Daniel A. Brandon

Navy Captain

Daniel A. Brandon, 83, a retired Navy captain, died of pulmonary fibrosis Sept. 19 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was a resident of Chestertown, Md.

Capt. Brandon served in military health care and hospital administration during most of his career, from World War II through Korea and Vietnam. He enlisted as an apprentice seaman in September 1941. In 1945, he was aboard the USS Sanctuary in Nagasaki, Japan, evacuating prisoners of war soon after the atomic bomb detonation.

He rose through the ranks to captain and graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He retired in 1984, settling in Montgomery County until he moved to Kent County in 1995.

Capt. Brandon was a member of Shrewsbury Parish Church in Kennedyville, Md., the Frank M. Jarman American Legion Post No. 36 and the Chestertown Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dr. Janet S. Brandon of Chestertown; seven children, Daniel Brandon of Gulfport, Miss., Robert Brandon of Pensacola Beach, Fla., James Brandon of Germantown, David Brandon of Easton, John Brandon of Manila, Maureen Kremer of Columbia, Mo., and Patricia Schwerkolt of Brewster, N.Y.; a brother; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Jane Retzler Gribbon

Washington Resident

Jane Retzler Gribbon, 87, a longtime District resident who volunteered at her children's schools and was an enthusiastic collector of antique glass and china, died of pneumonia Sept. 5 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mrs. Gribbon was born in Dover, Ohio, and graduated with honors from Flora Stone Mather College at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She received a master's degree in marketing from Simmons College in Boston in 1941 and married that same year.

After moving to Washington in 1943, she was active at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda and was a regular communicant at the Church of the Annunciation in Washington. Mrs. Gribbon also was an accomplished pianist.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Daniel M. Gribbon of Washington; two children, Diana Gribbon Motz of Baltimore, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and Deborah Gribbon of Los Angeles; and four grandchildren.

Polly Thompson Kolle


Polly Thompson Kolle, 84, an accountant with the Navy Mutual Aid Association in Arlington for more than 40 years, died Sept. 20 at the Casey House hospice in Rockville. The longtime resident of Bethesda had Alzheimer's disease.

A Chevy Chase native, she graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. She graduated from Benjamin Franklin University and also received a master's degree in accounting there about 1945. She moved to Bethesda in the 1960s.

She retired from the Navy Mutual Aid Association in 1985.

She was a member of the Washington Badminton Club. She also was a longtime summer resident of Grindstone Island, N.Y., and wintered in Englewood, Fla.

Her marriage to Jorgen B. Kolle ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Karen Kolle Pickett of Clarksburg and Clay Thompson Borch Kolle of Derwood; a brother; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Lou Ann Driscoll


Lou Ann Driscoll, 78, a homemaker who participated in political campaigns in Alexandria, where she lived for 40 years, died of lymphoma Sept. 10 at her home.

She was born in Beckley, W.Va., and after graduating from high school came to Washington for the summer to work as a file clerk for the FBI. For three years, she attended Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., where she met the man she would marry.

During his Air Force career, her husband was stationed in Bitburg, Germany, and the couple traveled extensively throughout Europe.

Mrs. Driscoll's first passion was her family. Her second was politics and civil rights. She marched in the 1963 March on Washington and was present when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

She participated in campaigns and other political activities in support of the Democratic Party in Alexandria until last year. She went door-to-door and displayed signs in her yard for candidates, among other activities.

Mrs. Driscoll was an accomplished tennis player and was a member of Mansion House Club in Alexandria.

In 1986, she received a kidney transplant, and she had persevered through many health challenges since then.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, James E. Driscoll of Alexandria; five daughters, Jennifer Coffey, Jamie Morningstar and Susan Blount, all of Alexandria; Angela Powell of Marysville, Wash., and Martha Allman of Savannah, Ga.; a sister, Rosemary Craft of Springfield; a brother, Edward Canterbury of Beckley; and seven grandchildren.

Rebecca A. Zana

Store Manager

Rebecca A. Zana, 39, a former general manager with Lord & Taylor and Best Buy, died Sept. 17 of brain cancer at her home in Centreville.

Mrs. Zana was born in Arlington and grew up in Falls Church. She graduated from Falls Church High School in 1985.

She went to work for Lord & Taylor in 1992 and was general manager at the Fair Oaks and Dulles Town Center stores. She moved to Best Buy in 2004 and worked at its stores in Northern Virginia.

A military wife, she was deeply involved in efforts to support soldiers and their families, including work with Family Readiness Groups. She also supported several cancer groups, including the American Brain Tumor Association. She and her husband started a foundation that, once in operation, will help families of children with brain tumors go on vacations and other outings.

Mrs. Zana enjoyed traveling and was able to go on an Alaskan cruise this year. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and taking care of her pets.

Survivors include her husband of 11 years, Army Maj. William L. Zana of Centreville; a stepson, William Zana Jr. of South Riding; and her mother, Beverly Howard of Falls Church.

Frank Satta


Frank Satta, 68, a plaintiff's attorney who specialized in aeronautical law, died after a heart attack Sept. 21 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Satta was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and graduated from Fordham University. He served in the Army from 1960 to 1963 and then worked for the Hartford Insurance Group in Connecticut. He earned a juris doctor degree with honors from the Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., in 1970.

He practiced with Alechney, Tuber and Satta in Springfield, Mass., from 1971 to 1980 and then moved to the Washington area, where he practiced law as part of the firm of Fitzgerald and Satta in Washington.

Twice in the 1990s, Mr. Satta served as executive vice president and general counsel for Airclaims Inc. in Chevy Chase and chief operating officer and legal counsel for Claimcorp Inc. in Washington. He retired in 2002.

Mr. Satta was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria. He was a lifelong Yankees fan and like to golf and swim. He read nonfiction, primarily history, voraciously.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Claire Satta of Alexandria, and a brother, John Satta, of Baltimore.