William A. Oliver Jr.

Research Scientist

William A. Oliver, Jr., 79, a scientist emeritus with the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, died Oct. 8 after he was struck by a car in Rockford, Ill. He lived in Kensington.

Dr. Oliver was walking across a road to his hotel about 8 p.m. when he was hit. He was taken to a hospital, where he died about an hour later. He had been in Rockford to attend a memorial service for his sister-in-law.

Dr. Oliver was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in Champaign, Ill. He graduated from the University of Illinois. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he attended Cornell University, receiving a master's degree in 1950 and a doctorate in geology in 1952.

He taught at Brown University before moving to Washington in 1957 to join the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dr. Oliver, who specialized in the study of ancient coral reefs, retired in 1993 but continued with his research at the U.S. Geological Survey as a scientist emeritus.

He was a research associate with the Paleobiology Department of the Smithsonian Institution for nearly 40 years; an author or co-author of numerous scientific articles; and an influential member of professional organizations.

He was past president of the Association of Earth Science Editors, the Paleontological Society, the American Geological Institute, the International Association for the Study of Fossil Cnidaria, and the Paleontological Research Institution; former secretary-general of the International Palaeontological Association; and past editor of the Journal of Paleontology.

His honors include a National Science Foundation Award and an Interior Department Meritorious Service Award.

His wife of 43 years, Johanna Kramer Oliver, died in 1991.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Alan Oliver of Paris and James Andrew Oliver of Riva, Md.; a brother, Charles M. Oliver of Charlottesville; a sister, George-Anne Kelly of Wilmington, Del.; and three grandchildren.

John R. Hollingsworth


John R. Hollingsworth, 49, a Washington area native who worked as a first mate for a fishing charter business in upstate New York, died Sept. 17 at a hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., of injuries sustained in an assault a day earlier.

Mr. Hollingsworth suffered a fractured skull during an altercation with another man in the parking lot of a bar in Henderson, N.Y., according to New York State Police. The suspect in the case was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Mr. Hollingsworth was born in Washington and raised in Hyattsville. He attended High Point High School in Beltsville and then worked as a welder before moving to the Henderson Harbor, N.Y., area in 1994.

His marriage to Joann Hollingsworth ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Hollingsworth and Benjamin Hollingsworth, both of Henderson Harbor, and a sister, Helen Rhoads of Edgewater.

Robert Webb Arnold

Air Traffic Controller, Teacher

Robert Webb "Hap" Arnold, 69, an air traffic controller who also taught at Georgetown University, died of pulmonary fibrosis Oct. 13 at his home in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Mr. Arnold was born in Laurel and joined the Air Force in the early 1950s. After learning air traffic controlling in the Air Force, he worked at National Airport from the late 1950s until 1962. He was an air traffic controller at Leesburg Executive Airport from 1962 to 1972.

In 1964, Mr. Arnold was a founding member of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, and he remained active with emergency medical programs for many years. He later was named an honorary member of the squad.

From 1972 to 1994, he taught advanced life support courses in the emergency medicine program at Georgetown's medical school.

He lived in Sterling and later in Arlington before retiring in 1994 to Washington state, where he spent a good deal of his time on his 43-foot trawler.

His marriage to Geraldine Arnold ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Barbara Ann Arnold of Gig Harbor; three children from his first marriage, Robert Webb Arnold Jr. of Washington, Patricia Lynn Wills of Hillsboro and Lisa Corrinne Arnold of Ashburn; five brothers; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.