Anna Phillips Clarke Rogers


Anna Phillips Clarke Rogers, 101, among the first women in the Washington area to own a residential development company, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 25 at her home in Landover.

Mrs. Rogers, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, was president and principal owner of A.C. Rogers Construction Co. in Rogers Heights, from the 1930s until her retirement in the late 1960s.

Her company built many two-story brick houses in Riverdale, Rogers Heights, Mount Rainier and Cottage City in Prince George's County. According to an advertisement from the late 1930s, prices of the new houses ranged from $4,550 to $5,990.

Mrs. Rogers was born on New Jersey Avenue NE on Capitol Hill. Her family's home was on a site now occupied by part of the Cannon House Office Building. She graduated from the old St. Cecilia's High School in Washington and attended George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

In 1945, Mrs. Rogers and her husband purchased Beall's Pleasure, a historic house in Landover built in 1794 by Benjamin Stoddard, the first secretary of the Navy. The house, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, remained her family home until her death.

In 1962, she and her husband bought Montpelier of Moores Plains, an estate near Upper Marlboro that they used as a farm for cattle, horses, corn and fox hunting.

Since the 1930s, Mrs. Rogers had belonged to many political, social and historical organizations. She was a member of several Democratic party women's clubs and also was a member of the Washington Club; the Marlborough Hunt Club; the National Society of the United States Daughters of 1812; Daughters of the American Revolution; the Pilgrims of St. Mary's, a Maryland historical organization; the General Society of Mayflower Descendants; and the Society of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy.

Her husband of 39 years, James Webb Rogers, died in 1965.

A son, William Harris Rogers, died in 1994.

Survivors include four sons, James Webb Rogers Jr. of Davidsonville, Phillips Clarke Rogers of Fair Haven, John Whitson Rogers of Boca Raton, Fla., and Joseph Shepperd Rogers of Landover; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Lora Billie Flippen Ellis

Executive Secretary

Lora Billie Flippen Ellis, 96, a former executive secretary with a trade association, died Aug. 28 of cardiac arrest at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She was a resident of Goodwin House, a retirement home in Alexandria.

Mrs. Ellis was born in Springwood, Va., and graduated from what is now National College of Business and Technology in Roanoke in 1929. After working in South Boston, Va., and in New Jersey, she came to Washington in 1933.

She was an executive secretary for Associated General Contractors, a trade association representing construction contractors, from 1933 to 1941. After leaving to raise her family, she returned to the association in 1957 and worked there until her retirement in 1969.

Mrs. Ellis lived in Arlington County before moving to Falls Church in 1949. She was a member of Dulin United Methodist Church in Falls Church.

Her husband of 57 years, Albert M. Ellis, died in 1994.

Survivors include two sons, James F. Ellis of Temple, Tex., and Robert M. Ellis of Salamanca, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Robert B. Wade

FBI Agent

Robert B. Wade, 62, a retired FBI agent who rose to high levels in the agency before becoming director of security for America Online, died Aug. 29 at his home in Fairfax. He had heart disease.

Since 2002, Mr. Wade was inspector for the Department of Energy's counterintelligence program. He was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement.

He was born in Bremerton, Wash., and graduated from Western Washington State University. He received a master's degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1967. He served in the Army's intelligence branch in Korea and then joined the FBI in 1970.

Mr. Wade graduated from the National War College in 1984 and became assistant Soviet section chief of the FBI's National Security Division until 1992. He then was counterintelligence adviser at the CIA until 1994. He then returned to the FBI as special assistant to the assistant director of the agency's National Security Division.

After retiring from government work, Mr. Wade joined Dulles-based America Online in 1996 as its director of security until 2002, when he moved to the Department of Energy.

A voracious reader of magazines, he had an extra-large mailbox to accommodate all the materials he received. He read two Sunday newspapers cover to cover and devoured history books and the Harry Potter series. Mr. Wade was "never wishy-washy," his daughter said. "He had an opinion on everything. He was always ready to argue his point."

He was devoted to his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Gail Wade of Fairfax; and two children, Rob Wade and Valerie Wade, both of Fairfax.