, before resigning to become a full-time mother and homemaker.
Born in Archbald, Pa., she played on a championship high school basketball team. She graduated from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and moved to Washington to take a position with Price Waterhouse.
She was an officer in the Mary of Nazareth School association in Darnestown and volunteered in school programs.
Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Dr. Angelo Falcone, and their two children, Shannon and Caroline, all of Gaithersburg; her father, Jack McAndrews of Archbald; and a sister.
Christine Lynch Nixon
Church Office Manager
Christine Lynch Nixon, 56, a former government contractor who spent the past 14 years as office manager of churches in Northern Virginia, most recently at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Annandale, died June 16 at Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington. She had bone cancer.
Mrs. Nixon, an Alexandria resident, was born in Washington and raised in Annandale. She was a 1967 graduate of what is now Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria and attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
From 1970 to 1991, she did government contracting work with Stanwick Corp. and Frank E. Basil Inc.
In the 1990s, she was office manager of St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria. She then worked for Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria before moving to St. Ambrose in January.
About 15 years ago, she resumed her interest in singing and acting, through church groups and professional appearances. She also performed with Philomela, a women's vocal ensemble.
Survivors include her husband, Ted Nixon, whom she married in 1973, of Alexandria; a daughter, Lisa Nixon of Alexandria; her mother, Betsy Lynch of Fredericksburg; four sisters, Janis Mullaney of Southport, N.C., Nancye Meyers of Palm Bay, Fla., Diana Fierst of Christiansburg, Va., and Kelli Lynch of Fairfax County; three brothers, Dan Lynch of Fredericksburg, Richard Lynch of Manassas and Tim Lynch of Frederick.