Ellen Fagenson Eland
Business Professor, Scholar
Ellen Fagenson Eland, 51, a business professor at George Mason University and a nationally regarded scholar of diversity and mentoring in organizations, died of brain cancer Sept. 25 at Fairfax Nursing Center. She lived in Reston.
Early in her career, Dr. Eland decided to address the restrictions she saw on women working outside the home. She saw the problem largely as a lack of access to mentors, an issue that became crucial to her research.
She had taught in GMU's department of management since 1987 and wrote more than 60 articles and papers in management journals. She also edited "Women in Management: Trends, Issues and Challenges in Managerial Diversity" (1993), a book that sells thousands of copies a year.
She was a founding member and former chairwoman of the women in management division of the Academy of Management, a professional organization of scholars in the field. At the academy, she served on the executive board of the careers division and on the mentoring committee.
She was appointed associate editor at the Academy of Management Executive, a journal on management practice.
Dr. Eland, a New York native, received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976 and a doctorate in psychology from Princeton University in 1981.
She served on the faculty of SUNY-Binghamton before joining GMU.
Her awards included the Academy of Management mentoring best practices award; the academy's Janet Chusmir service award; and the Academy of Management Journal outstanding service award.
Dr. Eland was active in animal welfare efforts as a founding member of the Homeless Animals Rescue Team, a Virginia-based charity.
In addition to her professional achievements, motherhood energized her most of all, said her husband of 23 years, David Kodner of Reston. "Being Kelly's mom" was all that really mattered to her, he said, referring to their daughter, Kelly Eland of Reston.
Besides her husband and daughter, survivors include her parents, Morton and Suzanne Fagenson of New York; and a brother.
Carol Ann Raffo Ainslie
Carol Ann Raffo Ainslie, 62, who worked as a day-care provider for many years, died Oct. 12 at her home in Spotsylvania. She had diabetes.
Ms. Ainslie was affectionately known as "Meema" among neighborhood children in Spotsylvania, where she had lived since 1990. Earlier, she lived in Manassas.
A native Washingtonian, she grew up in the Brookland area and graduated from St. Anthony's Catholic High School. She attended Catholic University for two years.
She was a member of the Spotsylvania ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Her marriages to Patrick Mills and George Ainslie ended in divorce.
Survivors include three children from her first marriage, Bernard Mills of Amissville, Va., and Patricia Mills and Lisa Smith, both of Spotsylvania; a sister, Diane O'Toole of Bethesda; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Assunta 'Sue' Vasaio
Assunta "Sue" Varriale Vasaio, 82, who had co-owned and operated A.V. Ristorante Italiano in Northwest Washington since 1949, died Oct. 14 at her home in Falls Church. She had cancer.
Mrs. Vasaio was a native Washingtonian and attended McKinley Technical High School. She and her second husband, Augusto Vasaio, started the restaurant. After his death in 1982, she ran it with two sons and, much later, a grandson.
Her first marriage, to Michael Di Bari, ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children from her first marriage, John Di Bari of Upper Marlboro and Linda Parker of Locust Grove, Va.; three children from her second marriage, Maria Elena Vasaio of Rome, August Vasaio of Washington and Edward Vasaio of Richmond; a brother, Andrew Varriale of Silver Spring; and eight grandchildren.
Samuel Cooper Dawson Jr.
Motel and Camp Operator
Samuel Cooper Dawson Jr., 96, an Alexandria native who ran a motel and restaurant for decades and later owned a summer camp in West Virginia, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 13 at a nursing center in Salisbury, Md., where he lived. He had lived in Alexandria until 2003.
Mr. Dawson, known as Cooper, was a 1928 graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria and a member of the school's baseball team. At the University of Virginia, from which he graduated in 1932, he played baseball and basketball. In February of this year, he was honored during halftime of a Virginia game as the second-oldest living U-Va. basketball player.
Mr. Dawson taught science at St. Christopher's School in Richmond from 1932 to 1936. He was an insurance underwriter with the Maryland Casualty Co. in Baltimore from 1936 to 1939.
In 1939, he joined the family business, the Penn-Daw Motor Hotel and Restaurant in Alexandria. The restaurant was known for its fried chicken, called "chicken in the rough." Mr. Dawson managed the business until it was sold in 1973.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and retired from the Navy Reserve as a captain in 1969.
From 1969 to 1983, Mr. Dawson was business manager of Episcopal High School and also served as assistant baseball coach. After his retirement, a new baseball field was dedicated in his honor.
