Dale R. Collins

Human Resources Director

Dale R. Collins, 52, director of human resources for the Defense Department's Defense Contract Audit Agency, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 30 at his home in Potomac.

Dr. Collins, a native of Cleveland, was a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. He received a master's degree and PhD in public administration from Syracuse University.

He came to the Washington area in the early 1970s to work as a labor negotiator for the Internal Revenue Service. He went on to work for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission before joining the Defense Contract Audit Agency in 1985.

Dr. Collins also had taught human resources and labor relations in the night school program at the University of Maryland since 1982, and he was a recipient of the university's 2002 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.

He served as a lector and school board member at St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Bethesda and helped raise funds for the Gonzaga College High School soccer team and the McKenna House homeless shelter in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Lisa A. Shea, and their son, Dillon Shea Collins, both of Potomac; and a sister.

Michael Anderson Barnard Sr.

Financial Executive

Michael Anderson Barnard Sr., 72, president and owner of AFT Group Limited, a financial management firm in Washington, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Aug. 29 at a hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Mr. Barnard, a former Wall Street and World Bank international financial analyst, moved to Costa Rica in 2000 after making his home in Chevy Chase for 41 years.

He had headed AFT Group Limited for the past 15 years. He self-published a book titled "Global Financial Strategies" (2000) and wrote books on bird-watching.

Mr. Barnard, who was born in Toledo, graduated from the University of Michigan and received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of business.

His marriage to Mary S. Barnard ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, Stephen D. Barnard of Santa Clarita, Calif., Pamela B. Barnard of Kensington, Michael A. Barnard Jr. of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Laura M. Barnard of Kensington; and a granddaughter.

Anne E. Ramser


Anne Ernestine Ramser, 74, who taught for 27 years at Flint Hill Elementary School in Vienna before retiring in 1989, died Sept. 13 at her home in Washington after a heart attack.

Ms. Ramser began her career in 1955 at Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean.

She was born in Guthrie, Okla., and raised in Washington. She was a graduate of the Maret School in Washington, Stephens College in Missouri and what is now National-Louis University in Illinois.

She collected dolls.

Survivors include a brother, Charles E. Ramser Jr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Harold Francis O'Donnell

Marine Major, Teacher

Harold Francis O'Donnell, 75, a retired Marine Corps major who taught history and government at Flint Hill Preparatory School for 14 years, died of lung cancer Sept. 25 at his home in North Springfield.

Mr. O'Donnell was a Marine for 25 years before retiring in 1974. He taught at the Oakton school until 1991.

A native of Taunton, Mass., Mr. O'Donnell graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Annandale.

His wife of 34 years, Maureen V. O'Donnell, died in 1989. He also was predeceased by four children, who died from cystic fibrosis: Catherine O'Donnell in 1962, Brenda O'Donnell in 1975, Sean O'Donnell in 1976 and Maura O'Donnell in 1978.

Survivors include two daughters, Megan O'Donnell Jorns of Arlington and Bridget O'Donnell Bean of Annandale; and five grandchildren.

James L. Joyner

Restaurant Manager

James L. Joyner, 70, a restaurant manager, died of cancer Sept. 27 at his home in Beltsville.

Mr. Joyner, a native of Ojus, Fla., came to the Washington area in the 1960s and started a business that did electrical work. He soon began to work for the Marriott Corp. and became the first manager to gross more than $1 million in the chain's Bob's Big Boy restaurant in New Carrollton. He left Marriott in 1988.

Mr. Joyner worked for several other restaurants, including Phil's Bar and Grill, a neighborhood eatery near his home in Beltsville. He retired five years ago.

He was a member of Moose Lodge No. 453 in College Park and enjoyed shooting pool and fishing. He was a fan of NASCAR and the Washington Redskins and noted with gratitude that the last football game he saw was a Redskins victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

His marriage to Carolynn Braswell ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of seven years, Shirley A. Sundstrom-Joyner of Beltsville; four children from the first marriage, James A. Joyner of Greenbelt, Ron Joyner of Belleview, Fla., David Joyner of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Shannon Joyner of Key West, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Phyllis Papadopoulos of Harrisburg, Pa., and Sheryl Gostomski of Ellicott City; a brother; a sister; and 13 grandchildren.

Vum Son Suantak

Soil Consultant, Activist

Vum Son Suantak, 67, who spent about 10 years as an engineer and soil consultant for Geotech Engineers Inc. in Beltsville before retiring about 18 months ago, died Sept. 19 at his home in Beltsville. He had liver disease.

Dr. Suantak was a native of Burma who worked as a petroleum engineer for Exploration Logging in West Germany, New Jersey and Texas before settling in the Washington area in 1986. He self-published a book about the Zo people of South Asia and either formed or held office in numerous groups advocating for a democratic government to replace the current Burmese regime that named the country Myanmar.

He helped the Zo people of Burma, called the Chin, by sponsoring their visas and attaining refugee status for them. Hundreds of Chin stayed with him over the years, sometimes for more than a year. He helped build many of their homes and taught others to drive.

Dr. Suantak was a graduate of the University of Rangoon and received a doctorate in mineralogy and geochemistry from the Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany.

In the early 1970s, he arranged for his family to leave the socialist-controlled government of Burma and settle in West Germany. He joined them after leaving Burma for Thailand on foot. From there, he flew to West Germany. He became a U.S. citizen in the early 1990s.

His marriages to Heidrun Hennig Suantak and Tha Tha Suantak ended in divorce.

Survivors include two daughters from his first marriage, Bianca Mang Khan Cing Son of Bochum, Germany, and Liana Zam Lian Vung Suantak of Ramstein, Germany; four brothers, Ngo Cing Thawng of Riverdale and Suak Kang, Cin Za Dal and Lian Kop Cin, all of Burma; a sister, Vung Khai of Burma; and two grandchildren.

Daniel J. Lynch Jr.

CIA Information Officer

Daniel J. Lynch Jr., 73, a retired Central Intelligence Agency information officer on the Cuba desk, died of complications from diabetes Sept. 29 at a nursing home in Norristown, Pa.

Mr. Lynch had lived in Norristown since 2000 and before that in McLean, where he worked for the CIA from 1959 to 1988. During his career, he traveled extensively to Latin America and the Middle East.

Born in Java, Dutch East Indies, and raised in Philadelphia, he graduated from Temple University and served in the Army in Japan during the Korean War.

His wife, Sheila Lynch, died in 1977.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Cotting of Silver Spring; a brother; a sister; and four grandchildren.