Kim White Kambourian
Foreign Service Officer
Kim White Kambourian, 46, a Foreign Service officer, died of cancer Aug. 29 at her home in Brasilia. A former Arlington resident, she had been stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil since August 2004.
Mrs. Kambourian was born in Kingsdown, Kan., a member of a longtime farming family, whose influence led her to buy and restore her father's childhood home several years ago. She graduated from Stanford University in 1981 and worked a year in the private sector before she was recruited by the Reagan administration to join the White House's speechwriting office.
During her four-year tenure there, she developed a commitment for environmental and human rights affairs. She joined the Foreign Service in 1986 and served tours in Portugal, Brazil, Washington, Haiti, Chile, Argentina and again in Brazil.
Although an economic officer by training, several of her assignments involved working on U.S. efforts regarding environmental treaty obligations and championing human rights and democracy-building.
She received several State Department performance awards and was the runner-up for the department's 2004 Human Rights Reporting Award for outstanding coverage of human rights issues in Argentina.
Survivors include her husband of 15 years, John Kambourian, also a career Foreign Service officer, and three children, Gregory Jake Kambourian, Laura Kay Kambourian and Alison Leigh Kambourian, all of Brasilia; her mother, Althea White of Dodge City, Kan.; a brother; and two sisters.
Mary Gray 'Gay' Thomas
Mary Gray Craig "Gay" Thomas, 76, a Northern Virginia Realtor who retired from WJD Associates in Alexandria in 1991, died Sept. 2 at her home in Alexandria. She had lung cancer.
Mrs. Thomas began her real estate career in the early 1970s and spent much of her time with Merkli-McGuire and then Parkway Realty. She was with WJD about two years.
She was a life member of the Million Dollar Sales Club and was designated a top producer in 1989.
Mrs. Thomas was born in Petersburg, Va., and raised in Waynesboro, Va. She was a graduate of what is now the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg and did graduate work in medical technology at the University of Virginia.
She settled in the Washington area in the early 1950s and spent more than a decade as a medical technologist for several Alexandria doctors and at what is now Inova Alexandria Hospital.
She was a member of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, where she formerly chaired the early kindergarten program, was an area pastor and worked with the food program.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Earl G. Thomas of Alexandria; three children, Ann Daley Tate of Richmond, Betsy T. Critzer of Charlottesville and Jack Thomas of Colorado Springs; a sister, Catharine Birchard of Waynesboro; a brother, S. Daley Craig of Crozet, Va.; and six grandchildren.
Robert Eldridge 'Abie' Talbott
Mount Vernon Night Watchman
Robert Eldridge "Abie" Talbott, 78, who worked as a night watchman at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate for 45 years until his retirement in the early 1990s, died of a heart ailment Aug. 21 at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Alexandria.
Mr. Talbott was a lifelong resident of the Woodlawn area of Fairfax County. He was one of 14 children in his family who grew up on a farm on Richmond Highway.
He graduated from Mount Vernon High School and served in the Army at the end of World War II.
His wife, Margaret Talbott, died in 1999.
Survivors include a sister, Jean Kline of Alexandria.
William Henry Zierdt Jr.
Military Magazine Editor
William Henry Zierdt Jr., 91, a former editor of a military magazine and retired information chief for the U.S. Army Reserve, died Sept. 1 of complications of a stroke at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster, Pa. A former resident of Northern Virginia, he had lived in Lancaster for 20 years.
Mr. Zierdt served as editor of Armor Magazine, the professional magazine of the U.S. Army's Armor Branch, for nine years and as secretary of the Armor Association in Washington. He is credited with turning the former Cavalry Journal into a modern, professional journal, which won awards in layout, use of color, cover art and editorial content.
After his military retirement in 1969, he became the editor of Army Reserve Magazine and then chief of information for the Army Reserve at the Pentagon. He retired in 1973.
Mr. Zierdt was born in Ashley, Pa., and attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. He graduated from the University of Maryland.
He was a proofreader for the Telegraph Press of Harrisburg and was activated with his National Guard unit in 1941 for World War II. He served in North Africa and Italy as a commander of C Company, 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion. From Italy, he returned to Fort Hood, Tex., and deactivated the last tank destroyer unit in the Army. Later, he managed the 5th Army printing plant at Fort Knox, Ky., and served with headquarters at U.S. Army Europe.
He received nine Silver Anvil awards for outstanding public-relations programs. In the 1950s, he ghost-wrote an early biography of Gen. George S. Patton. For many years, he was a contributing editor to the Encyclopedia Britannica on the U.S. Cavalry.
After retiring to York, Pa., and later Lancaster, he remained active in volunteer and veterans' organizations and was a founder of the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion Association. He was a longtime Mason.
His wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Kirkpatrick Zierdt, died in 1967.
Survivors include a son, Bill Zierdt of Fond du Lac, Wis.; a sister; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mary L. Ready
Nurse, Lactation Consultant
Mary L. Ready, 59, a nurse and lactation consultant who worked at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring for about 25 years until she retired on disability in 2003, died of breast cancer Aug. 31 at Casey House hospice in Rockville. She lived in Bethesda.
Mrs. Ready was born in Boston and was a 1966 graduate of the Newton Wellesley Hospital school of nursing.
She moved to Washington in 1970 and worked at area hospitals, the last of which was Holy Cross Hospital. She worked in various departments, including pediatric and maternal health, before becoming a lactation specialist.
She was one of the leaders in a failed attempt to unionize nurses at Holy Cross in the 1980s. For many years, she helped raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure campaign.
Her hobbies included baking and quilting.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, James Ready of Bethesda; three children, Michelle McGarry of Boston, Matthew Ready of Sequim, Wash., and Timothy Ready of Poolesville; her mother, Zoa Ward of Brookline, Mass.; two sisters; two brothers; and eight grandchildren.
Sara Ann 'Sally' Schultz
Sara Ann "Sally" Schultz, 71, a retired federal government budget analyst, died of cancer Sept. 5 at her home in Dowell, in Calvert County.
Ms. Schultz was born in Johnsonburg, Pa., and moved to Morningside as a child. She survived polio at age 8 and graduated from Maryland Park High School in 1951.
She began her 35-year career with the federal government in 1954 at the Library of Congress and moved shortly thereafter to Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base, where she was a budget analyst. In the early 1980s, she moved to the Pentagon, where she continued the same work. She retired in 1989.
An animal lover, she took in dogs, cats and other pets and contributed to the Humane Society. She also took great pride in her gardening skills. An accomplished artist, she also decorated her house and the homes of family members with her paintings, sculptures and drawings.
She volunteered numerous hours with SMILE, a consortium of church groups in Southern Maryland that resells and reconditions items for sale, with proceeds going to the underprivileged.
Her marriage to Aubrey A. Schultz ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, Aubrey "Butch" Schultz of Fairfax Station and Michael Schultz of Mechanicsville; her mother, Kathryn Ellen Hinchliffe of Dowell; a sister, Lois Mailloux of Burlington, Vt.; two brothers, Charles Hinchliffe of Ocean City and Richard Hinchliffe of Issue, in Charles County; five grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.
Ronald L. Augustaitus
Cardiovascular Imaging Specialist
Ronald L. "Ronnie" Augustaitus, 61, a cardiovascular imaging specialist, died of a heart attack Sept. 8 at Suburban Hospital. He was a Gaithersburg resident.
Mr. Augustaitus was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He served in the Army from 1965 to 1967, including a year in Vietnam. Trained in electronics, he worked on helicopters.
He moved with his family to Gaithersburg in 1970 and took a job with Philips Medical Systems. He became the Cleveland-based company's expert at installing, repairing and training people on medical imaging equipment. His territory included the mid-Atlantic states.
Mr. Augustaitus was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast and a longtime member of the Cresap Rifle Club of Frederick. He served as an official range officer with the club.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Eileen Augustaitus of Gaithersburg; two daughters, Patty Ann Augustaitus of Gaithersburg and Dawn Marie Lawrence of Frederick; a brother; a sister; and two granddaughters.
Lucile Jane Dobbyn
Lucile Jane Dobbyn, 90, a retired educator and volunteer, died of cancer Sept. 7 at her home in the Riderwood Retirement Community in Silver Spring.
From 1966 to 1979, Mrs. Dobbyn taught at Montpelier Elementary School in Prince George's County. After retiring, she was a volunteer for the Prince George's library, Meals on Wheels and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington.
She was born Lucile Jane Davis in New York and graduated from that city's Hunter College. She received a master's degree in education from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1961 and took courses at Purdue University. She taught at elementary schools in New York state.
Her husband, Frank Dobbyn, whom she met as a teenager in New York, died in 1979. Her oldest son, Christopher Dobbyn, died in 1998.
Survivors include two children, Victoria Dobbyn Dill of Roberts Creek, B.C., and Frank Dobbyn Jr. of Annapolis; and four grandson.
John Armand LeReche
John Armand LeReche, 79, an electrical engineer whose specialty was illumination, died of multiple myeloma Sept. 12 at Reston Hospital Center. He had lived in Reston since 1976.