In 1963, he purchased Camp Alleghany, a summer camp for girls in Lewisburg, W.Va. He was president and director emeritus of the camp until his death.
Mr. Dawson was a past director of the Washington & Lee Savings and Loan Association and past president of the Virginia Travel Council, the Virginia Motel Association and the Alexandria Junior Chamber of Commerce.
He held leadership positions with the Washington Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association and also served on the local advisory boards of the Salvation Army and AAA.
Mr. Dawson was a former president of the George Washington chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was active in the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was a member of the Alexandria Rotary Club.
Proud of his Virginia heritage, Mr. Dawson was descended from 17th-century settlers of Jamestown and was a great-great-great-grandson of George Mason, who was a leader in the American Revolution and a friend of George Washington's.
He was a member of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Frances Boatwright Dawson of Salisbury; two children, Samuel Cooper Dawson III of Fredericksburg and Marion Dawson Phillips of Salisbury; and three grandchildren.
Dorothy M. Torpey
Dorothy M. Torpey, 86, an Alexandria public school teacher for more than 50 years, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 30 in Alexandria at the Hermitage in Northern Virginia. She was a longtime Alexandria resident.
Dr. Torpey was born in Binghamton, N.Y., and grew up in and around Jefferson County, N.Y. She received a bachelor's degree from Adelphi College in Garden City, N.Y., in the early 1940s and master's and doctoral degrees, both from New York University, a few years later.
She taught school on Long Island before moving to Alexandria in 1947. During her career, she taught U.S. government, U.S. history and psychology at George Washington High School, Francis C. Hammond High School (where she was chair of the social studies department) and T.C. Williams High School. She retired in 1998.
In 1953, she received a Ford Fellowship from the Fund for the Advancement of Education, which allowed her to travel during the 1953-54 academic year to various historic sites in Virginia to assess the significance of the state's political, economic and social contributions to American culture. Her research formed the basis of a book, "Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia" (1961).
In Alexandria, she was active in local and district education associations, including Delta Zeta, Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Gamma Mu. She also served as program chair for the Alexandria Education Association and chair of the legislative committee of District H.
There are no immediate survivors.
Michael Joseph Greenway
Michael Joseph Greenway, 20, a Washington area native who was working toward a music degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, died Oct. 15 in a car accident in McLean, where he was visiting family.
Fairfax County police said Mr. Greenway was driving alone about 5:15 a.m. when he apparently lost control of his car northbound on a curve and drove off Kirby Road, north of Clairborne Drive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Mr. Greenway was born in Waldorf and raised in Great Falls and McLean. He started playing the piano at age 5. In his teens, he took evening courses at the Levine School of Music in Washington, and he honed his talents in summer programs at the Boston Conservatory and Indiana University.
"Playing the piano came so naturally to him," said Jenny Greenway, his sister-in-law. "He didn't get nervous performing in front of crowds. He was a prodigy."
While a student at Langley High School in McLean, Mr. Greenway played the piano in the school's musical productions, and an original composition of his won a state musical competition.
At his class graduation ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall in 2003, he performed "Claire de Lune."
Survivors include his parents, Wes and Linda Greenway of McLean; three brothers, Chris Greenway of Potomac Falls, George Greenway of McLean and Wesley Greenway of Fairfax; a sister, Catherine Greenway of McLean; his paternal grandparents, Gene and Margaret Greenway of Waldorf; and his maternal grandparents, George Aducayen, former Philippine ambassador to the United States, and Caridad Aducayen of Sacramento.
Rose Marie Allen
Rose Marie Allen, 80, who retired in 1990 as an acquisitions analyst with the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General, died Oct. 5 of complications of diabetes at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. She was a former District resident.
She was born in Washington and as a child sang professionally on local radio shows and later as a teenager with local orchestras and on Broadway. She graduated from Central high School and worked as a respiratory technician during World War II. She also sang in Red Cross and USO shows during the war.
Mrs. Allen, who also had lived in Silver Spring, moved to Chattanooga a month ago.
She was a volunteer for the Montgomery County Police Department and belonged to the Maryland Harmony Chapter of the Sweet Adelines.
Her marriage to Lewis George Allen ended in divorce.
Survivors include five children, Cynthia Parker and Marianne Allen, both of Boise, Iowa, Jane Allen of Austin, Lewis Allen of Chattanooga and Lawrence Allen of Chicago; a brother; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.