Army Lieutenant Colonel
William Schell, 89, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who then did civilian work in the inspector general's office of the Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command, died Aug. 5 at the Belvoir Woods Healthcare Center of complications from internal bleeding after a fall.
Col. Schell was born in Philadelphia, the son of a professional soldier and veteran of the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion, the Pancho Villa expedition and World War I.
In 1935, at his father's urging, he enrolled in the College of William and Mary, where he studied journalism and played basketball, baseball and tennis. He enlisted in the Army a year later to prepare for the entrance examination to the U.S. Military Academy. He decided that he did not want to attend West Point but that he liked the Army. Discharged in 1940 as a corporal, he took a job as a sheet metal worker at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock.
In 1941, before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a general recall by the War Department returned him to active duty, and he rose quickly to first sergeant. When the United States entered World War II, he received a commission and was assigned as a training officer for several transportation companies at Camp Van Dorn, Miss., and at Fort Lee, Va.
In 1944, he was promoted to captain and given command of the 647th Quartermaster Transportation Company, a unit that was part of Red Ball Express, the effort to supply fuel and ammunition to Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s 3rd Army and transport prisoners of war to the rear.
After Germany fell, he had a brief stint with the inspector general's office at 3rd Army headquarters before returning to Fort Lee. He was sent to Inchon, Korea, in 1947, then to Yokohama, Japan. He later served in Germany as well as at several domestic bases.
He retired in 1957 with the Quartermaster Corps at Fort Lee. In 1959, he entered the civil service to work for the Army's Materiel Development and Readiness Command and moved to Alexandria, where he lived with his family until his retirement in 1977.
He and his wife, Martha Virginia Ellis Schell, then moved to her family farm in Garysburg, N.C.
After his wife's death in 1987, he returned to the Washington area and lived at The Fairfax military retirement campus in Alexandria.
Survivors include two sons, William Schell Jr. of Murray, Ky., and Wiley Alexander Schell of Durham, N.C.; a sister, Pearl Greever of Salisbury, Md.; and four grandchildren.
Marcia Mills McDowell
Marcia Mills McDowell, 69, an administrative assistant and substitute teacher, died of complications of cancer Aug. 13 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata. She was a resident of Clinton.
Mrs. McDowell was born in Enid, Okla., and attended the University of Oklahoma. She married an Air Force pilot and moved to Clinton in 1962, when her husband was posted to Andrews Air Force Base. She worked as a substitute teacher in the Prince George's County schools and in the late 1970s went to work as an administrative assistant with Science and Engineering Associates, retiring in 2000.
Her husband, Air Force Maj. John H. McDowell Jr., died in a plane crash in 1970.
Survivors include three children, Tamara McDowell "Tami" Ayres of Atlanta, Dawn McDowell Cartner of La Plata and Jeffrey S. McDowell Sr. of Shady Side; her mother, Ruby Estill Mills of Enid; three sisters; and 11 grandchildren.
Clare B. Baldauf
Public Health Service Dietitian
Clare B. Baldauf, 93, a retired U.S. Public Health Service officer who managed the agency's dietetic programs nationwide, died of complications of cancer Aug. 13 at the Capital Hospice Inpatient Center in Arlington. She was a longtime District resident.
Ms. Baldauf was born in Reynoldsville, Pa. She received a bachelor's degree in nutrition and chemistry from Seton Hill College in 1933. After a one-year dietetic internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, she began her career in dietetics at Spencer Hospital in Meadville, Pa.
On one occasion in Meadville, floodwaters cut off the hospital. As the hospital's only dietitian, she had to cope with diminishing food supplies during the two weeks she was stranded.
She joined the Public Health Service in 1937 and was commissioned as an officer in 1944. The Public Health Service had been using dietitians since 1919, when their primary duties involved purchasing, preparing and delivering food. During World War II, Ms. Baldauf and other dietitians worked in the Civil Defense Mobilization Program and were responsible for food storage, equipment and services to be provided if communities suffered bomb attacks.
During World War II, she worked at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Baltimore as a therapeutic dietitian and at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Louisville as chief dietitian. She spent three years at the U.S. Narcotics Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where all drug-addicted federal prisoners were sent. She became a lieutenant commander in the Public Health Service in 1944.
From 1945 to 1954, she was chief dietitian at the U.S. Marine Hospital at Staten Island, N.Y. During that time, she received a master's degree in public health nutrition and administration from Columbia University.
In 1945, she established the first dietetic internship approved by the American Dietetic Association. Over the years, she supervised nine classes of interns; graduates of the program served in Public Health Service hospitals.
From 1954 to 1958, she worked at the Public Health Service hospital in San Francisco and was promoted to captain. In 1958, she moved back to Washington, where she became chief director of dietetics in the Bureau of Medical Services, with responsibility for Public Health Service dietetic programs across the country. She retired in 1974.
Ms. Baldauf enjoyed traveling, china painting and playing bridge. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington.
She leaves no immediate survivors.
James Clay Turner
James Clay Turner, 42, an information technology consultant and computer programmer, died Aug. 10 at his parents' home in Fairfax Station of undetermined causes, according to the Fairfax County medical examiner's office. He was a Springfield resident.
Mr. Turner was born in Rocky Mount, Va., and graduated from George C. Marshall High School in 1981. He received a bachelor of science degree, with honors, in decision sciences from the George Mason University School of Management in 1990.
He began work in 1990 as an information technology consultant and computer programmer in the Fairfax office of CGI-AMS, a Canadian company specializing in information technology and business process services. He was named a principal in the mid-1990s.
Survivors include his parents, Jim and Linda Turner of Fairfax Station; two brothers, John Turner of Gaithersburg and Wade Turner of Arlington; a sister, Nancy Thompson of Fairfax Station; and his paternal grandparents, Mabel and Freeman Fry of Clarksville, Ga.
Mary S. Beatty
Mary S. Beatty, 79, a homemaker who volunteered for many years at the Christ Child Opportunity Shop in Georgetown, died Aug. 19 at her home in Chevy Chase. She had lung cancer.
She was born Mary Shipe in Washington and graduated in 1943 from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. She attended the College of William and Mary and graduated with honors from Trinity College.
Mrs. Beatty belonged to Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, where she was one of the founders of the Sodality.
In the late 1960s, as an ardent gardener and member of her garden club, she designed a brick-and-flagstone garden that won first prize at the National Capital Area Flower and Garden Show.
Mrs. Beatty was a member of Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase. She also was a regular duplicate bridge player.
Married for 57 years, she first met her husband-to-be when she was in kindergarten and he was in first grade at John Eaton Elementary School in Washington.
Survivors include her husband, John J. Beatty III of Chevy Chase; two children, Patricia B. Abell of Chevy Chase and John J. Beatty IV of Potomac; two brothers, Kendall Shipe and James Shipe, both of Olney; and six grandchildren.