Mr. LeReche was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. His parents, worried about the coming war, sent him to Duluth, Minn., in 1936 to live with relatives. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he attended Carleton College in Minnesota before receiving a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the School of Engineering at George Washington University in 1948. He was a member of the Theta Tau engineering society.
He worked for an oil company in Ponca City, Okla., for a few years and then moved to McLean in 1951. He was a consulting electrical engineer and an illumination engineer for the National Bureau of Standards and several Washington area engineering firms before starting a company, Glassman-LeReche & Associates, in 1970.
In a career that lasted nearly a half-century, he worked on several notable illumination projects, including at the National Zoo and the Library of Congress, lighting for the Washington Monument, Washington Harbour and the Reston and Herndon community centers. He held a U.S. patent for an innovative aircraft-mounted searchlight that was designed for use in anti-submarine warfare.
He semi-retired in 1988 but continued to do consulting work on illumination projects and was active with his homeowners association. He enjoyed travel, home-improvement projects and family gatherings. He was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Helen LeReche of Reston; three children, Peggy LeReche of Arlington, John LeReche and Paul LeReche, both of Herndon; a brother, Dr. Louis P. LeReche of Leonardtown; and four grandchildren.
Robert G. Rothwell
GAO Deputy Director
Robert G. Rothwell, 83, a deputy director of the former General Accounting Office, died of septicemia, dementia and Lewy body disease Aug. 23 at his home in Bethesda.
Mr. Rothwell, a certified public accountant, was born in Jamaica, N.Y., and served in the Army in the European theater during World War II, in the counterintelligence corps of the 1st Infantry Division. After the war, he joined the Army Reserves and retired as a major in 1975.
He graduated from New York University with a bachelor's and a master's degree in business administration, and worked at an accounting firm in New York before he was recruited to the GAO in 1951. In the 1950s, Mr. Rothwell and his family spent two years in Germany for the State Department. He then returned to the Washington area, where he rose in the GAO's ranks until becoming deputy director. He retired in 1978.
He enjoyed travel and in retirement returned to Germany for a visit. He also volunteered, assisting the elderly with their taxes, and delivered Meals on Wheels. He liked to play golf.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sylvia A. Rothwell of Bethesda; two children, Susan Gurney of Arlington and Russell Rothwell of Sheboygan, Wis.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Doris Jean Post Poinsett
Smithsonian Manager, Genealogist
Doris Jean Post Poinsett, 76, a Smithsonian research manager who later did genealogical research, died of complications from colon cancer Sept. 11 at Casey House hospice in Rockville. She lived in Bethesda.
Mrs. Poinsett came to the Washington region in 1963, when she joined the Smithsonian's old division of science information exchange as a programmer and project manager. She helped keep records on scientific research taking place around the world and retired in 1981.
After retirement, she did extensive genealogical research and writing. She published three books on her ancestors in West Virginia and those of her husband, Benjamin Franklin Poinsett of Bethesda. In 1991, she won the Donald Lines Jacobus Award from the American Society of Genealogists. In 2003, she received an award from the state of West Virginia for her support of historical programs and services in central West Virginia.
Mrs. Poinsett was born in Buckhannon, W.Va., and was a 1951 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College. She was a teacher in St. Mary's County and also worked as an electrical system fault analyst with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. in the 1950s.
She was a member of the National Genealogical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Montgomery County Historical Society and historical groups in West Virginia.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years; and two brothers.
Charles Edward Mueller
Gas Company Dispatcher
Charles Edward Mueller, 93, a retired dispatcher at Washington Gas Co., died of complications from pneumonia Aug. 29 at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton.
Mr. Mueller was a native Washingtonian. He worked a number of jobs from the time he was 12 years old. He joined the gas company in 1937 and retired in 1972.
He was a volunteer firefighter for 33 years, until the fire department purchased his home to build the new McLean firehouse. He was not a willing seller.
"I don't like any of it," Mr. Mueller said as the project moved ahead in 1984. "If they run me out, I'll have to buy another house and borrow on time all over again. At my age you just don't have the energy you used to. I won't look around until I get final notice from the county, but I tell you I won't live in Fairfax County again. Not after the way I've been kicked around."
He moved to Warrenton in 1990.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Virginia Darne Mueller of Warrenton; two children, Arleen V. Michelitch of Hamilton, Va., and Charles E. Mueller Jr. of Midland, Va.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Thomas J. Fleming
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
Thomas J. Fleming, 87, a vocational rehabilitation specialist and White House adviser to two presidents, died Aug. 24 of a heart ailment at his residence in Chantilly.
Dedicated to assisting people with physical and mental disabilities since World War II, Mr. Fleming worked for 20 years in Veterans Administration hospitals. In 1965, he joined the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where he directed a then-novel experiment, "Projects with Industry," in returning severely disabled people to work. The experiment was a success, spreading throughout the nation and to other countries as well.
