A.W. Jackson

Government Executive

A.W. "Andy" Jackson, 78, a retired federal government and national laboratory executive, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 4 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was a Bethesda resident.

Mr. Jackson, a native Washingtonian, attended McKinley Technical High School and graduated from Central High School in the District. He also graduated from American University. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War, with duty in Guam, China and Cuba.

Mr. Jackson held various executive positions, including executive officer of the Atomic Energy Commission program that developed isotope generators that powered experiments conducted on the moon by the Apollo astronauts. He was also special assistant to the chairman of the commission and later controller of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during its formative months. He retired in 1975.

Mr. Jackson then worked for Brookhaven National Laboratory, leading its Washington liaison office for eight years. He later was a consultant to the laboratory.

He was a member and past commander of the American Legion's Thad Dulin Post in Washington and belonged to Kenwood Country Club in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Teresa Fanning Jackson of Bethesda; four children, Terrence Jackson of Springfield, Margaret Jackson of Silver Spring, Cathryn Dirksen of Silver Spring and Mary Ann Szwed of Woodbridge; a sister, Emily Bailey, of Henderson, Md.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lona Helen Szymkowicz

Church Member, Homemaker

Lona Helen Szymkowicz, 88, a church member and homemaker, died from complications of a stroke at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. She was a resident of Hillcrest Heights.

Mrs. Szymkowicz, born Lona Helen Muszynski in Coventry, R.I., went to work right after graduating from high school; she was valedictorian. She was a bookkeeper at a local clothing factory. During World War II, she worked as an executive secretary at Quonset Point Naval Air Station in Rhode Island, where she learned basic first aid and how to change a jeep tire in less than five minutes.

She married her hometown sweetheart, a military officer, in 1945 and accompanied him to assignments across the United States while also raising their seven children. The family settled in the Washington area, and Mrs. Szymkowicz became active in the sodality of Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillcrest Heights. She enjoyed gardening and ceramics.

Her husband of 59 years, John S. Szymkowicz, died in June. A grandson, Alexander Szymkowicz, died in 1999.

Survivors include four sons, John Szymkowicz of Washington, Michael Szymkowicz of Hillcrest Heights, Paul Szymkowicz of San Francisco and James Szymkowicz of Chantilly; three daughters, Ann Marie Szymkowicz of Coventry, Carol Allwine of Sebastopol, Calif., and Susan Werner of Ventura, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.

Louis O. Pelletier

Sprint Engineer

Louis O. Pelletier, 69, who spent 15 years doing engineering work at what became Sprint Telecommunications and retired in 1995, died Sept. 9 at his home in Bethesda. He had heart ailments.

Mr. Pelletier was born in Fall River, Mass., and spent his early career doing electrical engineering work with System Development Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif. He settled in the Washington area around 1980.

He did volunteer work with Inova Fairfax and Sibley Memorial hospitals. He was a choir member at Annunciation Catholic Church in Washington, where he also played organ and piano.

His marriage to Sandra Pelletier ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion of 16 years, Barbara Zattiero of Bethesda; three children from his marriage, Christopher Pelletier of Tampa, Michelle Pelletier of Broomfield, Colo., and Noel Savasman of Bethesda; and a sister, Jeanne Pelletier of Silver Spring.

Sarah McCoy McCarthy

NIH Microbiologist

Sarah McCoy McCarthy, 47, a microbiologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, died Sept. 9 at Washington Home hospice. She had breast cancer.

Mrs. McCarthy, a Bethesda resident, spent the past 23 years working for NIH.

She was born in Rome and raised in the Washington area. She was a graduate of Immaculata Preparatory School in Washington and Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. She received a master's degree in biology from the University of Maryland.

She was a member of the Landon School mothers club and active in the school's annual azalea festival.

Survivors include her husband of 19 years, James McCarthy, and their two sons, Justin McCarthy and Campbell McCarthy, all of Bethesda; her parents, Thomas and Priscilla McCoy of Chevy Chase; a brother, Kevin McCoy of Chevy Chase; and three sisters, Stephanie Keith of North Potomac, Laura Anderson of Nantucket, Mass., and Anne Edwards of Chapel Hill, N.C.