Tam Scriven

Budget Analyst

Tam Scriven, 63, a budget analyst for the Defense Department and a retired major in the Marine Corps, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Sept.10 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Springfield.

Maj. Scriven worked as a civilian for Defense from 1993 to 2002. She previously taught in Defense Department schools in Bad Aibling, Germany.

She was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Montana. She entered the Marine Corps in 1971 and retired in 1982. That year, she also received a master's degree in business from Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.

She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale.

Survivors include her companion, Nancy Keister of Springfield.

Edith Dunlap


Edith Dunlap, 83, a retired banker at the Bank of Bethesda, died of congestive heart failure Sept.30 at her daughter's home in North Potomac. She also had diabetes.

Mrs. Dunlap worked for the bank for 33 years and retired in 1985 as its assistant vice president. She was also president of the local chapter of the National Association of Banking Women.

Born in Ottawa, Canada, she came to the Washington area in 1941 and worked for the code and cipher branch of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

She was an animal lover and always had at least two dogs, her family said.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Donald Dunlap of North Potomac; three daughters, Donna Seelye of Mount Airy, Laurie Dunlap of North Potomac and Roberta Wolcott of Rockville; a brother; a sister; five grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.

James Luke Brehony

Home Builder

James Luke Brehony, 79, a builder and land development consultant, died Oct. 2 at Potomac Hospital of complications from a kidney transplant. He was a Lake Ridge resident.

Mr. Brehony was born in Irvington, N.J. At 17, he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces and served as a cryptographer in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

After the war, he moved to Newark and attended Pace College; he then took a job in advertising. In the 1950s, he was a marketing director with Look and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. His work with Better Homes and Gardens put him in regular contact with the home-building industry, and in the late 1950s he took a job with Sampson Brothers, home builders in Pittsburgh. He moved to the Washington area in 1965 to open the company's national division.

During the early 1970s, he was executive vice president with King Homes, one of the first Washington area companies to build condominiums in Northern Virginia. In 1975, he started a residential building company, JayBee Builders. More recently, he was president and chief executive of Land & Development Resource Management. He was working as a land-development consultant to Republic Properties until a week before his death.

Mr. Brehony contracted hepatitis C from a blood transfusion during World War II, but the disease went undetected for nearly four decades. After receiving a liver transplant in 1995, he became a member of the Fairfax transplant commission, an organization dedicated to promoting organ donation. He was a member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfax City.

His first wife, Mary Brehony, died in 1992.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Deanne Brehony of Lake Ridge; two children from his first marriage, Kathleen Brehony of Manteo, N.C., and James Peter Brehony of Vienna; two stepchildren from his second marriage, Charles Samuel of Hartford, Conn., and Shelley Riley of Morgantown, W.Va.; and seven grandchildren.

Brian Rowe Cassedy

Association Manager

Brian Rowe Cassedy, 63, who founded an association management firm, died Sept. 11 of liver cancer at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.

Mr. Cassedy was born in Fairfield, Conn., and was a graduate of American University. He began his career in New York with Chemical Bank, New York Trust Co. and Marsh & McLennan Insurance Co., where he had the distinction of writing the rain insurance coverage for the Woodstock festival.

In 1970, he took a position as staff assistant to Sen. Abraham A. Ribicoff (D-Conn.). In 1976, he joined SmithBucklin Corp., and association management firm.

He was with the company until 1983, when he left to start his own association management firm, the International Management Group Inc. His company provided staffing and other services primarily to international associations, including several in aviation and space technology.

The company was sold in 1994, and Mr. Rowe became a consultant to software companies providing services to associations. He retired in 2004.

Mr. Cassedy was a member of the Metropolitan Club of Washington and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, an Irish American social club, and a past member of the City Tavern Club. He was a member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington. He also served in the Marine Forces Reserve.

A dedicated genealogist, he traced his lineage to Philip Livingston, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He self-published a volume of the Cassedy and Livingston family histories.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Joan Walsh Cassedy of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Caroline Cassedy and Joan Cassedy, both of Chevy Chase; a sister; and a brother.

Robinson 'Bob' Lappin

Navy JAG Officer

Capt. Robinson "Bob" Lappin, 76, a retired Navy officer in the judge advocate general's office, died of leukemia Sept. 23 at his home in Coupeville, Wash.

Capt. Lappin, a Navy trial lawyer, defended the commanding officer of the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans after it was cut in two in a collision with Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne on June 3, 1969. The mishap in the South China Sea killed 74 American sailors. Capt. Lappin's client, Cmdr. A. S. McLemore, received a reprimand for negligence, the lightest sentence he could have received.

Earlier, Capt. Lappin had won the acquittal of an American sailor accused of killing an Ethiopian citizen. As a result, he was exiled from Ethiopia by Emperor Haile Selassie I.

In 1974-75, he served with the Naval Inspector General and inspected legal offices in 58 countries. He retired in 1983 as commanding officer of the Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., and moved to Washington state.

Capt. Lappin was born in the District and graduated from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree from George Washington University in 1950 and his law degree from American University in 1953.

He began his 30-year military career in 1953 as a Navy lawyer before the JAG Corps was established. He assisted with its formation in 1967. He also received the Bronze Star during a tour of duty in Vietnam.

He served as mayor of Coupeville from 1991 to 1993 and later became chairman of the Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, created to preserve historic prairie land.

Capt. Lappin's son, Robinson Lappin Jr., died this year.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Joan Marjorie Lappin of Coupeville; a brother, John Lappin of Sterling; two children, Jonathan Lappin of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Janet Quinn of Springfield; and nine grandchildren.

Rodney Draper Long

Mental Health Technician

Rodney Draper Long, 66, a mental health technician at St. Elizabeths Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, died of cancer Sept. 29 at Holy Cross Hospital. He was a Clinton resident.

Mr. Long, the 13th of 15 siblings, was born in Coatesville, Pa., and entered the Air Force after high school graduation. He served from 1956 to 1962, then moved to the Washington area. He worked for 40 years for the hospitals, receiving a degree from Prince George's Community College along the way and retiring in 2001.

He was an artist and craftsman, and his paintings hang in homes of friends and relatives for whom he also often built decks, toolsheds and bookcases.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Eliza Long of Clinton; two daughters, Robin Long of Clinton and Debra Griffin of Cocoa, Fla.; nine siblings, John Long of Coatesville, Christine DuCusin of Atlanta, Louis Long of Orlando, Evangeline Miller of New York, Anne Caldwell of Atlanta, Lafayette Long of West Chester, Pa., Earle Long of East Pleasantville, N.J., Jacqueline Blackwell of Coatesville and Victory Long of Washington; and five grandchildren.