He also was a director of policy analysis for the Office of Consumer Affairs in the White House, serving the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and graduated from Manhattan College in New York. While serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he worked with wounded servicemen who were preparing to return to civilian life. He worked closely during this period with those who became household names in rehabilitation, including Karl Menninger, Howard Rusk and Henry Kessler.
After the war, Mr. Fleming received a master's degree from Columbia University in New York in 1947 and studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He also taught graduate courses at Columbia University, New York University and Springfield College in Massachusetts. He served on numerous boards and commissions, including the President's Committee on the Employment of People With Disabilities and the National Rehabilitation Association.
After his retirement from the federal government in 1986, he consulted for the International Association of Machinists' Center for Administering Rehabilitation and Employment Services.
His wife of 43 years, Jane Fleming, died in 1992.
Survivors include a daughter, Eileen J. Price of Chantilly; a sister; and two grandchildren.
Honorah B. Peter
Honorah "Norah" B. Peter, 84, a program manager with the Navy Department's Naval Sea Systems Command, died Aug. 24 at her home in Washington. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Peter worked for the command for 30 years, until her retirement in 1984.
Born Honorah Miles in Nottingham, England, she came to the United States with her family in 1927 and grew up in Clarksburg, W.Va. After graduating from high school there, she began her civil service career with a predecessor of the Federal Aviation Administration at the Benedum Airport in Bridgeport, W.Va.
In 1950, Mrs. Peter, who loved singing opera, had a starring role as Violetta in Verdi's opera "La Traviata," which was performed at the Washington Irving Auditorium in Clarksburg. She studied music at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va., and graduated from George Washington University with a degree in 18th-century English literature. At GWU, she also studied singing and performed at Lisner Auditorium.
Mrs. Peter, who sometimes revealed a bawdy sense of humor, enjoyed the Marx Brothers and knew all the lines in their movies. She also enjoyed Fred Allen's "Allen's Alley" and its cast of eccentric characters, whom she could imitate nicely. She also cherished her cats.
She was a master bridge player and a painter in watercolors and acrylic. Adept with her hands, she knitted sweaters and crocheted afghans.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Carl Peter of Washington; a daughter, Ann "BoBo" Christenson of Valkaria, Fla.; two grandsons; and four great grandchildren.
Gerald "Jerry" Kenneth White
Gerald "Jerry" Kenneth White, 59, who worked at the Bethesda Crab House from 1984 to June, died of cancer Sept. 3 at his home in Bethesda.
Mr. White was born in Washington and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1965. He attended Montgomery College, the University of Maryland and Towson University.
He worked in the food and beverage industry for several years in Washington and Montgomery County, including at the Dancing Crab and Tenley Inn.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Patricia Anne McGinniss-White of Bethesda; and a sister, Judith White of Ocean City.
Harold Raymond Cody
Harold Raymond Cody, 86, a retired Navy captain who saw action as a pilot during World War II and in Korea and Vietnam, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 16 at Fairfax Nursing Center. He was a Springfield resident.
Capt. Cody, a voting member of the Cherokee Nation, was born in Collinsville, Okla. He was a student at Miami University in Ohio, where he played trumpet with various big bands, among them Benny Goodman's. World War II interrupted his education, and he enlisted in the Navy in 1942. He commanded a VS-34 squadron (sea control) during World War II and in Vietnam served as operations officer on the aircraft carrier USS Essex. He received a bachelor's degree from George Washington University in the early 1960s and retired from the military in 1973.
As a civilian, he continued in military research and development as vice president of NAVMAR Applied Sciences, a company based in Johnsonville, Pa. He retired again in 2001.
He was a member of the Springfield Country Club, although, his wife noted, his work was his hobby.
His marriage to Marjorie Wessell Cody ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Beverly Cody of Springfield; a son from the first marriage, Harold Cody of Vienna, and a son from the second marriage, Shawn Cody of Manassas; three grandsons; and a stepbrother.
Cathy L. Horton
Cathy LaRuth Horton, 40, an Annandale resident who spent the last few years as deputy director of information technology for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, died Aug. 30 at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. She had heart disease.
Ms. Horton was a native of Lubbock, Tex., and a graduate of Texas Tech University, where she also received a master's degree in public administration.
She settled in the Washington area in 1990 after her schooling and was a presidential management intern at NASA. She later was director of program operations at WorkSmart, an information technology business, and a program manager at Nortel Networks.
At McLean Bible Church, she was a member and did volunteer work.
Survivors include her mother, Bonita Horton of Annandale, and a brother.