John Michael Ryan

Army Veteran, Schools Official

John Michael Ryan, 87, a 30-year Army veteran who later became an administrator with Fairfax County Public Schools, died July 19 of congestive heart failure at Green Springs Village retirement home in Springfield.

Chief Warrant Officer Ryan joined the Army in the 1930s and served in the 101st Military Police Battalion of the Fifth Army during World War II. He later was an administrative and financial officer for the Army attache at U.S. embassies in Beirut, Warsaw and Damascus, Syria.

He later worked at the Pentagon, retiring in 1968 as a chief warrant officer. Among his decorations, he received the Joint Services Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

After retiring from the Army, Chief Warrant Officer Ryan worked for 16 years with the Fairfax school system. He retired in 1984 as coordinator of reprographics and administrative services.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended St. John's University and New York Law School.

He had lived in Fairfax County since the 1960s and was a member of St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic minister. With his white hair and white beard, he often played the role of St. Nicholas in the children's Christmas pageant at his church.

In retirement, he took courses in opera, foreign languages, literature and calligraphy from the Learning in Retirement Institute of George Mason University. He was a member of the Washington Calligraphers Guild, the Retired Officers Association and Disabled American Veterans.

A son, Sean Ryan, died in 1970.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Madeline Sakaly Ryan of Green Springs Village, and a brother.

Louis Pierre Laborde

Hairdresser, Store Owner

Louis Pierre Laborde, 74, a former Bethesda hairdresser and part owner of a Bethesda hardware store, died of a stroke Aug. 8 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. A former resident of the District and of Kensington, he had lived in Jefferson, in Frederick County, for the past 10 years.

Mr. Laborde, known as Louie, was born in the District and graduated from Central High School in 1949. He attended the University of Maryland and in the 1950s worked for the American Instrument Co. and a mapping company, both in Silver Spring.

He was a hairdresser with Gaston of Paris from 1960 to 1976. He became co-owner of Community Paint and Hardware Store in Bethesda in 1976, after the illness of his father-in-law, who had opened the store in the 1920s. He retired in 1986, when the store went out of business.

Mr. Laborde was a member of the Frederick Rotary Club, where he served as sergeant major-at-arms, and a former member of the Bethesda Rotary Club. He also was a member of St. Francis and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brunswick and of the Knights of Columbus.

A train enthusiast with a model railroad in his basement, he was a member of the National Railway Historical Society, Potomac chapter, and of the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Lois Broadhurst Laborde of Jefferson; two children, L. Marc Laborde and Christina Diane Laborde, both of Adamstown; and three grandchildren.