Charles 'Tom' Tompkins

Army Sergeant Major

Charles Gustis "Tom" Tompkins, 69, a retired sergeant major in the Army, died of heart disease Sept. 24 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Tompkins was a native of the Town of Clinton, N.Y. He served 23 years in the Army, then spent 20 years as a civilian personnel management officer for the Department of the Army. He retired in 1997.

Mr. Tompkins was an avid golfer and a member of the Fort Belvoir Golf Club. He won several slot-car racing championships in Japan from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s.

His wife of 47 years, Ellen Emiko Tompkins, died in 2003.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Asia Tompkins of Alexandria; two brothers; and a grandson.

Oreste 'Ray' Maltagliati

City Employee

Oreste "Ray" Maltagliati, 84, a retired chief of the District's tax audit and liability division, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 9 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Maltagliati, known in City Hall as "Ray Mal," was instrumental in creating the current retirement plan for Washington's police and firefighters. He was quoted in the media over the years on topics ranging from the number of licensed and unlicensed street vendors to the frequency of cigarette smuggling in the District. He retired about 1982.

He was born in Boveglio, Italy, and came to Washington as an infant. He graduated from St. Paul's Academy and earned an associate's degree in accounting from George Washington University.

During World War II, Mr. Maltagliati was a machinist in the Navy Yard in downtown Washington. He joined the District government after the war, and worked for many years in its income and sales tax division.

A fan of the Washington Redskins and Notre Dame's Fighting Irish sports teams, he enjoyed a good laugh, good food, good Scotch and a good cigar.

His marriage to Victoria Jones ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Gregory Maltagliati of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Julie Maltagliati of South Daytona, Fla., and Joanne Miller of Kearneysville, W. Va.; a brother, Benedict Maltagliati of Wilmington, N.C.; a sister, Dina Maltagliati of Washington; and four grandchildren.

Mary Kathleen Wixted

C-Span Logistics Editor

Mary Kathleen Wixted, 56, logistics editor for C-Span's Book TV program, died Oct. 8 of lung cancer at Casey House hospice in Rockville.

Prior to joining C-Span in 1999, Ms. Wixted was director of sports operations for Cablevision in Long Island. While there, she worked as production manager at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, overseeing television coverage of equestrian events.

From 1978 to the early 1990s, she worked with ABC News and ABC in Washington and New York. She started as assistant to the deputy bureau chief in Washington, and later held positions that included unit manager for "Good Morning America" and associate producer for "One Life to Live."

Ms. Wixted was born in Danbury, Conn., and received an associate degree in elementary education from Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa. She spent eight years as a customer service supervisor with Northeast Utilities in Danbury.

She fulfilled a life-long goal of completing college in 1993, when she graduated cum laude from Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., with a bachelor's in business. She was the commencement speaker at her graduation.

Her marriage to Thomas Rickert ended in divorce.

Survivors include three sisters, Patricia Wixted of North Bethesda, Margaret Auger of Bethesda and Joan Kieley of Collingwood, N.J.; and two brothers, Daniel Wixted of Stamford, Conn., and Robert Wixted of Sydney.

Marianne Holder Solomon

Dance Studio Co-Owner

Marianne Holder Solomon, 57, who co-owned and operated Body Sculpture Exercise Studio in Bethesda from 1977 to 1985, died Oct. 10 at her home in Bethesda. She had complications from multiple system atrophy, a degenerative neurological disorder.

Mrs. Solomon was born in New York and spent her teenage years in Catonsville, Md., where she was a 1965 graduate of Catonsville High School. She was a 1971 dance and French graduate of the University of Maryland.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, John R. Solomon, and two sons, Nicholas Solomon and Lucas Solomon, all of Bethesda; and her mother, Victoria Holder of Catonsville.