An Oct. 25 obituary for Helen O. Gillard incorrectly referred to her once as "Mrs. Pond." (Published 10/26/2005)

Yvonne Giles Bolz

Book Sales Representative

Yvonne Giles Bolz, 85, who traveled north of the Arctic Circle early in her career and later worked as a sales representative for Scholastic Book Services, died of a stroke Oct. 15 at Mariner Health nursing home in Silver Spring, where she had lived the past two years.

Mrs. Bolz worked during the 1940s and early 1950s as an administrative assistant at the Office of Naval Research. She accompanied Navy-sponsored research teams to Point Barrow, Alaska, in 1949 and 1951 for nutrition and other studies.

On her first trip, she was inducted into the Top of the World Club, an informal organization of people who have been north of the Arctic Circle. A son noted that she was one of the few women who had been that far north at that time.

"I remember my mother telling me that to qualify for the Top of the World Club, the prospective member had to eat a piece of muktuk, which was a type of Eskimo food consisting largely of whale blubber," recounted Steven Bolz of Lakewood, Ohio.

"However, she said because she was a woman, they made an exception in her case, and she was able to forgo eating it. She said that was one instance where she was willing to be treated differently for being a woman."

In 1953 and 1954, she worked at the National Science Foundation reviewing and summarizing research grant proposals. From 1970 to 1983, she sold books to children with Scholastic Book Services.

She was born Yvonne Forrest Giles in Clarendon and lived her early years in Tampico, Mexico, where her stepfather was a pipeline engineer for Gulf Oil. Throughout her life, she retained vivid images of life in the mining camp there.

She graduated from McKinley Technical High School in the District.

Mrs. Bolz was a PTA president and Cub Scout den mother in the 1960s. She did volunteer work at Whitman-Walker Clinic in the early 1990s, driving terminally ill AIDS patients to doctor's appointments.

She was active in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring.

Her marriages to Francis Woodrow Reamy and Leonard H. Bolz ended in divorce.

In addition to her son Steven Bolz, from her second marriage, survivors include a son from her first marriage, David W. Reamy of Hesperia, Calif.; two other sons from her second marriage, Karl M. Bolz of Takoma Park and Eric W. Bolz of Arlington; and two grandchildren.

Ann Sara Meltzer

Job Training Consultant

Ann Sara Meltzer, 64, who consulted with businesses on job training, died Oct. 17 at George Washington University Hospital. She had chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Ms. Meltzer's career focused particularly on job training for minorities, women and unemployed workers who wanted to learn new skills. She worked with professional associations, public sector training organizations and several nonprofit and consulting firms in the Washington area, Chicago and San Diego. She consulted until about three years ago.

She was the author of a training handbook, "Identifying and Describing the Skills Required by Work," published by the U.S. Department of Labor. She also was a co-author of "Workplace Basics: The Essential Skills Employers Want" (1990).

Ms. Meltzer was born in Boston and graduated from the University of Massachusetts. She earned a master's degree from the School of International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in 1966.

After working for about 10 years, Ms. Meltzer, a lover of the theater, studied at the Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof drama school in New York City and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in the late 1970s. She performed off-off-Broadway, with the Little Theatre of Alexandria, and in other community theaters.

She was a resident of Alexandria.

There are no immediate survivors.

Louise Tannery Williams

Mailroom Supervisor

Louise Tannery Williams, 92, a retired federal government mailroom supervisor and church member, died of complications of dementia Oct. 13 at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla.

She worked for several federal agencies during her 30-year career, retiring from the Commerce Department in 1968. After retiring, she volunteered at Inova Fairfax Hospital's Treasure Trove thrift shop.

Mrs. Williams was born in Westminster, S.C. She moved to Vienna in the 1930s and lived there for more than 50 years. While living in the Washington area, she was a member of Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, Idylwood Presbyterian Church in Falls Church and Oakton Methodist Church.

Her husband of 46 years, Hampton Cothran Williams Jr., died in 1976, and Mrs. Williams lived near or with her children in Ocean City, Oakton and Alexandria until moving to Florida in 2004.

Survivors include five children, Jean Auldridge of Alexandria, Frances Cooper and Patricia Mayhew, both of Matlacha, Fla., Hampton Cothran "Buddy" Williams III of Waterford and Harriet Williams of Matlacha and Edgewater; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Robert Francis Reilly

Retired Naval Officer

Robert Francis Reilly, 86, a retired Navy captain, died of lung cancer Oct. 4 at the Villagers for Hospice in Lady Lake, Fla. He was a former Arlington resident.

He was born in Johnson, Vt., and raised in Barry, Vt. He attended the Bullis School, when the preparatory school was in Washington, before receiving a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1938.

Upon graduation, he served in World War II and in the Korean War in the submarine service. He also served on several destroyers.

He had a tour of duty as the administrative officer of Bancroft Hall at the Naval Academy. In command of the USS Maury, he charted the coasts and harbors of Vietnam. His final assignment was commander of the Military Sea Transportation Service, Atlantic Area, in Brooklyn, N.Y., from which he retired in 1972.

