Ruth H. Druhan

Peace Activist

Ruth H. Druhan, 80, who was a longtime activist for groups supporting world peace, died Sept. 4 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Druhan moved to Washington in 1947 and had lived in Silver Spring since 1951. In the mid-1970s, she worked for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, for which she helped compile a directory.

She belonged to several peace organizations and participated in demonstrations for civil rights and nuclear disarmament. She also demonstrated against wars and weapons and in 1982 was arrested in the Capitol Rotunda for praying against the deployment of the MX missile.

Mrs. Druhan was born in Camden, N.J., and grew up in Nitro and Charleston, W.Va. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin.

After raising six children, she received certification in education for parish service from Washington's Trinity University. In 1988, she received a master of theological studies degree from the Washington Theological Union.

Mrs. Druhan had been a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring since 1952. She was a member of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order and, in 1999, was named an affiliate of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Province of St. Augustine.

She participated in interfaith groups, the International Thomas Merton Society and Pax Christi, a Catholic peace organization. She volunteered for the Head Start program, So Others Might Eat, the House of Ruth and Mount Carmel House for Women.

Her husband of 55 years, William T. Druhan, died in 2001.

Survivors include six children, William Druhan of Purcellville, Michael Druhan of Madison, Wis., Stephen Druhan of Silver Spring, Mary Ruttkay of Garrett Park, John Druhan of Reisterstown, Md., and Philip Druhan of Flagstaff, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Edward J. Zillian

AT&T Executive

Edward J. Zillian, 82, a retired executive with AT&T Technologies, died of congestive heart failure and kidney failure Sept. 2 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in McLean.

Mr. Zillian was the manager of government and industry relations and served as a congressional and military liaison for the organization. He retired in 1986 after 45 years with the Bell System.

In retirement, he became a licensed real estate broker and worked for Towne and Country Realtors in Falls Church.

Mr. Zillian was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a navigator aboard B-17 bombers and was stationed at several bases in the United States. During the Korean War, he served as a contract specialist with the Army in Baltimore and at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and attended New York University and the Long Island School of Agriculture.

In 1966, Mr. Zillian and his family moved to McLean. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church where he was an usher/greeter for 39 years. He was an avid gardener, voracious reader and dedicated Redskins fan.

He had been president of the Washington chapter of the former National Security Industrial Association, regional vice president of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association and a director of the American National Standards Institute.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Josephine Kaiser Zillian of McLean; four children, Richard Zillian of Herndon, Robert Zillian of Vienna, James Zillian of Falls Church and Patty Eppinger of Grafton, Mass.; a brother; and four grandchildren.

Lillian 'Lynn' McGaw Jones

Military Spouse

Lillian "Lynn" McGaw Jones, 83, a military spouse who worked in retailing and marketing, died of heart disease Aug. 26 in the Belvoir Woods Health Care Center of The Fairfax retirement community at Fort Belvoir, where she lived.

Mrs. Jones, the daughter of an Army officer, was born in a military hospital in Honolulu and grew up on Army bases around the world. She graduated from the University of Alabama and worked in department stores in Atlanta and Arlington. She married an Army officer and continued her peripatetic military life.

While her family lived in Pennsylvania, she became a licensed antiques dealer. Mrs. Jones attended graduate school in marketing and art history at American University.

She was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity, Phi Upsilon Omicron Fraternity, the Society of the Daughters of the United States Army and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, retired Army Col. Alan W. Jones Jr. of Fairfax; three children, Anna J. Haines of Front Royal, Va., Alan W. Jones III of El Cerrito, Calif., and Stephen Jones of Eugene, Ore.; and two grandchildren.

Matsuko 'Margie' Haffner

Social Club Member

Matsuko Iwase "Margie" Haffner, 76, an Army officer's wife who settled in the Washington area in 1966 and was involved in Japanese social clubs, died Sept. 4 at her home in Alexandria. She had cancer.

Mrs. Haffner was born in Japan. After her marriage in 1952, she accompanied her husband on his military assignments. She became a U.S. citizen in 1956.

She performed traditional Japanese dance at the National Cherry Blossom Festival and elsewhere. She was an extra on the film "The Next Karate Kid" (1994), part of which was filmed in the area.

Survivors include her husband, retired Army Maj. Robert J. Haffner of Alexandria; four daughters, Cathleen Haffner of Fairfax, Patricia Haffner of Alexandria and Rosemary Pace and Suzanne Goudeau, both of Woodbridge; three brothers; a sister; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Lorraine J. Milliken

Business Executive

Lorraine J. Milliken, 91, former president and chairman of the board of Charles G. Stott & Co. office supply and furniture, died of heart disease Sept. 3 at Howard University Hospital.

Mr. Milliken ran the company as it expanded into federal contracting. He retired in 1993.

He was born in Washington and graduated from Takoma-Silver Spring High School in 1929. During World War II, he fought in the Army in the European theater and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He returned to Washington after the war and joined Charles G. Stott & Co.

Mr. Milliken was past president of the Lions Club of Silver Spring and a member of the Silver Spring Rotary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also was a member of Congressional Country Club and the Burning Tree Club.

Survivors include his wife, Margo Milliken of Washington; a daughter, Lynn Mitchell of Franklin, Tenn.; a grandson; and three great-grandchildren.

Helen Simon Beery

Volunteer, Club Member

Helen Simon Beery, 70, an Air Force wife who settled in the Washington area in the 1970s and did volunteer work and was a member of several organizations, died Sept. 2 at Inova Loudoun Hospital. She had Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease.

Mrs. Beery was a native of Kansas City, Mo., and a graduate of what is now William Woods University in Fulton, Mo.

She married in 1955 and accompanied her husband on his military assignments. After settling in the Washington area, she did volunteer work with the Arlington Ladies, a group that attends graveside internment services at Arlington National Cemetery.

She also was a member of McLean Bible Church, the National Symphony Orchestra's women's committee and the national Air Force Officers Wives Club.

In the early 1970s, she was a tour guide for the Guide Service of Washington.

She was a resident of Leisure World in the Lansdowne area of Loudoun County.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, retired Air Force Col. Raymond E. Beery of Lansdowne; three children, Josef Beery of Charlottesville, Nicholas Beery of Carrboro, N.C., and Susan Buck of Liberal, Kan.; a sister; and six grandchildren.

Robert T. Howell

Personnel Specialist

Robert T. Howell, 90, a personnel specialist with several federal agencies, died Sept. 3 of heart disease at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, where he lived.

Mr. Howell came to Washington in 1951 to take a position in the personnel office of the former National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology). He also worked for the Department of the Interior before ending his federal career as chief of personnel classification with the U.S. Geological Survey. He retired in 1974.

Mr. Howell was born in Berkeley, Calif., and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1937. He served in the Navy during World War II.

Before moving to Washington, he worked with the Veterans Administration and U.S. Department of the Interior in California.

He lived in the District from 1951 to 1992 before moving to Gaithersburg. He was a member of Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda.

Mr. Howell enjoyed painting, photography and travel and was known for his generosity to neighbors and friends, including mowing their lawns and driving them to medical appointments.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jean M. Howell of Gaithersburg; three daughters, Mary Ingraham of Galloway, N.J., Margaret Fuhrman of Pittsburgh and Catherine Irle of Golden Valley, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.