Joseph V. Natrella


Joseph Victor Natrella, 86, an Alexandria resident and retired Navy Department mathematician, died Aug. 23 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had pneumonia.

During World War II, Mr. Natrella worked at the University of Pennsylvania under J. Presper Eckert and John W. Mauchly on the development of early computers, including the ENIAC. He spent much of the 1950s as a mathematician with the Air Force Department.

From 1959 to 1964, he worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He was head of the applications research group of the theory and analysis office at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. He also was chief of the computations and data flow branch in the office of manned space flight at NASA headquarters.

With the Navy, until his retirement in 1977, he became head of the automated data processing planning and development branch of the manpower information division.

He then briefly taught mathematics and computer science at Ascension Academy and St. Mary's School, both in Alexandria.

He was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a graduate of what is now Baruch College of the City University of New York. He did all but his dissertation for a master's degree in statistics from American University.

His hobbies included gardening and tending tropical fish.

His memberships included Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria and the American Statistical Association.

His wife of 42 years, Mary Gibbons Natrella, died in 1988.

Survivors include two daughters, Aileen Natrella of Herndon and Elizabeth Natrella of New York; a brother, Vito Natrella of Arlington; a sister, Frances Zaar of West Newton, Mass.; and three grandchildren.

Juliet Slavin

Government Secretary, Homemaker

Juliet Slavin, 74, a homemaker and former government secretary, died of cancer Aug. 30 at Montgomery Hospice in Rockville. She had been a Chevy Chase resident since 1978.

Born Juliet Marwood in Washington, Mrs. Slavin graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1949. She attended George Washington University in the early 1950s and went to work for the State Department.

After her marriage in 1953, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a secretary for several businesses, including a translating service. She returned to the Washington area in 1958.

She lived in Silver Spring and Bowie before moving to Potomac in 1973. A full-time homemaker, she enjoyed decorating her home, gardening and visiting historic sites. Following a family tradition, she was a longtime member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation.

In the 1980s, she worked as a secretary for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She also served as a caregiver for several family members, including her mother, aunt and disabled sister.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Leon J. Slavin of Chevy Chase; four children, Meredith Sevi and Andrea Slavin, both of Rockville, Dawn Slavin of Frankford, Del., and Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Daniel Slavin of Scarborough, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.