He then moved to Arlington and worked for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare from 1974 to 1980. In 1988, he moved to Carmel, Calif., and a year later to Lady Lake.

He belonged to the Submarine Veterans Association.

His marriage to Elizabeth Ann Reilly ended in divorce.

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Frank of Alexandria, Mary Coonan of St. Louis and Sharon Polkinghorn of Santa Monica, Calif.; a sister; a brother; and eight grandchildren.

Helen O. Gillard

Education Facilitator

Helen O. Gillard, 85, a program assistant with an organization that provides educational opportunities to students from the Middle East, died of lung cancer Oct. 20 at her home at Renaissance Gardens, a retirement facility in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Gillard was born in Columbus, Ohio, and was a graduate of Ohio State University. She began her career working with displaced persons in Europe after World War II.

After her marriage in 1953, she lived in Istanbul and worked at Robert College. She also lived for a number of years in Jordan, Iran and Saudi Arabia, where her husband was an official with the American Friends of the Middle East, a relief organization.

She settled in Chevy Chase in 1963 and lived there for almost 40 years. From 1980 to 1986, Mrs. Pond worked for America-Mideast Educational and Training Services Inc., a Washington nonprofit group that supports educational opportunities for Middle Eastern students in the United States.

Her husband, David Gillard, died in 2000.

Survivors include two children, Sue Stevenson of Washington and Peter Gillard of Polson, Mont.; and a sister.

Claude Veillon


Claude Veillon, 65, a chemist who had retired from the Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, died of a heart attack Oct. 21 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. He lived in Edgewater.

Dr. Veillon was born in Ville Platte, La., and graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He received a master's degree in analytical chemistry in 1963 and a doctorate in the same field in 1965, both from the University of Florida.

He was an assistant and associate professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Houston from 1965 to 1972, then was a visiting professor of biological chemistry at Harvard Medical School in 1974 and 1975. He worked as a research chemist for the USDA until retiring.

An avid boater who had a captain's license, he enjoyed boating to Florida and North Carolina.

In retirement, he volunteered as a pilot of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's Chesapeake Bay vessel.

He was also a two-time Maryland state champion pistol shooter and a member of a national pistol-shooting team.

His marriage to Nancy Veillon ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Phylis Veillon of Edgewater; a daughter from his first marriage, Denise Anderson of Richmond; a stepdaughter, Lora Lewis of Edgewater; two brothers; three sisters; and two grandchildren.

Melvin Francis Flaherty

Marine Veteran, Federal Executive

Melvin Francis Flaherty, 84, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and career civil servant who was former director of finance and accounting in the Office of Economic Opportunity, died of cancer Oct. 21 at his residence at the Arleigh Burke Pavilion in McLean.

Mr. Flaherty was a native washingtonian and graduate of Roosevelt High School and what is now Strayer University. He also did postgraduate work in business and finance at George Washington University.

He flew in missions in the South Pacific as a Marine Corps aviator during World War II and trained other flyers in Hialeah, Fla., during the Korean War. He also served in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

His military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Gold Stars.

He also received the key to the city of New Orleans for safely landing a malfunctioning military plane without damaging property or hurting civilians.

As a civil servant, Mr. Flaherty began his career in Washington as a postal carrier. Switching to management, he worked his way up to director of the systems and procedures division in the Post Office Department. Later, he was assistant director of the Office of Federal Financial Policy in the Office of Management and Budget.

He retired from the federal government in 1970, then worked in the private sector for a few years before serving on the White House task force in 1974 for the settlement of Indochinese refugees displaced by the Vietnam War.

His wife of 53 years, Virginia Johnson Flaherty, died in 2000.

Survivors include two children, Kathleen Flaherty Grove of Woodville, Va., and Michael Francis Flaherty of Vienna; and five grandsons.

John Pershing Harris

NASA Purchasing Agent

John Pershing Harris, 87, a retired Marine Corps officer and former purchasing agent for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration headquarters in Washington, died Oct. 14 at the VNA Hospice in Vero Beach, Fla. He had multiple myeloma.

Mr. Harris served in the Marine Corps for 30 years, retiring in 1966 as a master gunnery sergeant. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

After his military career, he worked for NASA and retired in 1979. He had lived in Annandale, Arlington and Fredericksburg before moving to Florida in 1982.

He was a member of American Legion Post 320 in Fredericksburg.

He was born in Scranton, Pa., and worked as a truck driver before joining the military.

His marriage to Jane Harris ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Harriette "Woodie" Harris of Vero Beach; and four stepchildren, Gary W. Schenk of College Park, Barbara E. Selby of Tilghman Island, Md., Charles F. Kelso Jr. of Eugene, Ore., and Woodrow Wines Jr. of Greenbelt.

Yvonne Bolz, with a group of Eskimo children in 1949, accompanied research teams to Alaska and was one of the few women to travel that far north at the time.