Muriel D. Lyman

Credit Union Assistant Manager

Muriel D. Lyman, 85, who retired in 1982 after about 20 years as assistant manager of the Atomic Energy Commission Credit Union in Germantown, died Oct. 1 at Suburban Hospital of complications after colon surgery.

Mrs. Lyman, a Kensington resident for more than 40 years, was a native of Chelsea, Mass., and a graduate of the Burroughs Business School in Boston.

She came to the Washington area with her husband in 1957.

For many years, she volunteered as a Girl Scout organizer and troop leader. She also was active in youth activities at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda.

Her interests included reading mysteries and writing children's stories.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, James D. Lyman of Kensington; two daughters, Deborah McDonald of Yulee, Fla., and Mary Jaumouille of Brussels; and a grandson.

Wendi Hampton Thomas

Kennedy Center Media Official

Wendi Hampton Thomas, 50, advertising manager for media and promotions at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 1995, died Oct. 13 at her home in Hughesville. She had cancer.

Mrs. Thomas was a native of the Bronx, N.Y., and a 1976 retail sales and marketing graduate of Albany (N.Y.) Junior College.

She did advertising work in New York before settling in the Washington area in 1980 to join the J. Walter Thompson advertising firm as a regional media buyer. Her clients included the Marine Corps and Washington area Ford dealers.

Starting in 1983, she was a buyer for Squire-Eskew Communications in Washington and then briefly was a senior media planner and buyer for Henry J. Kaufman & Associates. In 1986, she became a media buyer for Woodward & Lothrop department store.

Her hobbies included gardening.

Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Lovell Thomas of Hughesville; a son, Christopher Thomas of Philadelphia; and a brother.

Thomas Alwood Travis Jr.


Thomas Alwood Travis Jr., 80, a 1943 graduate of Gonzaga High School who had a private law practice in the Atlanta area for nearly 40 years, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 6 at a hospital in Atlanta.

Mr. Travis, who was born in Washington, entered the Navy's V-12 program after graduating from high school and briefly attending the University of Virginia. He later graduated from Georgia Tech and Woodrow Wilson Law School in Atlanta.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Irma Hathcock Travis of Atlanta; three daughters, Linda Stevens of Grayson, Ga., Gwendolyn Hammond of Norcross, Ga., and Joyce Christianson of Exeter, N.H.; a sister, Jean Roche of Silver Spring; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Thomas A. Rogers Jr.

GWU Human Resources Director

Thomas A. Rogers Jr., 57, former director of human resource services at George Washington University, a guitar enthusiast and a Civil War buff, died Oct. 8 at Georgetown University Hospital. He had primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare liver disease.

Mr. Rogers worked at GWU for 25 years, beginning as an employment specialist in 1977. He rose to director of human resources, overseeing a staff responsible for personnel issues for faculty, staff and retirees.

He also implemented an initiative to computerize payroll databases and coordinated the university's United Way and Savings Bond campaigns.

In the early 1990s, Mr. Rogers became active in the National Capital Area Emmaus movement, a Christian spiritual renewal organization. A skilled guitarist, he helped organize and perform in the music program at the organization's weekend retreats.

Mr. Rogers, a lifelong Silver Spring resident, was a 1965 graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton and a graduate of the University of Maryland.

He loyally supported his alma mater and GWU athletics, holding season tickets for Terrapins football and Colonials basketball.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Cindy Rogers of Silver Spring; two stepchildren, Nathan and Cortney Schmeider, both of Herndon; his mother, Jean Rogers of Silver Spring; and a sister, Joanne Fielding of Rockville.

Robert Ford Edmiston

Systems Engineer

Robert Ford Edmiston, 72, a retired lead engineer with Mitre Corp. in McLean, died of pancreatic cancer Oct. 12 at his home in Chesterfield, Mo.

Mr. Edmiston, who was known as "Bob," was a former Fairfax resident and pioneer in the field of data processing. He worked on Mitre's contracts to develop information systems for the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

He retired in 1999 after 15 years with Mitre and joined his wife, Sally, and their son, Jim, in a business services firm in Fairfax.

Last year, Mr. Edmiston and his wife retired to Missouri, where he had lived earlier in his life.

Mr. Edmiston, who was born in Nevada, Mo., graduated from what is now Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. In 1964, he received a master's degree in accounting from the University of Kansas.

After a tour of duty in the Army Transportation Corps and helping to manage his father's three department stores in Kansas, he worked in information management systems and data processing for corporations in St. Louis County, Mo.

He was a past member of Vienna Presbyterian Church in Vienna and a former database course instructor for a Fairfax community adult education program.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Sally Allyn Edmiston of Chesterfield; a daughter, V. Lynn Edmiston of Greenbelt; two sons, Dr. Robert A. Edmiston of Chesterfield and James W. Edmiston of Oakton; and three grandchildren.